She is sitting in the library, studying. It's her most common pastime, by hours; spending time with her sister is more enjoyable but Jaromira prefers to socialize more broadly and Katarzyna would only get in the way. This is better on net; the two of them share a room, so it isn't as though her sister's time is entirely hogged by the other girls who call this boarding school "home." Or at least "prison." Katarzyna doesn't mind it, though; the school library is excellent, and basic manners and care for the books has endeared her to the librarian to a sufficient degree to lubricate the interlibrary loans process when there's something she wants to read that they don't have.
"Maybe some of them only work on patients in comas! They'd seem perfectly nice to external observation."
"I don't think that's a valid nursing specialty but I'm not sure."
"I don't know either. It seems like it'd be a natural category but I could be wrong."
"Even if it's a natural category, if a hospital doesn't have enough catatonic people to occupy a nurse full-time they most likely wouldn't have a nurse just for catatonic people."
"Yeah, makes sense, though I wonder what they combine them with, what wing do coma patients hang out in?"
"I don't know off the top of my head but that one seems amenable to research." She takes out her phone and checks. "ICU."
"Huh, I think of coma as being a pretty non-frantic state, but maybe it makes more sense than I'm thinking. I suppose it's possible the media portrayal of coma as sleeping for many years and then waking up fine is likely erroneous."
"Oh, I know this one--yes, it's definitely erroneous. Coma patients aren't in critical condition like some of the sets of people in ICUs, but they still require large amounts of care--you have to move them to avoid bedsores, and eating and voiding are complicated matters, for example."
"And even with the best care available their muscles tend to atrophy badly."
"How fast does that happen?"
"That, I'm not sure about."
"One hears about people being put on bed rest, presumably that's also bad - maybe if you're not breathing by machine and sometimes picking up a fork and shifting your feet around that helps at all?"
"Yes, any kind of voluntary movement at all is better than none...but I think the bedsores thing might extend to people on extended bedrest, too."
"Even if they can roll themselves over?"
"I'm not sure."
"I guess a lot of bedrest conditions are ones where you cannot do that."
"Baklava?" Isabella asks, glancing at their empty plates.
They split a baklava. It's yummy. Subsequent kisses are honey-flavored.
"The greek habit of flavoring things with honey is magnificent--have you had loukoumades?"
"I haven't unless they have an Americanized name I'd know them by!"
"How do you puff honey?"