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CHICAGO MED -- "Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This" Episode 806 -- Pictured: (l-r) Asjha Cooper as Vanessa Taylor, Marlyne Barrett as Maggie Lockwood -- (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

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Chicago Med Season 8 Episode 6, titled “Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This,” was a fantastic episode that tackled taboo topics surrounding pregnancy and postpartum depression.

Dr. Choi, Dr. Charles, and Goodwin were tasked with the case of Penelope, a woman who walked into the ED and handed over her baby after she had thoughts of harming him. It was a terrifying situation all around, but thankfully, the doctors didn’t jump the gun and call DCFS right away. While statements like that are not to be ignored or taken lightly, it’s also a big deal to get child protective services involved—once you do, you can never take it back.

The fact that Penelope asked about her newborn Edison—and even tried to give Dr. Charles the expressed milk that the baby drinks—was proof that she cared about her son. After a brief chat with Charles, he was certain postpartum was involved, but it wasn’t the cause of the tinnitus that Penelope said made Edison’s cries unbearable. 

Choi was hesitant to let Penelope hold Edison, but both Charles and Goodwin wanted to see her interact with the baby in order to better understand the connection and bond. And again, it was clear that Penelope wanted to be a good mom, but the moment he started crying the way a normal baby does, it set her off and she became frantic, which then led to a medical situation that caused facial paralysis. Once they ruled out a stroke, Choi diagnosed Penelope with Bell’s Palsy, but that was just one piece of the puzzle. When he went to talk to her about the intrusive thoughts—triggering thoughts that haunt your mind but ones you don’t act on—Penelope was adamant that the thought of wanting to throw her baby felt so real. She was traumatized and terrified, plus pretty tired from the lack of sleep and lack of support. 

Charles realized this needed another approach—a heartfelt and honest conversation from mom to mom. And Goodwin was just the woman to help Penelope understand that it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by parenthood because… it’s hard. 

It was such a beautiful scene with Goodwin guiding Penelope in a way that she needed. It touched on all the topics that are rarely talked about when it comes to new moms, especially the ones that don’t have the “village” that’s always referenced when talking about raising kids. You have good days that are filled with all the joy and love that is emphasized frequently, particularly on social media, and then you have the bad days where you just don’t know if you can do this anymore. Sometimes, the good and the bad go hand in hand. But Penelope’s decision to seek out help was proof that she was a good mom who was simply under a lot of stress. 

The storyline also touched upon the absolutely lacking parental leave in America, which is so unfortunate. Being a new mom is difficult enough because newborns, and kids in general, are needy. But moms, particularly ones without a support system, have to work to pay the bills, get insurance, afford healthcare costs, etc. Not only are they juggling their daily workload, but they are also juggling childcare. It’s honestly unrealistic and heartbreaking when compared to other countries.

The first step to helping Penelope feel more confident was to assure her that everything she was going through was normal, followed by setting her up with some mommy groups and organizations so that she didn’t feel alone and had a support system. Plus, the encouragement from another mom who has gone through this herself went a long way.

There was another pregnancy storyline with Dr. Asher’s patient Caitlin, an expecting mother who had an ectopic pregnancy (not viable) and couldn’t get the medical help that she needed because she worked an hourly job that didn’t allow for sick time. Thankfully, Asher and Archer both respected Caitlin’s wishes and performed a laparoscopic surgery so that she wouldn’t be out of commission for long.

But the decision was a bit dangerous and maybe not as sound as it should’ve been. Due to those supply chain issues, Asher didn’t have the tools she needed to do the noninvasive surgery, and when Caitlin’s fallopian tube ruptured and they ran out of time, Archer assured the patient they would get it done using dated techniques. The problem? He was the only one who knew how to do it without a camera visual. And though he began the procedure, the pain from getting his ribs crushed by a high patient in the previous episode prevented him from finishing, and Asher had to take over and learn on the go. There’s nothing wrong with that since she was being guided by a professional, but it wasn’t a fair decision for Archer to make knowing he would put his colleague in such a tough predicament.

Asher later confronted Archer about the pain, as it was evident it was severe, and urged him to get seen by someone, but he simply brushed her off before turning the corner and popping some painkillers. I was hoping that they wouldn’t be leaning into the addiction storyline, but it makes sense as Archer was so hard on Asher for her addiction yet he’s now slipping and realizing just how easy it is to go down the rabbit hole. The only thing that interests me about this is that Asher will likely be a source of support for him as she’s gone through this before and knows the process all too well.

