Is getting a second opinion so wrong?
The egos at Chicago Med continue to reign supreme, and at this point, it’s interfering with patient care.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s a difference between getting a second opinion and sticking your nose into someone else’s business. But there’s also the way you go about it that matters.
While Natalie and Crockett may have “double doctored” Dean Asher, it wasn’t as bad as what Dean did to Ethan. Their intentions were solely about helping the patient, while he wanted to prove a point and being right.
There’s a difference.
Natalie brought up Darby’s infected gallbladder a few times, but her concerns kept getting shut down even though Dean wasn’t able to find another cause responsible for the patient’s stabbing pains.
And even if the gallbladder wasn’t the issue this time, ignoring it would likely lead to problems in the future. At the very least, he could’ve given Darby the option to get a procedure so that it would be her choice.
Dean didn’t even anything other than what he thought was right, and he simply shut it down because he already established an opinion about Natalie earlier in the day after seeing her flirting with Marcel.
Natalie understandably took a personal interest in the case because it turned out to be someone she knew. She didn’t want her friend to be discharged only to have her come back with the same issue, or worse, in the future.
However, when Dean crossed the line and undermined Ethan, it wasn’t because he was concerned about the patient — he was being a smug asshole.
His attitude has been a problem since day one. This time, he got away with that type of behavior because he ended up being right about his diagnosis of Ethan’s patient, but the way he approached the whole situation was problematic.
He told Ethan early on that he was comfortable with the chain of command, but that’s definitely not the case as threw shade and criticism at how Ethan was running the ED at every opportunity.
And bringing up Natalie and Crockett’s relationship was not coming from a place of concern for the hospital – he did it because he couldn’t keep his nose out of other people’s business.
This man really thought he was so important that the duo purposefully conspired against him. Get off your high horse, Dean.
And while there are definitely benefits to disclosing a relationship, as we’ve seen them be problematic at times, this wasn’t about that.
In this rare instance, Crockett and Natalie make an even better team because they are together. The same couldn’t be said for her relationship with Will or Choi’s relationship with April as they would often butt heads about patient care.
Crockett and Natalie continuously find themselves on the same page and often turn to each other for moral support. They make a good team.
I might even go on a limb and say they are the least toxic relationship the series has ever seen, so I was not pleased with someone trying to destroy that, especially as it led to a tense moment Crockett thought she might be having reservations.
Thankfully, by the end of the hour, she admitted she was simply hesitant to publicly disclose their relationship out of fear, and Crockett was more than understanding. He signed those papers immediately. Swoon!
Natalie’s hesitations were understandable considering her miserable track record in the relationship department, but as I’ve said, up until this point, Crockett seems like the most solid choice in awhile.
It’s entirely possible that introducing the idea of disclosing relationships will help the ED function without personal feelings interfering.
In yet another major move, Chicago Med may be introducing a longer-arc for one of its patients.
Ramona seems like she’s going to be sticking around for a while and causing quite a bit of trouble for Dr. Charles.
We’ve seen Dr. Charles deal with his fair share of patients that have needed to be put on an involuntary psychiatric hold, but we’ve never actually seen him fear for his life.
But being ambushed by an unstable patient with a tendency of projecting her feelings of abandonment on her doctor’s is enough to freak anyone out.
Within the hour, Ramona transferred the obsessive feelings she had for a doctor at East Mercy onto Dr. Charles, the most recent doctor to express a little concern over her wellbeing.
The loss of her father really took a toll on her, but is she trying to fill a void left behind by him, or are these feelings more romantic in nature? I couldn’t quite figure it out.
Will Dr. Charles be able to break this spell? Or will she prove to be a danger? We already know she’s more than capable of harming herself in order to get attention.
How far will she go?
After Maggie brought up giving her daughter up for adoption at the age of 16, it was clear that the series was going to pursue this storyline, especially with Auggie moving to Los Angeles to live with his new family and his brother.
And I have mixed feelings about it.
On one hand, it’s definitely important that Med brings attention to adoption, but on the other hand, I don’t want Maggie to pursue finding her daughter out of some twisted sense of loneliness.
She has every right to feel abandoned and lonely right now, but maybe she needs to wait until all of her emotions about Auggie leaving subside before she makes this big jump.
She told Sharon that she’s carried the pain of giving up her daughter all this time and it’s only getting stronger, but to the audience, this is brand-new information, so it almost seems haste on Maggie’s part.
It doesn’t feel like it’s about Maggie’s daughter as much as it is about Maggie filling a void.
Also, Sharon brought up a good point — does Maggie’s daughter even want to reconnect with her adopted mother? What if she doesn’t know she’s adopted.
I think Maggie has this idea that she’ll be able to make up for lost time by reconnecting, but the situation could go either way. Her daughter might resent her. And there’s no guarantee it’ll bring any closure. She needs to be prepared for all the outcomes and not just the one she wants.
