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Chicago Med – Nothing to Fear (3×02)

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Being a doctor is stressful. Not only do you have to fear for your safety when it comes to certain mentally ill patients, you also have to accept that many times, they will argue with your medically sound diagnosis and put their lives at risk. It’s even worse when children are in involved.

Natalie and Will’s patient strikes me as a mother who is fearful of hurting her unborn child and giving into the health-fads that so many young adults are exposed to now. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to eat clean and be healthy but when you take it too far, you put your child in danger. In this case, her intentions were in the right place but her baby wasn’t getting the nutrients to grow thus Halstead thought she was only 5-months pregnant instead of 8.

Even worse is that she didn’t trust doctors and believed they were going to pump her with chemicals instead of helping her. Usually, Halstead is the one to go against a patient’s wishes to save them but this time, Natalie couldn’t stand by idly and watch this woman kill her baby. Thankfully, the husband was more understanding and convinced his wife not to press charges. But it brings up quite an important issue — fathers really don’t have a say in what happens to their child. And doctors can’t do much, even if they know the mother is making irrational decisions. That’s scary.

Most patients won’t be aggressive if they don’t like your diagnosis but there’s a handful that will rage out, like the patient that shot Dr. Charles. It’s understandable that the doctors are on edge, especially because shortly after that incident, Dr. Reese has to deal with a sociopathic woman who injected insulin into her body even though she isn’t diabetic. Her excuse is that she purposefully wanted to have a medical emergency to delay her divorce hearing, which I guess can be written off as desperate. However, when Reese refused to write her a doctor’s note for the judge, she got hostile. Dr. Charles persuaded Reese into clinically diagnosing the patient and just went she thought she had a breakthrough, she realized the woman stole her prescription pad.

Was Reese right about yanking her purse to prove her point? Probably not. You simply do not know how crazy people will react. However, her freak out on the rooftop is totally normal. I believe mental issues are the real deal and many times, not treated properly. But I also believe that people use the mental excuse to get away with doing a lot of terrible things even when they know better. So while a psychologist should be there to provide a diagnosis whether someone was in a sane state of mind, they shouldn’t always be off the hook for threatening and dangerous actions.

Once again, this brings up a very valid point when it comes to dealing with a variety of patients. You want them to trust you but in order for that to happen, you have to trust them and be vulnerable, which exposes you to being taken advantage of.

Med has had its fair share of relationships but it seems that things get a little messy when two people who work directly with each other also start sleeping together. That’s the case for April and Dr. Choi, who are terrible at keeping their relationship a secret from co-workers by the way. Choi immediately assumes that because he’s sleeping with April, she’ll go along with every medical diagnosis he makes. And even though Choi has never said or given off the impression that he thinks less of her because she’s just a nurse, she feels inadequate and lesser. Turns out, there’s a reason why doctors and nurses work together — oftentimes, one notices something the other one didn’t. In this case, because Choi didn’t know the patient well, he knew he needed an X-Ray. And because April knew the patient, she was able to smooth things over that he may have disagreed with.

As for Dr. Rhodes, he’s totally burning out. Can you blame him? Robin is quite the handful and there’s no guarantee what she’ll do next or if she’s going to get better anytime soon. But then he also has to deal with Dr, Bekker who is set on making his life a living hell. Even under stress, he’s a good doctor who puts his patients first and makes the right calls. But because Bekker keeps putting him down to Dr. Latham, he gets benched when a patient returns with a valve leak from one of his procedures. When it turns out to be a faulty valve, he gains Latham’s trust back. But will he break soon enough? Or will their bickering ruin both their careers or worse, hurt a patient?

Thoughts on Chicago Med? Do you think there are too many relationships in the ED? Dr. Choi and April are hot and heavy, Natalie and Halstead are finally heating up, Noah is trying to make it happen with Dr. Reese while Dr. Rhodes and Robin are hanging on by a thread.

 

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Chicago Med – On Shaky Ground (3×09)

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Chicago Med brought not one but four intense cases this week, but not even those could save the series from predictability.

Natalie and Will wrestled with ethics because Natalie isn’t able to not become attached to patients.

I feel like we’re constantly getting the variations of the same situation with her character. 

This week, a woman that was 22-weeks pregnant went into labor and despite Nats better judgment — there was no way that baby was going to survive let alone thrive — she gave the family false hope.

Will has made questionable decisions regarding his patients, but there’s one thing I can agree with him on and that’s not making things harder on a patient when you know the outcome is anything but positive.

Natalie was holding out hope, for some idiotic reason, even though her experience and knowledge, in addition to a second opinion from an expert, would definitely confirm that the baby was not going to make it.