The focus of the episode was supposed to be Crockett’s newfound fame after the heroics of saving Dayton’s train conductor and jerry-rigging a liver transplant, but I honestly found it to be the weakest storyline, especially when Halstead was visibly triggered by all the attention Crockett was getting and flung it back in his face when his patient, Maria, developed post-surgical complications. The issue was never Crockett, though, he did admit to letting the fame get to his head (I never saw it), but it was Will’s insecurities and desire to control the narrative forever and always. 

Will continues to ride his high horse as if he’s never been in a situation where the hospital wanted to boost its own credibility while riding the coattails of his success. Crockett left Maria, the owner of a popular Italian joint that Will and his family used to frequent. after he successfully completed the surgery and at the urgency of the hospital board. He didn’t really have much of a choice, but at no point did he just leave Maria hanging.

Thankfully, Halstead eventually came to his senses, informing Crockett that he was out of line and acknowledging that he’s a good doctor that wants to help everyone. It’s nice to see grown men handle issues like adults. 

The most interesting storyline of the night was Vanessa treating her patient, Samir, who presented with some strange symptoms that didn’t have a known cause. Vanessa and Samir had an immediate connection and their conversation flowed naturally, likely because she was a huge fan of his work of setting up clinics for in-need patients around the world.

Samir, on the other hand, was impressed with Vanessa’s composed approach while treating him. Despite his unusual symptoms, she wasn’t phased at all, simply trusting her judgment as a doctor and going above and beyond to help figure out what was wrong with him. Turns out, he was lacking the necessary nutrients due to his poor diet, and his body was basically punishing him for it.

At the end of the episode, she walked in and handed Maggie a list of necessary vaccinations for travel. It was evident that the moment Samir asked Vanessa to hang back so he could ask her a question, he was going to offer her a job with his new clinic in the Phillippines. What I didn’t expect is for her to actually accept and act on it—and it seems like Maggie didn’t see her daughter’s decision coming either. 

How is Vanessa leaving when she just got here? I know it’s been two seasons already, but her dynamic with Maggie, and the storyline about getting to know her birth father, have been so good. 

Vanessa, however, had a good reason for wanting to take the leap, noting that after risking it all to buy drugs to help a patient, she felt reenergized and resourceful. Being that kind of doctor reminded her why she wanted to be a doctor in the first place. She knew this was her calling. I can’t blame her either—I’ve never seen anyone so sure about a decision before. 

But is Vanessa Taylor, played by Asjha Cooper, really leaving Chicago Med just as Brian Tee’s (Dr. Choi) exit was announced? The unfortunate answer is yes. 

What’s worse is that TVLine reports this was Vanessa’s final episode. And while it’s abrupt and unfortunate (especially since she was just getting to know her father), at least she went out on a high note! 

We’ll miss you, Vanessa. 

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    Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8 Review – Telepathy

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    Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8 Review - A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams

    Chicago Med delivers some quirky storylines on occasion—with Tyler, an expecting father who claimed to have telepathy being one of them on Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8.

    Of course, none of the doctors were actually convinced that Tyler could “communicate” with his unborn child, chalking up his instinct that the baby was in distress to pure coincidence, however, they also weren’t successful in convincing him that he needed to get an MRI to rule out possibly debilitating diseases like MS. We never got a conclusion to the storyline—other than Asher successfully delivering Becca’s baby despite a few complications—though, I imagine this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Tyler either. Charles isn’t one to give up on any patients, and if this really is something like MS, Tyler will likely come back for treatment eventually. 

    Charles’ personal life bled into his professional one when he agreed to help his girlfriend Liliana’s brother, who dislocated his shoulder after claiming to “fall on the ice.”

    As a Polish person, Pawel’s is frustrating, but it’s not unbelievable either. It seems the man thrives on drama and chaos—and has a bit of a substance abuse issue, hence his consistent requests for pain meds (and don’t get me started on the vodka). After Dr. Ripley treated his arm and shifted it back into place, Pawel went out of his way to sue him for malpractice. It’s bold of him, and creates quite a rift between him and Charles, who just about had it with his behavior. 

    Liliana is partially to blame because she seems to allow Pawel to get away with it. She caters to him and feeds into it rather than standing up for herself, so when she sees Charles scolding and kicking him out of his house, she’s frustrated not with Pawel’s reckless behavior but with Charles’ reaction. It’s weird. 

    Hannah Asher finally got her answer when it comes to Ripley’s feelings for her, and turns out, she didn’t misread the situation at all, he’s just a gentleman who is taking things slowly. The build-up to this romance is very enjoyable, and it seems like they’ll make a good couple, just as they make good work partners. Ripley felt so alive after delivering his first baby—it was cute to see a doctor who still gets that rush so many years after being on the job.

