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PostSubject: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:28 pm

At first Roderich had been sure that whoever had sent Ivan Braginski's folder over to him had merely made a filing error--but apparently he did have legitimate reason to go see the annoying patient. The man had contracted something, and Roderich, much to his own chagrin, had no idea what it was.

He strode into Ivan's room, flipping through the folder and the latest notes on the man's chart, which he'd retrieved from outside of the doorway. Some of the listed symptoms made sense--chest pain and shortness of breath were easily explained away by his still-healing rib fractures, and erectile dysfunction was a possible side effect of one of the medications he was on (He had to wonder how said dysfunction was even discovered in a hospital setting, but he knew it'd be better not to question that too much.) The blood in his urine and stool, on the other hand, as well as the shivering and parasthesia that spoke of circulation problems...the former was definitely not the result of drugs, and the latter were distinct enough from dizziness to suggest that something more complex was going on in that area, too.

Well, he'd paninvestigram this, he supposed. He mentally apologized to the lab techs as he jotted down requests for tests, stepping over to Ivan's bedside.

"Hello," he said. "I'm going to need a stool sample and a urine sample, if you don't mind."

He held out two small plastic containers to Ivan expectantly, already mildly annoyed with this whole situation.
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:34 pm

Aha~ Just the person he wanted to see. Dr Roderich edelstein. Ivan was plotting to have fun with him, and the must surprising part was that it wasn't even his idea in the first place. No, the plan came from that sly patient, Gilbert, and... The other one. The chirpy brunette. What's-his-name.

Wait, what did that man ask for? A stoool sample, how disgusting... How was he to get around this? Silently accepting the plastic containers he slunk out of the room and into the public toilet, not the one in his room, specially equipped to help patients such as him onto the toilet. He glanced around to make sure nobody was watching (Especially Matthew, he didn't want to make Matthew upset if he knew what he was doing) and rolled in.

There was a boy in there - That one with Leukemia? No, this one was blond... So Ivan wheeled up to him. "You, boy, shit in this for me," He commanded. He was met with weak protests and advanced on the boy until he agreed reluctantly. Oh godd~ Ivan liked it when people did what he wanted.

Now for the urine sample... Ivan hung around for a few minutes after the boy had fled the room and someone else came in. A doctor this time. Ivan knew this one. He was rather wimpy when he was around Ivan... Which was good for Ivan because a few minutes later, he got a jar of what must be more alcoholic urine than him. Because everyone knew that all doctors drank and smoked like wild fire or something...

Well, now that he'd aquired what he wanted, Ivan headed back to his room. "Got them, Doctor. Have fun analysing my shit! Now if you'll excuse me, I think I shall go test to see if the erectile problem is still there." And with that, he rolled away.

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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:24 pm

Roderich arched an eyebrow as Ivan slunk out of the room but let him go. Heck, maybe the bathroom in Ivan's room was filthy and he didn't want to use it. Roderich didn't much feel like looking in there were that the case--a nurse would surely do something about it soon enough. So long as he got his samples, he was fine with the situation.

"Thank you," he said stiffly, and quickly removed himself from the room.

It took about a day for the first batch of tests to come in--he still had to wait on many of the cultures, of course, but he sat down and looked them over anyhow to see what he could make of them. The results had been negative for his most likely suspicions, including E. coli and a number of other infectious agents with the capability of attacking multiple sites...but, oddly enough, the urine had turned out positive for small amounts of HSV-2.

Roderich blinked at that. He checked the information at the top of the page--yes, that was Ivan's sample, all right. But that didn't make any sense. Ivan had genital herpes? Well, there were rare cases in which it could become involved in the spinal region and cause parasthesia, but that was typically accompanied by urinary retention and some manner of rash. Surely the nurses would have noticed the latter.

There was the matter of a small note about the alcohol content of the urine, too. Since when had Ivan had access to alcohol? What the heck was he up to in the hospital--drinking and partying?

It just didn't make any sense.

Roderich kneaded his forehead, debating his next course of action, then rose and headed back to Ivan's room, tray of instruments in hand.

"Your diagnosis isn't yet conclusive," he told him. "I'm going to need some more samples--specifically, a swab of your genital region and some cerebral spinal fluid to check for herpes virus."

