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20 January 2009 @ 05:29 am
 
I think he's starting to get used to this.

He has the return of his eyesight to look forward to, one eye certainly, the other very likely, and chances are very likely that we'll be reimbursed for damages sustained by the port authority, and handsomely.

He really is the heart of this ship. As his spirits lift, so does the crew's. He's back to smoking, cursing and being as lewd as ever.

We wouldn't have him any other way.

We're going to see the doctor tomorrow. We're all hopeful.
 
 
 
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 21st, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Dr. Katesh gives a deep rumbling laugh. "That's very healthy!" He gives Cid's hand a solid shake, his hand strong and dry.

Vincent stands, glaring at Dr. Katesh assessingly. He only smiles up at the gunman in turn. "Ah, and you must be the Big Scary Bodyguard! A pleasure, Mr.....?"

"Valentine." He offers his gloved hand, and Dr. Katesh shakes his similarly.

"Ah, Mr. Valentine. If you like, you may wait-"

"No. I go where he goes." He sidles up to Cid's back.

Dr. Katesh just chuckles. "Very well, as you wish it! Come along then. Is there anything I can do to set you both at ease?" He leads the pair into the back, past the receptionist's desk to the rooms behind. He takes them to a very comfortable looking room painted in warm pastels, easy on the eyes, with several seats and an examination chair that actually looked very comfortable.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Cid's grateful for Vincent's presence. He'd never been comfortable around doctors.

"Just get me free o' this damn blindfold so I can start flyin' again and gettin' my own food," Cid says. He waves a hand about. "So, is there someplace I should sit or somethin'?"
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 21st, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Dr. Katesh chuckles, and gestures at the examination chair. "Mr. Valentine, if you'd be so kind?"

As Vincent leads Cid to his seat, Dr. Katesh rolls up on a doctor's stool with a tray of implements. Over Cid's shoulder, Vincent does his best not to stiffen up. Cid was anxious as it was without his fears added on. His eyes scan the try and find nothing more menacing than a pair of regular scissors.

"So you fly," Dr. Katesh begins, starting to unwind the gauze about Cid's eyes. "You are a pilot? Is that how this happened?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
"Air Pirates, at the port," Cid says, stiff where he lay in the chair. "Tried te fuckin' ambush us under the guise o' customs. Bastards. Talkin' 'bout sickness and crap... But yeah, 'm the Cap'n. They didn't get my ship, but they got my eye real good."
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 21st, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
"Care to elaborate? I'd like to know exactly what I'm dealing with here..."
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
"I was wearing goggles and got shot in the goddamn eye," Cid says frankly. "The bullet didn't get through, but the glass did. Our ship's Doc reckons my right eye's alright, but the left... well, that's why we're here."
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 21st, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
"I see," Dr. Katesh replies lightly, and finishes unraveling the gauze, removing the two cotton pads. It's to his credit that he doesn't grimace, or in anyway outwardly show anything more than interest as he cradles Cid's face. looking over his eyes. "Your ship's doctor seems to have the right of it; your right eye has nothing more than bruising, but lets be sure." He takes an implement off the tray, pressing it into Cid's hand. It's shaped a bit like a spoon, where the ladle end was rounder and broader. "Please hold that up to your left eye, thank you; open your right?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 21st, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Cid does as told, holding the spoon-like implement over his eye. His opens his right awkwardly, squinting against the light that he wasn't used to, the eye still tender.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
"Very good, very good," the doctor purrs. "Can you do me the favor of moving the eye, and telling me if you can differentiate shapes and colors...?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Cid looks around. "I can see the room... you," he says, his eye coming to settle on the doctor. "It's a little blurry, but it aint so bad." His eye starts to water and sting, so Cid closes it with a grimace, a tear running down his cheek. "Still hurts like a motherfucker," he growls.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Dr. Katesh chuckles, letting Cid close his eye. "It'll be that way for some time, I am afraid; a few days more, but after that, the bruising will have eased, the vessels will have relaxed, and your eyesight should be as good as it's ever been. Now, please, move the occluder to your right eye, very good. Can you tell me, by any chance, if you've a phobia of needles?"

Vincent tenses over Cid's shoulder.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
Cid tenses, and moves the spoon slowly over his right eye. Even with his left closed, one could tell it wasn't in good condition. "...Not needles exactly. Can't say 'm all too damn comfortable 'round doctors in general. No offense."
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
"I won't take offense," the doctor says cheerily. "Many feel that way. My concern is that my prodding your eye will cause you discomfort; I'd like to give you something for the pain, a local. Is that all right?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Cid nods. "Sure, if that's what ye think's best."
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
Vincent doesn't seem to be quite so easy-going, stiff as a board and glaring at the doctor.

Dr. Katesh catches the wary stare, and just smiles. "Don't be concerned. A local is better for him. He may keep his wits about him, remain aware, all without suffering any pain. I have been doing this for many years now; I'm very good. He will not even feel the needle."

Vincent just stares.

Taking that as permission enough, he readies the needle, and dabs some sort of gel on the inside of his eye, by his nose, and quickly gives him the shot. All Cid feels is the momentary cold of the gel.

"Very good?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
"S'alright," Cid says. "Am I gonna be talkin' with a lisp or somethin' soon?"
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 04:43 am (UTC)
"I am afraid not. I have already administered the local; all it will do will numb the area around the eye, while I take a look."

He rolls forward, inching closer to Cid, and begins to prod and feel at the eye, delicately peeling back the lids, examining the eye. As he works, his moustache droops in a frown of concentration.

"Have you been able to move your eye or the eyelid since the accident?"
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
"Since the glass were taken out, it's been too fuckin' painful te do much with it," Cid says.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
The doctor hums vaguely, and pulls back. "All right, I think that's about it. I'll take the occluder back and wrap you back up."
Cid: getin' pissedsmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Cid frowns. "What.. I thought... I was expectin' surgery or somethin'."
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
"Surgery, no. Chances are good that you will need an advanced procedure. I myself cannot claim that I am adept enough to perform such procedures." He takes back the occluder, and begins to wrap Cid back up.

"While I could make the eye and the lid whole again, I could not guarantee that I would do it in such a fashion that would allow you to see again."

He finishes up, and sighs, leaning on his knees. "Mr. Highwind, I must be frank with you. The eye is a delicate apparatus. Injuries of the type you have sustained can cause serious damage... possibly, irreversible damage. I advise that you continue to seek help, as fast as you are able, but... do not be surprised, if nothing can be done. I dislike jumping to conclusions, but based on my examination... you will, if you have not already, lose the use of your eye entirely. I am so very sorry, Captain. I wish I had a better prognosis."
Cid: darksmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Cid just sits there in the chair, saying nothing, doing nothing, like the life had been sucked right out of his body.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
The doctor leans forward, squeezing Cid's knee.

"Take all the time you need. You will not be disturbed."

He stands, giving Vincent an equally apologetic look, and leaves, the door snicking shut behind him.

All Vincent can do is look down at Cid, feeling bloodless and cold in the wake of the doctor's prognosis - at seeing the great Captain look so small and wasted in the chair.

He rests a hand on Cid's shoulder.
Cid: serioussmokin_highwind on January 22nd, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Cid still doesn't move, lost in his head, in the horror, the thoughts, the diagnosis.

Lost.
Vincent Valentinebeastunderneath on January 22nd, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
Vincent seems to sense how lost Cid was.

".... let's go home, Chief."
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