The hours draw on as the surgical team carefully extracts the barbed stinger from Lockley and meticulously patches up the young lieutenant. The strain and fatigue are evident on everyone's faces as they exit the operating room some time after midnight.
She had been hoping that the area would be deserted at this hour, but she is not at all surprised to see Captain Wantanabe pacing back and forth in the "waiting room." Sarah eyes the staff quarters sleepily, but crosses the room to her fellow Captain.
She rubs her face tiredly and begins, "He has got to be one of the luckiest bastards I've ever seen. That stinger is pretty awful looking, got a lot of nasty looking barbs. It could have penetrated a good three, four inches deeper, but it was pretty superficial."
Nagle continues, "I had to cut it out, since we didn't want to push the venom sack and who knows what else through his body. It looks like one of the barbs nicked his small intestines, though. Patched that up, but we've got him on a pretty aggressive course of antibiotics to prevent peritonitis or sepsis."
"He's hardly out of the woods," the red haired nurse cautions, "but we've got his physical condition as stable as we can for now. The next few days will show us what exactly this poison is capable of and if there are any injuries we didn't catch. We're going to keep him sedated for the next 24 hours as we wait and see. We'll start lifting the sedation then," Sarah looks sternly at Wantanabe, "IF you can keep him in that bed until he has healed up enough to be up and around."
"I want him here for at least five days," the surgeon adds, "so I can see the wounds are healing and there are no other side effects."