Why put the parents through something like that? Why let them get attached?

Maybe they appreciated the little time they had with the child, but it goes against all protocol. And I’m sure such a tiny baby suffered at the hands of all those tubes and compressions.

Sometimes, you CANNOT play God and it seems like all the doctors and residents at Med have one major God complex.

Even though Will knew better than to let Nat get away with it, when it was time to confront her, he simply said: “it’s okay.”

None of that was okay. Maybe letting couples be paired up together isn’t okay either.

April and Choi were once again at odds with April trying desperately to make him a more caring and emotionally in-tune person.

Seriously, how does one man go from being in the army and seeing unfathomable things to making decisions based on the “law” when it clearly isn’t in someone’s best interest?

Obviously, calling Child Services was not the best solution, even if the girls current living conditions were abysmal.

A cockroach up her nose is gross but broken bones and fractures from an abusive boyfriend that mom won’t force to leave trumps that. Especially since the next time around, she might not be lucky enough to leave with just some fractures.

And how are you so naive that you actually think the justice system works in favor of these kids?

That social services worker was a joke. He didn’t even know which girl he was coming to scoop up, she was just a number for him.

On one side, at least this couple is making progress. April was able to help him grow a bit by relying on his own sister as an example. Would he allow someone to send her back to a toxic environment?

Choi eventually came around and even went to visit his patient after April helped her run away. It was good for him to see the reality of these patients instead of walking around making noble decisions when he never has to deal with the repercussions. 

At some point, the series became very focused on couples and since they work together, every issue they encounter puts them in the same dilemma. They aren’t learning or evolving, they’re simply running into same issues over and over again with their patients. It’s like Groundhog’s Day.

No wonder they are running out of funds, they’re letting the patients run things like Dr. Jaffrey, who came for an open heart surgery run by star pupil Dr. Bekker, and somehow convinced Dr. Latham to allow him to be awake for the procedure.

Sure, Connor and Bekker have a competitive spirit but, his hesitation to allow this procedure be done in such a dangerous way had nothing to do with winning.

It was all about survival.For him, his co-workers, and the hospital. 

Someone really should have listened to Connor on this one.

There’s a reason patients are put under — they are a distraction. Especially when the patient is a doctor himself and is so intrigued, he begins calling the shots himself. 

He also managed to tell Bekker, a woman physically holding his heart in her hand, that she was a disappointment. Brave man.

We haven’t seen anyone crack through her outer-defensive-shell until now.

She so desperately sought her former teacher’s approval, and Connor, who has dealt with operating on his own professor before, interjected.

He also had her back, which isn’t a first for these doctors, but surprising nonetheless.

Can these two just sleep together already?

Surprisingly, I enjoyed Reeses’ storyline a lot. She’s definitely lost her way this season and when she begged Dr. Charles for help last week, it worried me.

Would they be able to continue giving patients the type of care they needed while trying to fix her at the same time?

Ambitious doesn’t even begin to describe her desire to get over her fear of aggressive patients by literally putting herself in the line of fire at the jail. 

Dr. Charles probably shouldn’t have allowed it, but it shows that he respects and believes in Sarah.

Eventually, with his guidance, she was able to figure out how to break through the inmate’s intimidation tactic and use it against him. The moment she showed that he didn’t dominate she wasn’t afraid, he cowered.

If she can take that mentality and apply it at Med, she’ll be unstoppable.

And hopefully, that means confident Reese will finally make a full recovery.

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Chicago Med – Lemons and Lemonade

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They always say money doesn’t solve your problems, but that doesn’t ring true for Will and Connor on this week’s Chicago Med.

After Connor splurged on a Porsche last week, he was really feelin’ himself. Hey, for an episode name “Lemons and Lemonade,” I can make as many Beyonce jokes as I want.

The car didn’t help him move on from Robin the way he’d hoped, although it did score im a date, not with Dr. Ava who actually seemed unimpressed with the impulsive buy.

Admittedly, the scene of him driving down LSD was bizarre and very out of character; Connor isn’t the type of guy to flaunt his wealth around and act like a badass who’s defined by his choice of car.

By the end of the episode, he tried to put his money to better use, but while a noble gesture, Sharon is right in advising him that he’s getting into deep.

No matter how thick your checkbook is, you cannot help everyone. Eventually, you will run out of funds…. but you’ll never run out of patients that you wish to help. Do you think she likes making these calls?

Sure, Astrid was a hilarious patient and one of the first people to ever suffer at the hands of Gaffney’s money woes, but I’m not sure why Connor decided SHE was the patient he was going to help. He’s dealt with many patients who could have benefitted.