With that, he lifted a thick cotton swab from where it sat on the tray beside a long, thin, wicked-looking needle.

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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:38 pm

Ivan felt a giggle in the back of his thoat, but held it there, as Dr Edelstein listed off his results. Well wasn't this fun! He didn't know how lucky he'd gotten with that patient of his, as well as the darn doctor, who he noticed with vague amusement, that had been avoiding Ivan. Probably a wise choice too... Not that Ivan really had anything more to do with him.

Ah, here's what he was waiting for. The next test in line, and it involved a big... giant... Oh fuck.

The hidden giggle in the back of his throat turned towards the more hysterical side. W-Well... Ivan had worse. Heck, he'd been hit by a car, the whole reason he was sent here and he never once shed a tear. And it wasn't exactly like Dr Edelstein was going to just stick it in without practiced care... He may not like Ivan, but that'd make him a bad doctor... Surely, he should just retake the other tests? They were kind of fun for Ivan. And then he wouldn't have to face... That thing. It was intimidating... Wait, was he going to recieve the swab first? That, he was fine with, he had a plan to do with that one; Watch how Dr Edelstein did it, then do the same thing to another patient and swap the samples, easy as that. But...

It looked like he was going to just have to man up and take the needle like a true Russian. But... Oh god... Did he have to? Just looking at it felt painful. "I-I see..." He eventually spoke. "Out of curiosity, is it you who'll be sticking that thing in me? Or will it be some sort of, I don't know, surgeon. Or nurse. Or something... Also, can I have someone I'm not familiar with do the genital swabbing thing? I think that would be, ah, preferable." Quite. "And would I be getting something to make the needle... Ah, not hurt?" Even if he was allowed something, the needle was still scary. "Or better yet, can I hold Matvey Williams' hand? Or would he not be allowed there?" Or would Ivan prefer for Matthew not to know about what he was doing? Damn, this was awkward.

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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:38 am

"The swab is very quick," Roderich informed him. "There isn't any reason to be uncomfortable."

To emphasize that point, he put on his best straight-faced, thin-lipped expression of seriousness. He of all people certainly wasn't going to invite any awkward connotations to any procedure involving genitals. (Unlike, he imagined, that nurse Francis. The thought of him doing such a procedure was slightly horrifying.) Roderich's work was just that to him, after all--work. He had a disease to diagnose and he wasn't going to complicate things with inappropriateness.

Work though it was, he did have to be tactful in situations like this. Ivan wasn't one he'd expected to be intimidated by a needle, but he had known that needle to frighten patients well-used to IVs and blood tests before, so he supposed Ivan's reaction wasn't all that unusual.

"Yes, of course. I'll give you a local anesthetic so you will feel very little." The anesthetic, incidentally, was in a syringe on the tray, but perhaps it'd be best if he left mention of another needle out of the picture for the moment. "I've done this procedure many times before, so you needn't worry."

He wasn't entirely sure who that Williams was--another patient Ivan had taken to stalking about, he assumed. Which meant he probably wasn't allowed in here.

"I could get one of the nurses to hold your hand if you'd like," he offered, sighing.
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:14 am

There was an itching, tickling feeling in Ivan's nose while Dr Edelstein talked. It made his nose twitch slightly before Ivan pushed down the feeling and ignored it. A local anesthetic? That wasn't in Ivan's mental dictionary... But it was something good, he assumed, otherwise the Doctor wouldn't be saying it in what Ivan supposed he could call a reassuring tone. His words, Ivan supposed, did make Ivan feel a little better... Ivan looked at the needle in Roderich's hand. It didn't get any less intimidating the more he looked at it...

There was a tray with stuff in it, and Ivan didn't want to question what it was, but curiosity was creeping into his mind. Oh, and the tickle in his nose was back, and Ivan had to blink a few times, his eyes nearly watering somewhat... "I don't want one of those smelly nurses to hold my hand. I don't want anyone to hold my hand. I don't want to have that needle stuck in me at all. But if I must, I'll do it with no one else l-looking..." The back of his hand raised to rub his nose. What an awful feeling... It was getting stronger too, which caused him to stutter in his sentence. "E-Except Matvey... I don't mind if he's..."

