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Re: Brisbane, Queensland
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2019, 03:26:21 PM »



Seeing how Elle’s mother greeted her daughter made him warm to his heart. He really envied them, in a good way, to have this kind of relationship. How the heck did she manage to be so far away from them for such long periods of time?
“Pleasure to meet you too, Mrs. McFearson,” Mike replied, returning the warm smile. “Yeah, Elle has told me bits and pieces, so I've really been looking forward to finally meet you in person. I just wished it had been under better circumsta...”

Before he got any further, Theresa came back; Mike had hoped for a bit more privacy or at least a chance to get to know her before asking what he was about to. It felt border line to obtrusive, but there was nothing more to do than to play the cards as they were dealt.
Turning back to Elle’s mother, Mike took on a slightly more serious tone, “As Elle might have told you, I work as a medical doctor in he US and like her I’m in the frontiers in that area. When Theresa here mentioned the rapid decline of your husband, it piqued my interest and I was wondering if I could have a chance to look in to this a bit? Maybe there’s something someone has overlooked or hasn’t taken in to consideration when looking at the problem from another angle?”
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Re: Brisbane, Queensland
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2019, 06:05:56 PM »

 

 "I was at University when Arthur and I met Mike, studying to be a Pharmacist and while I did graduate, I've never had the opportunity to work in my craft. I don't regret that by the way. Still something like that even forty something years ago you don't forget." The older woman had an intensity in her eyes Mike had surely seen in the daughter. "If you can find anything, anything at all that might offer a glimmer of hope, I can only say yes. Kids?" She said to her children.

 

 "Go for it mate." Rick said as he studied his father.

 

"You know my answer already Mike, is there anything I can do?" Elle asked, throwing a veiled hint his way. She squeezed his hand tightly enough to let him know she was in his court.
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Re: Brisbane, Queensland
« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2019, 04:15:46 PM »



Mike looked between the four of them and nodded, “Alright. Thank you.” He gave the sleeping man in the bed a long look before moving on, “I’ll go sit in the couches I saw further down the hall when we arrived. Might make things a bit easier for all of you to do some catching up?”
Before leaving he gave Elle a small pat on her arm, “You know how I can be when digging in to something. Forgetting time and all. So check up on me in say, 30 minutes?”

After having excused himself to the others, Mike left the room, pushing the trolley in front of him until he reached the end of the hallway and sat down in one of the surprisingly soft, but very comfortable couch, placing the lap top in his knee and started reading.
He knew what he was looking for, but had no idea if this gut feeling was right, nor if he would be able find it.
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Re: Brisbane, Queensland
« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2019, 12:25:58 AM »

 

 Thirty minutes eh? Well she was known for being a fast talker. Of course not in 'that' way, much the same as a speed reader, Elle could as her Aussie nature dictated when she chose to, speak incredibly fast. For any other Australian born it was almost natural, for listeners from across the oceans it was what many Americans might call 'machine gun' speech; like when a company was getting a radio ad done, you had maybe two minutes of your ad to do in just thirty seconds.

 In that allotted time, she did do exactly what she set out to do, without giving away hardly anything. Rick was still highly suspicious and she was certain at some point he'd do some poking. By the time he might find the truth, as things went the Stargate Program may well be revealed in any case. Maria said she had to head home soon, although she'd be back for Arthur's evening meal; Elle told her that it was most likely her and Mike could still be here. So they left things as they were, with Rick curling up in his mother's vacated chair before quickly letting out a softer version of his father's snoring.

