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Thursday, July 21, 2011

6 - Citizen Care Class

[8:07- Background - Sardar Fairs and Stabilisation shots.
8:24 - Special considerations when giving a citizen health exam.
8:39 - Public Health and other allied health professionals
8:40 - Gorean aging
[8:05]  Zenith Sorbet: Today's class is on citizen care. routine day to day issues commonly encountered, and new citizen health exams,
[8:05]  Zenith Sorbet: In fact most of what you need to know for dealing with citizens has already been covered in our previous classes.
[8:06]  Zenith Sorbet: A broken leg is a broken leg whether it is on a warrior, a slave girl or a scribe.
[8:06]  Zenith Sorbet: So I'm going to concentrate mainly on what is different about the citizen thing and give you some background.
[8:07]  Zenith Sorbet: Now as you may or may not know, all Free people in Gor are expected at least once in their life to travel to the Sardar fairs and attend the special services held there for by the Initiates.
[8:08]  Zenith Sorbet: Nominally the initiates run everything, however in reality all the practical issues, food, accomodations, everything else are taken care of by the Merchants.
[8:09]  Zenith Sorbet: During the time of the fair there is a general amnesty/truce to allow everyone to do this.
[8:09]  Zenith Sorbet: It becomes a time when everyone meets and exchanges information and is of particular importance to physicians and builders as new techniques, information and research results are shared.
[8:11]  Zenith Sorbet: We also know that Gorean children are born raised in an atmosphere of freedom and indulgence, cared for happily, in general never abused or starved or sexually assaulted, and protected from the violence and horror of adult society including slave children.
[8:11]  Zenith Sorbet: At some point Goreans come of age, and that is when they are expected to travel to their first Sadar fair.
[8:12]  Zenith Sorbet: At some point during this period of coming of age they will have a full health exam and primarily be checked to see if they need stabilisation shots.
[8:13]  Zenith Sorbet: As you will likely recall, when parents have had stabilization shots, they can pass on the results to their children to presumambly few people would actually need them but they would have to be checked for this. Apparently most have the shots done anyway as a precautionary measure.
[8:14]  Zenith Sorbet:  The Books clearly state that sometimes, not always, but sometimes, the changes are transmitted to the offspring.
[8:15]  Zenith Sorbet: More often than not I gather.
[8:16]  Zenith Sorbet: The quote is from Assassin
[8:16]  Zenith Sorbet: Genetic alterations are capable of being transmitted (from parent to child along with other genetic tendencies)
These genetic alterations, moreover, are commonly capable of being transmitted. For example, though I received the series of injections when first I came to Gor many years ago I had been told by Physicians that they might, in my case, have been unnecessary, for I was the child of parents who, though of Earth, had been of Gor, and had received the serums.
[8:17]  Zenith Sorbet: Now there may be argument that everyone gets them from that quote as a precautionary measure, I agree.
[8:21]  Zenith Sorbet: I don't know for certain, but most of the members of Green Caste of Gor and Physicians Caste of Gor, if they have considered it seem to feel that most likely everyone got a physical when they arrrived at the fair.
[8:21]  Zenith Sorbet: This would would fit how every incoming ship is met by physicians at every major port to prevent the spread of plagues.
[8:21]  Zenith Sorbet: It would also give physicians a very good excuse to attend the fairs and interact with their colleagues.
[8:22]  Zenith Sorbet: There has been a lot of talk about holding a Sardar fair here in the Salarian Confederations and using that as an excuse once a year to have all our citizens examined.
[8:23]  Zenith Sorbet: So far it has not happened and we are not of a strength to do this. We can barely manage the slave exams.
[8:23]  Zenith Sorbet: But as we contintue to grow that is our long term goal.
[8:23]  Zenith Sorbet: So each physician would have basically the same exam for a citizen as for the slave exam with a few important differences.
[8:24]  Zenith Sorbet: 1) you never do anything to a citizen without explaining to them what are doing and why and making sure you have their full consent.