Ooohh, Ivan knew the feeling now. He breathed in sharply and turned his head towards the needle before sneezing all over it and Dr Edelstein's hand. Then he sneezed again. "Ah... Much better..." He wiped his nose with his hand and went back to smiling pleasantly. "My apologies. Something must have irritated my nose. Ahahaha~" It was funny, in Ivan's mind, at least. He'd managed to delay getting poked with the large needle anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:46 pm

It took all of Roderich's self-control and carefully cultivated bedside manner not to shoot Ivan a look of immense dislike. He looked from Ivan to the needle and back again, breathing in deep, calming breaths before heading over to the attached bathroom with a muttered, "One moment."

The needle was a lost cause; he tossed it into one of the biohazard containers. Then, stripping off the gloves he'd been wearing and throwing them away, he went through his ridiculously thorough handwashing regimen, making sure to get beneath the nails and around the base of each finger and even halfway up his forearms--wherever droplets of Ivan's saliva and mucus could've landed. That accomplished, he shut off the faucet with a piece of paper towel (the fact that many of the rooms had sinks with traditional taps rather than foot pedal or automatic mechanisms was one of the plethora of things he'd complained about to the administration), dried his hands, and went back to briefly address Ivan.

"When you sneeze or cough, try to do it like this," he said, placing the crook of his arm over his mouth and giving a demonstrative little cough. "Anyway, I need to get a new needle. I'll be back in a few moments."

He headed briskly from the room, and, anticipating that Ivan might try to escape from the impending procedure or otherwise mess with the items left on the tray, he stopped a passing nurse and urged her in a hissed whisper to keep an eye on Ivan. Being not otherwise occupied, she just nodded, looking mildly confused as Roderich walked off.
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Sun May 15, 2011 5:46 pm

Ivan watched with amusement as Dr Edelstein's face seemed to twitch with an internal battle. Obviously Ivan was very successful in aggivating Dr Edelstein again! But how could he get Dr Edelstein more angry? Looking around, there didn't seem to be anything in range. But there were a few things which struck him as interesting, like a pair of scissors and a couple of bottles of food colouring. What they were doing there, Ivan didn't know, but that didn't matter. He waited for Dr Edelstein's return with an innocent smile on his face. Dr Edelstein was telling Ivan how to sneeze properly, apparently he should sneeze into the crook of his arm. Ivan could do that, no problem... Not that he thought he'd put it into use.

He watched the Doctor walk away and smirked when a Nurse was sent to look after him. "Um, Nurse..." He grabbed her attention, "I need to use the bathroom, if you could wheel me over there, I won't have any problems with doing the deed." Of course the Nurse obliged, she had to. So once Ivan was alone, he stopped - because he seriously did need to relieve himself - and observed the contents of the toilet. Well, that was an opportunity for messing around. Pulling the the suddenly convenient food colouring out of his wheelchair pouch, Ivan uncapped the green one and poured the whole contents into the bowl. Ah, there was a good colour.. But not good enough. He uncapped the red one and poured that in.

The effect was instantanious. The green met with the red in places and formed a strange, dark colour. It wasn't quite brown, and it wasn't quite grey. It was somewhere in between. Ivan looked around for something to stir the food colouring in and found a toilet brush. That would do! Ivan stuck it in the bowl and stirred up the water until it was quite the disgusting colour. Pulling the brush out, a little bit of it dripped onto the floor. It smelled terrible! Ivan wrinkled his nose and backed away from the splashes, putting the brush back in its rightful place. He washed his hands and rolled back out. He waited for Dr Edelstein's return by the door, and sure enough, he saw the man coming down the corridor. When he was close enough, Ivan spoke up, "Dr Edelstein! I stopped to use the lavatory and it's come out an odd colour!"

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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Sun May 15, 2011 6:31 pm

Oh geez. It was just one thing after another with Ivan today, wasn't it? Muttering something under his breath, Roderich set the new needle down and duly followed Ivan into the bathroom.

He'd expected something red, perhaps, or dilute and light pink. But what he saw was something that was a strange brownish-bluish color--yes, blue. What the heck caused blue urine? He racked his brain--there were a few medications that could, weren't there?