Maggie keeps stumbling into these situations where she’s reminded of all that she’s lost and given up.
The latest case involved a young pregnant woman who couldn’t afford healthcare. Maggie met her at the thrift shop and immediately gravitated towards her, which is when she realized the woman was bleeding profusely.
Again, it felt like the woman wasn’t going to make it and Maggie would end up with yet another opportunity to adopt a child.
When the episode took a different direction and the woman learned that her baby had spina bifida, she blamed herself for causing her child harm and decided to contact DCFS. That’s when I thought Maggie would intervene anyway and make the decision to adopt a newborn, however, I’m glad that she chose to support Tione instead and explain that she can still care for her child through the help of many resources.
It was a heartbreaking case cause it was clear Tione loved her child and wanted what was best for him, but she simply felt like she wasn’t giving that to him because of her financial status. No mother should have to worry about being able to provide a safe and loving environment for her child. And I wish Tione was directed to free clinics that help pregnant women without insurance.
I can’t help but call out the scene between the two women and the questionable use of face masks. Why did Maggie enter the store not wearing a face mask? And why did Tione take hers off when asking the employee a question?
Both of those instances defeat the way face masks are supposed to work in public settings. I understand the show’s explanation that everyone gets tested before coming to the ED because a whole season with nurses in face masks wouldn’t be all that thrilling and appealing, but this was the one instance where they could’ve showed proper face mask usage and failed!
Dr. Halstead’s storyline was on the back burner for the week, which was a welcome change of pace.
There was a brief moment where Sabina informed him that they were closing enrollment on the trial as they had more than enough data to move forward.
Halstead didn’t seem bothered by it, but it seemed to upset April.
Has she been avoiding reality by investing herself into Halstead’s trial? Or is she sad that her time working with Halstead is coming to an end?
Is the series pushing towards a romantic relationship between Halstead and April? Cause I’m not digging it!
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
Chicago Med Review – Change Is a Tough Pill to Swallow (7×05)
Vanessa is headed down a dangerous path on Chicago Med Season 7 Episode.
She’s an overachiever who arrives early to her internship at Gaffney and stays up all night studying for the boards, but eventually, that’s going to catch up with you.
She made a few mistakes while taking on too many patients into her rotation, and even though it ended up being something that wasn’t entirely her fault, she was very hard on herself.
Then, when she tried to help a young boy see his brother after surgery, it also backfired on her.
You’d think that after all of this, Vanessa would call it quits, but she continued to push herself and popped an Adderall to stay awake to study.
If she keeps this up, she’s going to end up in one of the hospital beds due to exhaustion.
Dr. Crockett has been running into a little “red tape” this season when it comes to other physicians and surgeons.
However, he proved that following your gut goes the extra mile.
He’s always had really great instincts, so shame on Dr. Archer for making him doubt that, brushing him off, and suggesting that he play along with the hospital politics.
No doctor that has ever tapped into hospital politics in order to get ahead is someone that’s respected or well-known for his craft.
Archer continues to prove just how unfit he is to run the ED.
Crockett’s decision to take Avery down the OR went against what Dr. Blake wanted, but it was a sound decision and saved her daughter’s life.
Dr. Blake took note and pulled him in to assist with another procedure.
Also, did anyone pick up on the vibes between Avery and Crockett? Crockett has chemistry with everyone!
Dr. Charles assisted on a family case this week when a boy was brought in with head trauma.
In a surprising twist, it was revealed that Alex, the injured kid, riled up Ryan so that he would hit him in hopes of getting some love and attention.
It was a sad realization that showed just how far some kids will go.
Ryan was getting the brunt of his parent’s affection because of his ADHD, which Charles realized was yet another misdiagnosis.
The poor kid was being pumped with Adderall, which was, in turn, making his anxiety disorder worse.
This is yet another example of why psychology and psychiatry are important in the ED.
The case resonated with Dylan, who took some time to thank his father for all the attention he put towards his medical career.
It’s nice to see these doctors outside of the hospital. His father, a cop, never held his son’s decision to change careers against him.
And it goes to show that even the smallest little gesture — like bringing Al’s beef — goes a long way.
Out of all the new additions this season, Dylan has been my favorite. And I truly enjoy all of his team-ups with Dr. Charles.
Halstead quest to unmask the darkness behind the Vas-Com continues, though, it came through a more personal case involving a patient he was assisting Stevie with.
There wasn’t a clear diagnosis for Eleanor, but her health was deteriorating. Clearly, Halstead didn’t trust the Vas-Com so he pulled it without consulting her.
Stevie doesn’t mince words, so she immediately called him out for overstepping and wanting to prove that his way was correct.