Maybe he just needed to do something that gave him meaning? Or it finally dawned on him how corrupt the world of medicine really is. The doctors are there to help people and make a difference, but the hospital will refuse a person treatment simply because they don’t have the funds for certain treatments.

Connor is the ultimate definition of dedication to his craft. Not only does he make money by helping patients, but he in turn uses that money to continue helping them.

You’d expect doctors to make some of the most logical decisions, but that isn’t always the case.

Will was so set on trying to make Nat’s son like him, he resorted to bribing him. It would have been sweet if he really did care about the tyke liking him, but his motivations were completely selfish — he didn’t want his non-existent relationship with Owen to ruin his relationship.

This is the first time we’re seeing an older Owen, but I’d imagine that Will has known this child since birth. After all, he was there when he was born. Wouldn’t he already have some kind of working relationship with him?? I’d imagine this isn’t the first time he’s meeting him.

Nat’s dismissal of Owen’s behavior was far more concerning than Will’s does-he-hate-me dilemma.

The child threw blocks at someone, not once, but twice, and she casually laughed it off as if it’s some kind of phase.

How will he know the difference between right and wrong if he doesn’t get scolded, put in time-out, or simply told “no.”

What if Owen does this to another child? That’s a behavioral issue. Will was walking around the ED as if he’d gotten jumped in the parking lot after work.

It’s disappointing, especially since Nat predominately deals with kids.

Seeing them out of the hospital was a nice change of pace. Aside from Connor and Robin’s relationship, we rarely see the cast doing anything but their job. Do we actually know them other than who they are when they’re on the clock or drinking at Molly’s?

April and Choi’s relationship is flatter than that 3-week old bottle of Coke in my fridge. There are no sparks, no chemistry and the whole “opposites attract” that they keep trying to convince me of, seems rather pointless because they don’t benefit from each other’s differences.

They don’t give each other anything except comfort, especially as Choi repeats the same mistakes over and over again.

His moral dilemma of the week came in the as a very anorexic woman, who he tried to convince into treatment against her will. The problem with Choi is that he thinks he knows better than everyone.

How many times has he gone against what Dr. Charles has advised? There’s a reason why doctors need to consult psychologists on various matters; they aren’t equipped to fully understand how someone interprets a situation, what their thinking, or how they’ll react.

Yes, seeing an anorexia patient that’s as thin as paper is hard, especially because ideally, the fix should be simple: give her a feeding tube and plump her back up.

But the issue is deeply rooted in the psychological. This woman is so used to her way of thinking, she doesn’t want the treatment. And legally, you cannot GIVE IT TO HER.

Many times, the right decision and the moral decision are two different things but Choi struggles discerning between the two.

His intentions are in the right place, but he should have learned by now that intentions don’t save lives.

Recently, in The Resident, Dr. Devin forcibly saved a woman and Dr. Conrad informed him that he may have brought back her heartbeat, but she was now braindead. Instinct will tell you to fight till the end, but logic will tell you that it’s time to let go because you’re only making things worse. Choi needs to learn this lesson ASAP.

Some of the toughest cases are the ones that you simply cannot diagnose. That’s the issue Nat and April kept running into with their patient (hey, Corbin Bleu from High School Musical!) until they eventually pinpointed the root of his sickness: his girlfriend. She’d contracted a virus from a stay at the hospital a decade ago and infected him. And she could keep infecting him since she was now a carrier.

The situation was manageable but the girlfriend chose to leave instead. “I love him, I can’t put him at risk.” Natalie was dumbfounded, but April completely understood seeing as she went through something similar with Tate. The pressure became too much and it wasn’t fair to ask the other person to give up their dreams or change their lifestyle.

While I wasn’t a fan of that relationship because he wanted to make her a housewife, at least there was some spunk to it. Unlike this vanilla stuff Choi and April are dealing.

When it was announced that an actress would be leaving the show, I was convinced that it was Robin. I mean, she moved back home to get the proper treatment and left Connor to pick up the pieces. Now, I’m thinking it might be Reese.

She’s back under Dr. Charles’ care, but she’s still a bit delusional. She wants the therapy to be working so badly so that she can continue her residency, she convinced herself that it is.

This is part of a bigger problem, however. Her inability to get near a patient leads to an improper diagnosis on a patient that was otherwise irrelevant.

Finally, she breaks down on the rooftop; she tells Dr. Charles that the anorexic woman wouldn’t change but she has to.

“You have to help me,” she says almost begging. He agrees but to me, there was this unspoken understanding that she was now his patient.

If Dr.  Charles is focusing on helping her and she’s focusing on getting better, who is focusing on the patients?