"Excuse me," he said, stepping out and snatching Ivan's chart. He scanned the list of drugs Ivan was currently taking, but he couldn't recall any of them having such a side effect. Honestly, he could think of medications that caused urine to turn dark orange or generally murky, but...

"One minute," he snapped, giving Ivan a look that ordered him to stay put where he was. "Just--one minute."

He strode out again, passing the same nurse from before (who stared after him in confusion as he just made a frustrated noise and pointed back at Ivan's room) and heading from the ward. Once he was safely past the signs that forbid cell phone use because of the patients hooked up to telemetric monitors, he pulled out his phone, went online to a diagnostic database and looked up urine coloration. Ah, there were a few medications that could turn urine blue--but none were ones Ivan was taking. There were some ones for urinary pain, but Ivan hadn't complained of that kind of pain. There was a general analgesic, but Ivan was taking something else for the pain of his injuries. There was one for depression, one for heartburn...

Three minutes later, he came back into Ivan's room, thoroughly ticked off, and demanded, "How many medications are you taking right now?"
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Mon May 30, 2011 6:49 am

Ivan trailed closely behind Dr Edelstein as he inspected Ivan's not-pee. It was funny, really. Ivan felt like, instead of pulling a prank on Dr Edelstein, he was testing the other to see how well he could diagnose Ivan and his strange symptoms. But that didn't make it any less fun of course! It was quite amuzing, seeing his reactions each time. "Da." He moved out Dr Edelstein's way as he requested and watched him read something or other on that piece of paper on the clipboard which lives on the end of Ivan's bed. Ivan didn't know it actually had anything useful in it. "Da". He nodded, supplying Dr Edelstein with "Just-- one minute" to figure something out. All the time he had to stop his facial expression from slipping or letting a laugh out. Then, so suddenly, he left again. What a character.

Ivan fiddled with his hospital gown and thought about what he would do about the needle problem. It was the only problem which niggled at his mind, and he needed to eliminate it. He hated needles. He got rid of that stupid IV as soon as he could when he first arrived in the hospital. And then there were all the other needles which were jabbed at him, they made him flinch, as much as he hated to admit it. But nothing topped that huge needle which would be jammed into a body part he was quite fond of. Well, he was fond of all of them, but he was sure he could spare losing a toe or an ear or something. He didn't much fancy, however, losing use of his spinal chord. That would be bad.

Ivan's thoughts were blown out of his head when Dr Edelstein practically stormed back and shot him a question. "How many? I believe I'm taking the amount of medication the nurses give me. I do not often pay attention, but I do not believe it is many. Nor am I very fond of English numbers. I keep forgetting them." It was true, Ivan found it hard to grasp the English numbers for some reason. One would have thought that learning the alphabet would have been harder, but Ivan found that a breeze. Perhaps it was because his sister had taught it to him- taught both the Russian and English alphabet to him and his little sister. Anyway, off topic again.

"I thought my piece of paper on there," He pointed to the clipboard attatched to the bed, "would help supply your answer. I assure you I am not taking any extra medication. Lord knows even one is far too many to be taking," He huffed. Stupid medication.
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Mon May 30, 2011 11:20 pm

Roderich seized the clipboard, glancing it over--as he'd expected, Ivan's medication regimen hadn't changed, at least as far as his written records were concerned. He muttered something incoherent to himself, looking beneath the top sheet and finding no new medications listed there either.

It had to be a side effect of some drug. Blue urine was not something that showed up as a symptom to any disorder Ivan might have--it had to be the result of a dye introduced into the body. Perhaps a nurse had mislabeled something. Perhaps another doctor--as Ivan wasn't just Roderich's patient, but had a few other individuals attending to his more obvious injuries as well--had given Ivan something and failed to write it down. There were many possibilities and all of them filled Roderich with indignation. This was the kind of nonsense that got patients killed! This sort of incompetence was completely unacceptable!

He had to speak to someone about this.

"You're mainly under Dr. Honda's care right now? I'm going to have to have a word with him." He barely knew the doctor in question, but he was definitely going to track him down and let him know what was going on.

