How long does it take that tomato tree to grow from a sapling into a fruit baring bush?
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmonths happened in the last 3 minutes of the show.
but I said 2 to 8 months, depending on how you looked at it, then added another month for stasis, which turned out, thank you, to be only 17 days, but Tuvok would have taken over as Captain before they went into stasis depending on how bad what was wrong with them.
Unless the federation was engineering super seeds...
It takes 75 to 90 days for a tomato plant to fully mature.
too sick to work + 17 day stasis + almost the entire entire episode + 3 months to grow tomatoes = How long Tom was a Lt Commander.