    And then there’s Zola, whose specialty seems to be stepping on her own foot. The girl just can’t help herself despite so much guidance from Marcel. And she not only puts herself in a compromising position, but she also makes him look bad. It would be so beneficial if she just stopped to think through the consequences for once before acting on impulse. 

    While treating Leo, she only saw him as an abusive, bad man and jumped the gun on his treatment. She didn’t see him as a patient or a priority, she only saw him as a donor, even when there was a chance he wasn’t actually brain-dead. When he jumped back to life and startled everyone, it underscored why there are rules and procedures in place that all doctors—no exceptions—need to follow. 

    Zola has been getting a lot of free passes, and while there’s occasions where extreme measures pay off, it only takes that one time for things to get very wrong and your reputation to take the hit. 

    Her reputation is already suffering, so you’d think she’d be playing it safe. How many more things will they let her get away with—and how much more can audiences put up with?

    As for Marcel, he was dealing with a pretty intense case trying to keep a patient suffering from severe lung failure and an infection alive, so he trusted Zola to do the right thing. It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t take his eyes off her without things taking a nosedive. 

    You know when they say that it’s worse when your parents are disappointed rather than angry? Well, Crockett’s disappointment in Zola in that final scene cuts deep. I hope it’s enough for her to shape up and course-correct as she’s a good doctor with good instincts who simply needs to be reigned in a bit. 

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    Chicago Med Recap Season 9 Episode 7 – Living in Fear

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    Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 7 found some of the doctors at odds with each other over treatment plans for their patients. 

    Crockett and Dr. Washington (Sharon Goodwin’s beau) didn’t agree on how to pursue Hillary’s case after Marcel found a tumor lodged in her neck. Washington, who treated Hillary during her cancer diagnosis when she was just a child, wanted to avoid surgery and opt for radiation, while Marcel knew that the placement of the tumor meant that they had to get it out immediately. 

    Sharon was brought in as an intermediary, but when she sided with Washington, Marcel suggested it was because of their personal relationship. Thankfully, he realized he crossed the line almost immediately after he said it, and apologized to her later on. 

    It was a tough spot for Sharon, but one she knew was eventually going to happen considering she chose to date a colleague. She followed her gut, siding with Washington since he had a prior history with Hillary, however, when her situation worsened, she did what needed to be done and advocated for the patient, putting all of her faith behind Marcel to get the surgery done.

    Asher and Archer also didn’t see eye to eye on treatment for Marisol, who came into the ED due to a dizzy spell and ended up having a foreign object lodged in her heart, which ended up being from a birth control stent placed incorrectly. Since this is a unique situation, there’s no roadmap as Archer informs Asher that the wants to play it safe. However, when things suddenly take a turn for the worse during the procedure, they’re forced to open her up anyway. The storyline’s purpose is essentially to underscore that living in fear prevents you from following your heart—Marisol lied to her significant other about being on birth control because she was afraid to have kids in this world (valid, but Archer’s point about it never being a good time to have kids was also on the money), while Asher pointed out that he was avoiding his evident feelings for Margo, Sean’s boss, because he wanted to spare his son. Getting back out there is harder than some might expect, but eventually, Archer asked her out on a date, and she was more than interested. 

    Sean celebrated one year of sobriety, and from the looks of the event’s turnout, he’s surrounded by plenty of loving and supportive people! 

    And then there was the ultimate team-up between Dr. Charles and Dr. Ripley, who treated a patient suffering from a severe case of OCD where he needed everything to be symmetrically in even numbers. Dr. Charles is a patient man who is willing to work with a patient through their battles so they can both cross the finish line together—which gave Ripley pause as he’s the type of guy to rush in simply because the situation calls for it, brushing aside what the patient might need in any given moment. Charles wanted to help Jason get through his debilitating disease—he thought if things weren’t even, it would bring disaster to his family as he once took an uneven amount of steps and his dad collapsed on the sidewalk and died. 

    Jason, who suffered a heart attack paired with a panic attack, wouldn’t allow them to place a stent until he had a second heart attack to ensure “balance.” He thought if he got help without the second heart attack, it would mean that his mother would not make it through her procedure. Charles found a way to prove to Jason that his OCD had no bearing on the outcomes in the real world, showing him that even without the second heart attack, his mother’s surgery went flawlessly. Once Jason realized he wasn’t the one causing pain, he agreed to get the stent placed, without too much damage being done to his heart. 

    As for Dr. Ripley, he might not have OCD to the level that Jason did, but he’s definitely a routine-type of guy. The routine keeps him in check, which is something he realized when dealing with Jason, and thus, he skipped his evening run to let his hamstring heal right up after he sprained it. Asher, who pushed Archer out of his dating comfort zone, took her own advice, giving Ripley a ride home and even asking him to pop in for some “epic herbal tea.” I’m interested to see where this relationship goes! 