Right now, though, he did still have tests to run. Any of those drugs Ivan might've possibly had shouldn't affect the results, so...

"Here," he said. "We'll do the genital swab first, then the lumbar puncture. I'll go quickly and use lots of anesthetic for the latter, and you can keep your eyes closed so you won't have to see any of it. I know it looks like it'll hurt badly, but it won't. I promise."

With luck, Ivan wouldn't complicate things this time around. Roderich picked up the swab, pulled on his bed curtains to offer some privacy, and gestured to him to lift his gown.
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Tue May 31, 2011 6:56 pm

Ivan let Dr Edelstein ramble on about medication and other things, with the occasional mention of that other Doctor that Ivan sees around, and is apparently 'his' Doctor... Which was probably true, now that Ivan thought about it, because he seemed to be having trouble remembering things and that was probably one of them... He continued to watch the other get increasingly frustrated. It was funny; maybe he'd pop a vein in his neck or something.

But the fun soon ended when it got to the actual treatment. Ivan was going to have the swab first. Okay, he could do that. Even though he was starting to feel rather bashful about it. Which was strange, but Ivan supposed he'd have to put up with it. However, he didn't think he could put up with the "Lumbar puncture" Or whatever it was called. He didn't think he could handle the thought of something like that going somewhere so important...

He slowly moved his arms when directed, and curled his fists around the edges of his hospital gown and slowly lifted. His face heated up, and he instinctively curled up to shield himself from the other, scowling. "About the lumbar thing... I want to refuse it. Or refuse treatment. I can do that... I think..." He should be able to at least. He didn't care how much the Doctor claimed how painless it would be, the more he thought about it, the more he freaked out internally. So this was the best option.
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:33 pm

Oh, geez. Not this nonsense. Usually Roderich only had to put up with such resistance when trying stranger, experimental treatments. His first instinct was to respond angrily, declaring that he was trying to save Ivan's life and wouldn't tolerate any more wasting of his time, but he caught himself before the words left his mouth. Breathing deeply, he forced himself to assume a more gentle tone, reminding himself that Ivan was a head injury patient with little prior hospital experience, someone he shouldn't expect to be completely rational.

"Let me explain a bit better why the lumbar puncture is necessary. Your urine tested positive for herpes. You didn't have any obvious lesions, but you complained of feeling numbness and tingling, which can indicate the onset of infection. There's some pretty nasty complications that can result from the infection progressing, including inflammation or swelling of the brain. Because you already suffered a concussion, I'm concerned that the virus might have increased opportunity to move to your brain. The puncture will help me determine how far the virus has spread and whether to prescribe anything to treat it."

He sighed. "I know it seems like a painful and dangerous test. It won't be. The most that might happen afterwards is you might have a headache or feel some soreness once the anesthesia wears off. I'll just have you turn on your side and close your eyes and if you want I can talk to you to keep your mind off of things. Or hum you a song, or something. Whatever you want."

With that, he bent and quickly swabbed Ivan's genitals, depositing the swab in a plastic bag and managing a slight, hopefully encouraging smile. "Done with that part. All right, now--you can do this. Trust me."
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:59 pm

Ivan listened to Dr Edelstein's ramblings and sighed. He'd gotten himself into his and he'd just have to deal with it, he supposed. so he slowly, yet obediently lay on his side. Perhaps this whole trick was a bad idea... He sort of regretted it in the first place... Well, he knew that he wouldn't be doing it again at least. But he couldn't tell Dr Edelstein that he was winding the other up either... His head hurt so much, damn...

He shut his eyes and decided to let Dr Edelstein whatever he liked, and be done with it. Soon it'd all blow over and... "I feel dizzy..." He mumbled, rubbing the bridge of his nose in irritation. The sort of dizzy which usually resulted him in blacking out and waking up without remembering what had just happened. One day he'd work out what triggered the damn black outs, and maybe he'd be able to prevent them. Or perhaps they'll go away. You never know.

And then he fainted.
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:36 pm

Upon noticing that Ivan had passed out, Roderich did something rare--he outright swore under his breath.