She’s unstable and without a clear head and her heart in it, how is she going to actually do her job?

I didn’t expect it to be an immediate fix, but I also didn’t expect Reese to use Charles as her crutch yet again.

He seems to be accepting of it because he likes being needed. And without Robin in the picture, Reese is his new “daughter.”

Their relationship has always been the most solid and developed at Med, so hopefully they find their footing soon because together, they are the strongest force the hospital has.

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Chicago Med – Ties That Bind (3×06)

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Chicago Med is just like WebMD — it gets you all riled up about diseases you never even knew existed.

A common theme throughout the series has been the ED’s money woes. Just like everyone in Chicago, even the hospital, and heroic Sharon Goodwin cannot cough up enough money to employ the required amount of nurses.

And that’s just depressing. How have we come this far only to cut back on offering mandatory services to those in need.

Maggie, who has taken on several roles at this point, comes up with a solution: they need more patients, specifically patients with insurance. With Goodwin’s blessing, she creates a pizza room — because who doesn’t love pizza? — to draw the paramedics in. Not to mention a 70-inch TV.

To make money, you have to be willing to spend and invest.

From the get-go, it’s blatantly obvious that Reese is going to get into a lot of trouble with her pepper spray. You would think that a psychologist would recognize that she has an issue and talk it through with her superiors, but Reese buries it deep inside. And since she’s no longer able to put off seeing patients, her paranoia increases.

We never really got an answer to what was wrong with the patient that believed his professor-turned-CIA agent positioned him with radium, which is really upsetting. Was he schizophrenic? Delusional? Telling the truth?

However, it wasn’t him that Reese went full-blown cray-cray on. The victim was actually Choi’s patient, who was continuously feeling “crummy” and losing balance, but doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with him. After several tests came up empty, he asked Reese for a consultation. When the patient realized she was insinuating that he was crazy, he threw a fit. Being in such a close proximity caused Reese to reach into her pocket and spray him right in the eyes, which is obviously a fireable offense, not to mention grounds for a lawsuit.

In that moment, it seemed like Reese came back to reality and realized the severity of her actions. She offered Goodwin no explanation, she simply turned over her badge, dumbfounded by what was happening.

The light at the end of the tunnel: Reese’s actions may have saved the patients life. While examining him following the incident, they found his enlarged spleen and diagnosed him with a genetic disease, which was causing him discomfort in the first place.

This likely means Reese will be reinstated and Med will avoid a hefty lawsuit. However, it will take some time for both Goowdin and Dr. Charles to earn back her trust. She’ll probably have to go through some counseling of her own to come to terms with her issues.

Reeses’ fear isn’t irrational either; the patients they deal with have oftentimes proven to be a grave threat. Even after Charles was shot and Noah was punched, no protections were offered for them. However, this is the career, specifically the concentration, she chose. If she’s not up for dealing with unpredictable patients, she should probably transfer departments.

Can I just say how happy I am that Med has removed Robin from the storyline for at least a little bit. Much like Connor, I needed a break from her. I understand that she’s sick and her actions aren’t representative of her, but I’ve never been able to fully appreciate this couple because all it’s ever been is a caretaker-type situation.

Connor may not notice it but Robin is right, he treats her like one of his patients. There’s no love, she’s simply a burden and he feels responsible for her well-being. That’s not the type of environment that will help her heal.

Her decision to leave town and take time for herself may have been selfish, but it was also wise, not just for her own sanity but also for his. His work was suffering because he was always taking care of her.

Connor’s reaction was understandable; he risked everything for her and she just up and left him. But taking it out on Charles probably wasn’t the best decision. Charles may have been an adversary in the beginning stages of their relationship, but he’s come around, even appreciating all that Connor’s done.

It wasn’t his decision for Robin to leave town, yet you can’t fault a father for doing what’s best for his daughter.

Connor obviously didn’t mean it, he’s simply so stressed out, his anger got the best of him, just like it did earlier in the ED with Reese.

I’ll bet that in Robin’s absence, Connor will rebound with Ava Bekker, who he has obvious chemistry with.

Also kudos to Cornelius Rhodes for appearing for a split second and reminding everyone what an asshole he really is!

As for Natalie, she’s always caught up in some moral dilemma.

Yet sometimes, you have to do the ‘morally’ wrong thing because you’re obligated under law. In this case, she had to tell the patient her tubes were tied without her knowledge when she was just 14-years-old. Can you believe that was even legal back in the day?

Thoughts on this week’s Chicago Med? Do you think Connor overreacted Robin’s decision? Should Reese get her job back? Will Dr. Charles ever catch a break?

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