    What did you think of the episode?

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    Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5 Review – I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You

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    It was a rough shift for everyone on Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 5. The episode focused on plenty of heartbreaking cases, which naturally take a toll on the doctors who do their best for the patients who walk through their doors. 

    One of the newest members of the team, Dr. Ripley, responded to help an elderly man suffering from hypothermia, who seemed disoriented and kept calling out for someone named “Betty.” While Alzheimer’s and dementia came to mind, especially due to Jimmy’s elderly age, a CT scan revealed something much more horrific: the patient was the victim of a lobotomy conducted at Med roughly 60 years ago. Ripley and Charles surmised that Jimmy was a problem child, so they took care of it by messing with his brain, not giving him a chance at a full life. Jimmy ventured to the hospital hoping to help his sister and caretaker, who took a fall at home, but by the time PD got an address, they were too late and she passed away due to natural causes. Ripley had to break the news to Jimmy, who, in his regressed state of mind, couldn’t understand what was happening—and it was gutwrenching to watch. Ripley felt so bad when he called social services, in fact, that he promised to visit Jimmy so that they could talk about Betty, knowing that the man had no one else looking out for him and was let down by his loved ones for so many years. 

    The case also hit close to home for Ripley, who had disciplinary issues as a teen and who felt abandoned by those who should’ve helped him, something Dr. Charles apologized for when he was his psychologist. The nature of the relationship between these two remains one of the most compelling storylines this season.

    Another newbie, Dr. Zola, tapped in Dr. Marcel when Alex’s parents brought him in with concerns over his very high heart rate. He ended up needing appendix surgery, but during the procedure, they found cancer before running into some trouble with one of the drugs they used to wake him up from his anesthesia, nearly killing the 14-year-old. Zola insisted that Med pull the medication immediately, but Crocket knew that it wasn’t that easy, and after he brought it up in one of the meetings, the board decided to keep it in rotation and make a case to the FDA. When Zola said she’d pursue it further, Crockett advised her to drop it, and with all the hot water she’s gotten herself in during her short time at Med, she should probably heed his advice for now—though I do anticipate we’ll see this storyline pop up down the line with everyone eventually agreeing that Zola’s instincts were right. 

    Dr. Charles’ tough day also included getting his longtime friend, Bert, checked out at Sharon Goodwin’s request. Ever since Bert came into the ED after falling while watching his grandson, there have been concerns about cognitive decline, particularly since his family has a history of dementia. And since Bert is the kind of person who refuses to see a doctor, Goodwin had to get creative, though when they finally sat him down to have a chat about their concerns, he felt ambushed and bolted out. It’s scary to be told that there may be something happening with your memory, but the signs are all there and it’s important to get ahead of it. Eventually, he came around to the idea, agreeing to get further tests if it gets Sharon off of his back.

    Dr. Asher took on a patient brought in by Dr. Johsnon (you know I’m happy to see him coming around more often). The couple’s dream pregnancy turned into a nightmare when the woman’s water broke at 15 weeks and the doctors refused to do a D&C for fear of legal repercussions. Instead, they sent her away and kept telling the husband that the situation wasn’t an emergency as she carried a dead fetus and developed an infection. Eventually, he trekked from his rural home to Chicago to seek out help before it was too late—and by that point, the woman had gone into septic shock. It was touch and go there as Asher tried to save the woman’s uterus while also preventing her from hemorrhaging out during the operation. Everything ended up just fine, all things considered, with the couple candidly exploring future options for their family that they were both comfortable with. Without fully touching upon the complexities of the current laws surrounding pregnancies and miscarriages, Chicago Med showed the dangers of laws that work against women, their choices, and their safety.

    And finally, Dr. Archer was unable to save a patient that his son brought into the ED who was having shortness of breath. Sean, who is a counselor at a rehab facility, put all of his faith in his father, but sometimes, things are simply out of everyone’s control, which was hard for him to accept as he was full of hope and positivity, trying to help people with their second chance at life. While it’s unclear what caused Damon’s fluid in the lungs, it may have been caused by persistent drug use, which led to heart failure, and meant he was too far gone to be saved. I’m just hoping that Damon’s death doesn’t send Sean off the deep end or make him second-guess his career path—it’s just a reminder that life doesn’t always work out the way you want or expect it too. 

    Maggie assisted Dr. Johnson throughout his visit, all while getting her divorce papers officially notarized. When the moment finally came, it was nice to see her get the support of Asher and Zola, while also acknowledging that she has an interest in Johnson… when she’s finally ready to get back out there again. 

    What did you think of the episode? Did it pull on your heartstrings?

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