"Hey." Elle said appearing over Mike's shoulder, giving him a kiss on the cheek. "How's it going, do you think you're onto something Mike?" She sat next to him on the couch, doing her best not to stare at his work.
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Re: Brisbane, Queensland
« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2019, 02:06:46 PM »



Holding up a finger in a gesture of ‘Hang on’ , yet smiling towards her, Mike finished off the conversation he had over the cell phone.
“Yes! Thank you Andy. Really appreciate this!... Nah, I’m good. Don’t worry,” he looked up towards Elle, “Elle’s keeping a close eye on me… Of course. Good night!”
He turned off the phone and placed it on the table next to the lap top, “Andy says ‘Hi’ and hopefully he’s forgiven me for waking him up by the time we get back home. To answer your question - yeah, I think so. That’s what I called Andy about. I wanted a second opinion and as well as a way to move on since I apparently lost my credentials during my absence.” Slipping a frustrated sigh, Mike continued, “I tried to call Sydney but it was like talking to a brick wall. All denial and refusal to connect me further up in the hierarchy… Anyway! Here, have a look at this.”
He changed from the patient record and lab reports to a CT scan of a head on the screen.
“Now, I know you’ve had enough scans on your own to recognize a brain, right? This scan was done about seven weeks ago which corresponds to the time of your dad starting to be slightly symptomatic.”
Without really waiting for a reply, he zoomed in on a very small area at the bottom side of the frontal part. “Lesson number one when reading scans – if you don’t look for it, you don’t see it… and since no one knew what to look for…” His voice trailed off and he waited a second before pointing at the centre of the screen, “See this small dark, almost black area up here? It’s not supposed to be there andI’ve only seen something like this once before Elle.”
Facing her again for the first time since she came, he wondered if she had caught on to his train of thoughts and continued in a low, serious voice, “In a scan Jennifer Keller showed me.”
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Re: Brisbane, Queensland
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2019, 12:49:33 AM »

 

 "Aww gee and I could have said something to him." For the first time since they left Amberly, Elle smiled again. "Not sure what though but something. So its a belated Hi back to him." The man was a great person and considering the circumstances she knew he wouldn't feel put out at all.

 On the second point she had an idea, well in fact it was Mike's boss. "Call Anne if you need to, she's the head of both departments and she 'can' open closed doors for you." Then she studied what she was shown, closer as Mike pointed out the irregularity. "I can see your point. Its the same when we're training pilots into combat on instruments only with no visual Mike, look for the unexpected and you'll find it."

 The last bit struck her numb, she knew then exactly what he was talking about, a name slipped from her mouth. "Rodney McKay?"
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Re: Brisbane, Queensland
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2019, 03:59:23 PM »



“Great minds think alike; Andy was on it even before I asked him, saying he’d be right on it as soon as we hung up,” Mike grinned. “So I really owe him big time by now.”
Moving on, he got more serious and lowered his voice even though he knew no one could be ears dropping. They were completely alone in the corridor.
“Yes, McKay. I just don’t understand how that,” Mike nodded towards the screen, “could find its way to here… to infest your dad, but I guess that’ll be an issue to deal with later. So far though, apart from the slower onset, McKay’s had full effect within a few weeks, with your dad we’re talking months. He had the flue, complicated by pneumonia two and a half months ago and that’s probably what started it all.”
Placing the lap top back on the trolley, Mike faced Elle, trying his best of not promising her anything, praying not to disappoint her, hoping he was right. “Look, no matter how we do this, we’re going to need another scan to verify this and see how much it has spread. Our facility in Sydney has a hybrid lab, a combination of an MRI and regular x-ray, so if we could get your dad transferred there, we might get a bit closer to understand what that is and maybe be able to do something about it while we’re at it…”
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Re: Brisbane, Queensland
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2019, 10:01:27 PM »

 

 A slender although calloused finger tapped her chin; for this was not only a revelation, it was something that in the end could save her and her brother's father from a premature death. She knew Art would have a good joke with Mike if he could, saying something like 'screw dying Mike, way too much paperwork!'. Her father was like that, saw humor in the most mundane things in life.

 "We both owe him Mike, and my family. The question yes, is how and something occurred to me. Do you recall reading in old SGC files how they tried to get at General Hammond through his grandkids? My mind right now is heading in a direction along those lines. This...." She waved her hand back towards Arthur's room. "....is far too much of a coincidence." Nodding her head in agreement she flipped out her phone. "I'm calling Anne." If there was a timeline, they couldn't waste a minute of it.
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Re: Brisbane, Queensland
« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2019, 11:54:59 PM »



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"Elle, its lovely to hear from you. How is the holiday and most importantly how is Mike now?"
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