His free hand briefly clenching into a fist, he glanced at the monitors Ivan was hooked up to, just to make sure the faint wasn't caused by anything serious. Nope--looked like vasovagal syncope. He set the bag aside and turned Ivan onto his back, lifting his legs to assist the blood flow to his brain.

Once Ivan started coming to, unwilling to wait any longer, Roderich shifted him onto his side again--which was slightly difficult, considering how huge he was--and went for the anesthetic, plunging the little syringe full of it into Ivan's back. He injected it in record time, crossing over and setting it back on the tray.

"Okay," he huffed, seating himself on the edge of the bed with the lumbar puncture needle as he waited the moments it took for the anesthetic to kick in. "Mr. Braginski. I want you to keep your eyes shut, take deep breaths, relax, try not to get worked up. Don't think about what's going on, just listen to me. What kind of songs do you like? I'll sing you a song. Music always helps calm me down..."
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:36 pm

When Ivan came around, he opened his eyes blearily. The first thing he heard was a gentle but firm male voice telling him to keep his eyes closed, so he obediently shut them again. Where was he anyway? Hospital, that's all he remembered... But this was too nice for hospital... And for some reason, his back was feeling odd... Actually, he couldn't really feel it at all. It was a strange feeling. He didn't realise he was aware that he could feel it normally...

Now the voice was telling him to relax. Ivan thought he was doing a pretty good job of it in the first place. The man directed him to just listen to his voice... And Ivan obligued. It was a rather nice voice, and Ivan took deep breaths, enjoying himself... Why was he doing this? Ah, that didn't matter right now. Ivan would just enjoy the man's voice. Was it just him, or was the voice someone he knew? Yes...

When the man requested that Ivan pick a song, he mumbled, "Я Литтл чашку чая..." It was so much easier to talk in his mother tongue... And you know what else? These pillows felt like soft, fluffy clouds! He kinda felt like... Like he was floating away...

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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:00 pm

God, it was nice to finally be able to get down to business. He didn't know Russian and wasn't sure exactly what Ivan had named, but he didn't want to press him at this point. Something told him it was probably a kids' song, though. Ivan, though huge and rather intimidating-looking, seemed the type to like that kind of thing when feeling vulnerable.

"How about..." Roderich mused, taking care to keep his voice as soothing as he could, "twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are..."

Hopefully, no nurse or doctor would come walking in and witness him singing. He'd tried this tactic a handful of times before on extremely stressed patients, and once in the past an oncologist he knew happened to come upon him going at a girlish pop song the patient had requested while hooking up IVs. He'd been embarrassed, to say the least. More like mortified, really, even though the doctor had promptly informed him that he had a good singing voice. His plea for him not to include that incident in the usual hospital gossip didn't seem to have much effect, either...

He felt along Ivan's spine, then carefully inserted the needle. He went slowly, feeling for the moments of give that told him where he was, and once he was satisfied that he'd gotten past the arachnoid mater, he took up some of the fluid. Keeping a hand on the skin around the needle, he then withdrew it. He applied a bandage to the site, still singing that silly tune over and over until the needle was neatly packaged for the lab.

"Done," he declared. "That wasn't so bad, was it? Anyway, I must be going, so I'll see you later when I get your results."

With that, he left, deciding to head down to the gift shop and reward himself with a quick bit of chocolate. Heck, he deserved something for being that nice to such an irritating patient.


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He'd had the sinking feeling that he wasn't going to get the results he wanted or expected, and sure enough, he didn't.

He scooped up Ivan's lab report and read it in transit, getting onto the elevator to his floor. Both samples--the swab and the fluid--had come up negative for HSV-2. For curiosity's sake, he'd requested they be tested for a handful of other STDs and common illnesses as well, and heck, everything had come out negative. It was an outcome that seemed entirely disconnected from the results from Ivan's stool and urine. Either something had been seriously mixed up in the lab, or...

He was getting a very dark suspicion about this, mainly because he knew he wasn't an idiot. He regularly identified strange and obscure diseases; he'd seen hundreds of rounds of testing through...he knew he was pursuing a valid course, and this simply wasn't making logical sense. Something was interfering--he just didn't know what.

Perhaps Dr. Honda would have a better idea. He still had to ask him about the medication issue, so after some inquiry at the nurses' station, he poked his head into the room where the aforementioned doctor happened to be with a patient.

