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Jun 23, 2021 7:58 PM
Leareth is a terrible ICU patient. Does this thread need to exist: no! but who can stop me
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:I am so sorry: 

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:I'm all right now: The thing they gave her for the headache is pretty great actually, next time she takes a dose she wants to see what exactly it's doing to her in case she can replicate it.

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For a while he just snuggles up against her. 

:- I will probably have to be here even longer now: he murmurs sleepily after a while. 

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:Yeah. But it's less bad than if I were trying to take care of you myself, at least, you would have either died and stayed that way or it would've taken even longer:

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:Yes. And I suppose we...do not exactly have another place to go...:

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:Yeah, if they discharge you we will be... homeless... so we should figure something out first, which I'm sure we can, but it might not be the sort of thing we can figure out in a hurry:

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:Is it complicated? This place does seem complicated–: 

Leareth loses his train of thought because he starts coughing, which makes him gag on the tube and hurts his ribs a lot

:- I think...I want to be more asleep: he manages, once he can form coherent thoughts again. :I am - very uncomfortable - and, we are safe here...: 

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Belrun nods. :Marian, he'd like to be more asleep now if that's workable - and if you're done, Nayoki:

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:Nearly done! I should have him test it: 

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:I don't want to let him actually try!: Marian thinks loudly at her. 

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:Also he's tied down now, Nayoki, if it looks all right to you that's probably fine:

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:I - think I will probably not forget this time? I am more used to the concept: 

Also he's VERY SCARED at the prospect of not being able to breathe again -

 

 

- and in general, now that he's actually thinking about it. It would be a lot easier to put off feelings about what just happened if he weren't, right now, trying convince himself that they're safe here. 

:I - can you - I want some privacy with you: he tells Belrun. 

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:- more than just Mindspeaking?:

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:Yes: He wants to be able to relax fully, and it's harder to do that with Marian hovering and watching him concernedly. 

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:Since she's done and none of the machines are screaming can we be alone a bit?:

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Marian blinks. :I, uh, sure? I can shut the curtains and just be right outside if you need anything: 

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:Thank you:

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She does this, and sits outside to chart on how well that went. 

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Leareth tries to reach for Belrun, and is stymied yet again by the fact that his hands are firmly tied. 

:...I want to hold you: 

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:Marian, can I let his hands go?:

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:- I guess. If you're going to be literally in arms' reach the entire time: 

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:I'm not going anywhere: She undoes the restraints and snuggles up.

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He curls against her and tries to hold her tightly, though this is limited by the fact that his breathing tube is in the way and he has to avoid pulling any of the other tubes or wires. 

:I was so scared. I - it feels stupid to say that I missed you - there was hardly any time and I cannot really have emotions when I am dead - but - I almost lost you - you almost lost me...: 

The frequency at which Leareth cries is 'almost never' but this seems like an appropriate time for it. 

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She brushes tears off his cheeks in case they'd disagree with tubes. :It was very bad, don't do it again:

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It's extremely frustrating that he is, right now, literally incapable of blowing his nose. Also the ventilator is being very rude and refusing to take the fact that he's crying into account for when he should have to breathe. 

:Will you stay. Stay right here?: 

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