[8:24]  Zenith Sorbet: 2) You must be hypercautious about their confidentiality.
[8:24]  Zenith Sorbet: Anything you learn about them in your check up must never be shared with anyone else and you have to ensure no one is in the infirmary to hear your talk.
[8:25]  Zenith Sorbet: 3) You must be very aware of a Free Woman's modesty.
[8:25]  Zenith Sorbet: You would never, for example have her strip naked and jump up on the gynecological exam table.
[8:26]  Zenith Sorbet: You would always make sure her veil was in place and if possible carefully move her skirts and shirts up and down as needed to always perserve her modesty.
[8:27]  Zenith Sorbet: With men, if you are a female, you must be careful yourself to be modest and deferential. While it isn't likely, a man could collar you for behaviour in the infirmary if he perceived it as showing heat or aggression.
[8:34]  Zenith Sorbet: As far as dealing with all the other things you may encounter with citizens, as I review my notes just about eveything you might encounter and how to deal with it we have covered in our other classes.
[8:35]  Zenith Sorbet: or you can read up on them in the notecards except for two points.
[8:35]  Student: raises her hand
[8:35]  Zenith Sorbet: Yes?
[8:35]  Student: do we go into IM if we need to discuss something personal
[8:35]  Student: if the infirmary is busy
[8:35]  Zenith Sorbet: Gnerally a good idea but some lifestylers find that offensive.
[8:35]  Zenith Sorbet: Also some rpers regard IM as OOC
[8:35]  Student: nods
[8:35]  Zenith Sorbet: So I recommend checking the profiles for information on where they are at and using your judgement as to what will work.
[8:35]  Zenith Sorbet: Physicians in Gor do all forms of health care. There is no such thing as a registered nurse or a physiotherapist.
[8:36]  Zenith Sorbet: Partly this is because Goreans are so healthy that we don't need a lot of allied health professionals.
[8:36]  Zenith Sorbet: Partly this is because what we would think of as allied health professionals on Earth would all be called physicians in Gor.
[8:37]  Zenith Sorbet: All Green Caste are physicians and all of these allied health professionals would be speciality subcastes.
[8:37]  Zenith Sorbet: This incudes public health so we are also expected to regularly patrol our cities and be on the look out for public health issues.
[8:38]  Zenith Sorbet: You can use this in role play by ordering an innkeeper to clean up his kitchen, telling a merchant he cannot import kanda any longer, and you can be a general busybody insisting on inspecting ships when they arrive.
[8:38]  Zenith Sorbet: And if they don't listen, as a physician you have the power to shut them down.
[8:39]  Zenith Sorbet: I recently did a health inspection of the docks and it made for some for very good role play.
[8:39]  Zenith Sorbet: And such things are also part of citizen care.
[8:40]  Student: I wouldn't be surprised if more than one female physician wasn't threatend with a collar from an angry Inn keeper
[8:40]  Zenith Sorbet: Well yes that's why you take a MALE magistrate along with you.
[8:40]  Student: and a warrior guard or two.
[8:40  Zenith Sorbet: Yes. The last thing I want to discuss is aging.
[8:40]  Zenith Sorbet: Many people assume that aging never happens to our citizens due to the stabilisation shots.
[8:40]  Zenith Sorbet: This is not true.
[8:40]  Zenith Sorbet: Aging is delayed and slowed by centuries so Gorean can live in the prime of their youth for hunderds of years.
[8:40]  Zenith Sorbet: However people do eventually begin to age if they live long enough. On Gor few people live long enough to actually age.
[8:41]  Zenith Sorbet: They get killed or wars or duels or accidents well before they start aging.
[8:42]  Zenith Sorbet: However if they live long enough, you will eventually see signs of aging. Most commonly you would expect to see them in people like scribes from wealthy backgrounds who would have avoided wars and insurrections and killings and things like startvations.
[8:42]  Zenith Sorbet: In general somewhere around 800 years seems to be the time when you begin to see signs of aging if you had someone who lived that long. Such well aged poeple are described in the books.
[8:44]  Zenith Sorbet: And when all else fails, the best physicians in Gor are apparently those of Treve or Ar so you can advise a person to travel to Treve or Ar to consult with someone there.
[8:48]  Zenith Sorbet: All right, I will pause now and ask for questions.

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