"Dr. Honda? When you're done with that, could I discuss something with you, please?"
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:05 pm

Kiku ran his hand through his hair, explaining to his patient that they had responded much better to chemotherapy than had first been expecting and if at this rate it was possible that she could be cancer-free in a few months, he suspected shorted but one must always overestimate the time. Then she started crying in relief and he became a little awkward, he wasn't good at dealing with emotions.

He put a hand awkwardly on her arm, not used to this touchy-feely culture in America. He was grateful when Dr Edelstein came in, requesting his presece. He bowed his head sharply to him, "Of course, Eddelstein-San," He said, then turned back to his patient. "I have to go now. A nurse will be along shortly to administer the next round of chemotherapy. Until then I suggest that you rest." He gave her a polite smile, "I'll see you tommorow, Smith-san."

He left the room and went over to Dr Eddelstien, "What did you want to talk to me about, Sempai?" He asked, giving another short bow, "I hope it's nothing bad."
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:47 pm

Roderich gestured him away from the doorway, lowering his voice a bit. "As I'm sure you're aware, I was tasked on Mr. Braginksi a few days ago due to his reporting a number of general symptoms--chest pain, shortness of breath, parasthesia, et cetera. He also apparently had blood detected in his urine and stool, so I pursued that, ran some tests...his urine showed positive for herpes, but a genital swab did not. I also did not detect an infection in his CSF, which I thought might have been behind any shivering or loss of sensation. Frankly, I'm wondering whether you've noted any suspicious behavior or hypochondriac tendencies from him. This just isn't making sense."

His tone was polite enough, but he was sizing up Kiku while he spoke, wondering about him. He'd barely interacted with him before, not enough for how young he looked to sink in. Who knew what kind of competence he had? He couldn't have been a doctor for very long...

"I also wanted to ask about his medication. How many analgesics is he on? Is he taking anything for heartburn or any mental conditions? He exhibited blue urine the other day. Nothing written on his chart seemed to be the cause."
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:12 pm

Slowly, Kiku nodded as he listened, a picture beginning to form in his mind about what Mr Bragisnki had done. Ivan was a very troublesome patient and well... his amnesia and possible brain damage meant that odd things sometimes happened around him. However, he knew that it wasn't what Dr Eddlestien was thinking, judging by the looks he was giving him.

He'd had this before, he knew the look. The "do you still live with your parents?" look, and he hated it. When he implied that Kiku might have given him something and not written it down, he drew himself up angrily. What a rookie mistake to make! "He is not on any heartburn medication or anything to my knowledge, nothing that could give him blue urine." He said sharply.

"Considering what you've told me, I would say that he was exhibiting Munchhausen's syndrome. However... and I mean this with the greatest respect to him... he is Mr Braginski, and Mr Braginski is... odd. He has some kind of mental disability, I believe. He likes playing mind games. My instinct would be to say that he's playing you." He explained, anger dissolving as he had to be disrespectful to his patient.
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:06 pm

"Does he," Roderich said, and thought.

He thought back to those first samples he'd requested from Ivan. Ivan had supplied them, after...leaving the room. Yes, Roderich had let him leave the room, and goodness only knew what Ivan could have contaminated the samples with once he had left Roderich's sight. Then the urine...he hadn't seen Ivan urinate. What if Ivan had gotten his hands on something that could have tinted the water?

And all those symptoms were so nonspecific, unmeasurable...

"Thank you," Roderich told Kiku. "I think I would have to agree."

Ivan was messing with him. Ivan was wasting his time, diverting his efforts, taking opportunities in which he could be helping to save other lives that were actually in danger. He was forcing Roderich to care. He'd brought him to the point of singing, for goodness sake, over a test that he hadn't ever had reason to get.

No one pulled that kind of nonsense on Roderich without getting a thorough reprimand.

He left Kiku's side, heading back to Ivan's room, the other doctors and nurses instinctively shying away as he strode in a rage down the hall. Uncaring if Ivan was asleep or indecent or what, he came into his room, fingers clenching around the lab results he still had in hand.

"Mr. Braginski!"
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:11 am

Ivan rubbed his forehead. His brain was really taking a toll with all these blackouts and memory problems. It was giving him a massive headache. What did he remember...? Well, a big needle, off the top of his head... But before that was a large blank nothing. It's like he was asleep for the past day or something, perhaps longer, perhaps shorter. Was it still monday? ...or was it tuesday his last memory was on? ...Was it still 2011?! Maybe Ivan had been asleep for years and years and now it was far in the future where technology is more advanced and... Oh, never mind, there was a calendar on the table next to the bed. And Ivan could clearly see that it was not only the same year, but the same month too. How nice.

"Mr. Braginski!"

Dr Edelstein? Ah, excellent, perhaps he knew what day it was! Hm, but the man sounded a bit... Cross. Ivan wasn't worried about that but it did mean he was less likely to get any answers out of the man if he was raging about something or other. Ivan decided to wait and let Dr Edelstein blow of some steam before he asked any questions. Instead he decided to spend his time trying to remember what had happened. His backside hurt... That was due to the needle that he didn't want to get... Whatever the needle was for... And Ivan had Dr Edelstein sing to him and that was nice... A small smile fell onto his face. "Dr Edelstein, you sang to me? You have nice voice, da?" It was true, his voice was a pleasure to listen to. Now, what else... All Ivan remembered was being pushed down a corridor in his wheelchair by Dr Spanish Man and some other person... Ivan scratched his head. They'd been talking about something. Ivan couldn't remember what. Oh, but he did remember what he'd eaten that day... Mmm... Hospital food was better than the tv shows made it out to be...

But everything after that, Ivan drew a blank. He couldn't remember why he was with Dr Edelstein when it wasn't Dr Edelstein who was his normal doctor, it was Dr The-Short-Asian-One. But the supposedly genderless asian doctor wasn't here at the moment, and Ivan was confused. He wanted someone to explain. And maybe for his sister to give him a hug. He missed her.

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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:09 pm

Roderich ignored Ivan's comment, striding over to his bed and gripping one of the handrests to loom over him (sanitary concerns be momentarily damned.)

"Let me explain something to you," he snapped. "I'm a busy man. I have about twenty patients right now, many with highly virulent and life-threatening illnesses. My job is to figure out what's wrong with them and try to save their lives. I don't have the inclination to play babysitter to you, and you have no right to take up my precious time with your petty lust for attention! I could have been helping legitimately sick patients in the hours I spent working on your farcial case! I am astonished that you would attempt to deceive me and am thoroughly disgusted by your selfishness!"

He stepped over and grabbed Ivan's chart, scribbling a few vicious remarks onto it. "You should never have been referred to me in the first place!"
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:44 am

Ivan wasn't sure if he was supposed to feel intimidated by Dr Edelstein leaning over the end of the bed, but it seemed like it, so he wondered if he should pretend to be scared to be polite. That was, until Dr Edelstein started speaking. Mostly, Ivan didn't have a clue what he was talking about. It didn't really help that he was using big words like "virulent" and "Inclination" and "Legitimately". Ivan was sure that had English been his mother tongue, he wouldn't have any trouble understanding the irate doctor, but alas, he was Russian, and the words went flying over his head as he made an attempt to translate them. He felt the bag next to his wheelchair and pulled out his Russian to English dictionary and fiddled with it idly, wondeirng if Dr Edelstein would get the point.

Once the man was done, Ivan blinked slowly. "Oh... Kay." Not much else to say, Dr Edelstein's rant had muddled his brain.
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PostSubject: Re: Order All the Tests [Roderich and Ivan]   Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:16 pm

Roderich honestly didn't know where his patience came from, sometimes. In this case, he supposed the thing that kept him from just storming back out of Ivan's room was some overdeveloped facet of conscience, some sense that regardless of situation, walking out in a huff on some confused-looking person wasn't something a polite man did, much less a polite doctor.

"I mean to say that I don't like being played with, Mr. Braginski," he sought to clarify. "I know you pretended to be ill. I know you made up symptoms. You tricked me, and every minute I spent trying to figure out what was wrong with you could have been spent helping someone that was actually sick. You were a waste of my time!"

He shut the chart, glaring at Ivan in unadulterated loathing.
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