Unfortunately, she didn’t know what she didn’t know — that Halstead and Goodwin are putting together a case about the dangers of Vas-Com.
Halstead couldn’t be upfront about it, so he apologized. I think it was genuine, however, as he seems to realize just how much he steps on everyone’s toes.
Eventually, the two of them were able to correctly diagnose Eleanor with a rare disease.
Halstead was able to play off why he removed the Vas-Com to Cooper, who informed him that he put it back to monitor vital.
I may be misinterpreting this, but I think the issue is with the fact that Vas-Com kept pointing at all of Eleanor’s vitals being just fine when her health was declining quickly, right?
If so, that’s obviously a glaring issue that needs to be addressed.
Halstead is successfully getting in deeper with Cooper, who invited him to a conference to mingle with the higher-ups.
This is either going to be really great for Halstead or it’ll blow up in his face. Thankfully, he always Goodwin’s support.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments!
Chicago Med Review – Status Quo, aka The Mess We’re In (7×04)
Speaking of status quo, the episode was a pretty straightforward installment of Chicago Med.
Two storylines continued to be weaved through the cases of the week: Dr. Halstead’s involvement in Vas-COM and Crockett’s mentorship of Taylor.
Dr. Halstead found himself almost crossing a line he couldn’t come back from when he considered sabotaging Dr. Neal Archer’s equipment in order to make a case for the Vas-COM.
Thankfully, he put the patient first and stopped himself from doing something pretty terrible.
But in this case, I feel for Halstead. Goodwin has thrown him into a pretty messy situation, and she hasn’t given him any instructions as to how to proceed.
Dr. Neal became an unexpected obstacle when Halstead couldn’t convince him to switch over to the Vas-COM.
Neal’s response was expected, so I don’t know why Halstead ever thought he’d be able to change his mind.
Also, Neal isn’t someone I would want to cross in this situation as he’s proven that he won’t hesitate to cause a scene or speak his mind.
Episode after episode, I find myself muttering “he’s the worst” on several occasions.
I don’t know how this is going to pan out, but I don’t see it ending well for Halstead.
Halstead had a pretty interesting case involving a frat bro with a severe stomach ache who was suffering from a tear caused by an ice cube.
A little warning for those who like to eat ice chips: watch out… one wrong move and you could end up in Halstead’s ED.
Taylor did cross a line with Crockett when she mistook his kindness for something a little more.
Who can blame Taylor? Crockett is charming as hell. He’s taken his position as an adviser to heart and wants to make sure that she doesn’t burn herself out.
There’s nothing stopping this romance either, but I can see how Crockett wouldn’t want to put himself or Taylor in that position.
However, knowing Chicago Med, it’s only a matter of time before he reciprocates those feelings.
I wish I could say that the little heart-to-heart between Taylor and Dr. Hammer was cute, but they don’t really have that relationship built up, so it was unexpected.
I wouldn’t want her to use this against Taylor in any way.
Hammer, Taylor, and Maggie teamed up to prove that a patient was misdiagnosed over 30 years ago and found that Ashley never had cancer in the first place.
She’s been living with the reality that she had a malignant tumor when it was, in fact, benign.
While it was comforting to see her finally find out the truth, it was heartbreaking to learn that she lived her whole life constantly thinking that she was going to die.
She should be able to sue that cancer center for misdiagnosis! They stole so much from her!
The best team-up on the series continues to be between Dr. Scott and Dr. Charles.
Neal suggested that there wasn’t a place for psychology in the ED, but time and time again, cases prove that it is so vital.
In fact, more emphasis needs to be put on mental health.
Scott’s situation with Roland was the perfect example of how flawed the system is.
If he hadn’t arrived on the scene, the altercation with the CPD likely would’ve ended with Roland in the ground rather than seeking the proper treatment to learn that he was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia!
It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, cops aren’t given resources to deal with mental health issues such as psychotic breaks.
They immediately reach for their weapon, and while sometimes, it’s necessary, in Roland’s case, he simply needed to be calmed down and treated like a human being.
Dr. Charles was eventually able to realize that Roland’s medication was hurting rather than helping him. Instead of schizophrenia, Roland had bipolar disorder, which explained the break.
I love that the case ushered in a storyline where Scott and Charles will work alongside the CPD as resources to reform the current practices and teach de-escalation techniques.
Simply, a better understanding of mental health could make a world of difference.
And there’s no one better, more experienced, and kinder for the job than Dr. Charles.
Finally — and this is just a rogue criticism — what’s up with all these new doctors at Med stepping on toes?
There were two doctor’s that Crockett butted heads with about treatment that just felt so out of character for the series.
It’s not nearly as compelling when he gets into it with two doctors that don’t actually have a larger presence on the show. We’re obviously always going to root for Crockett!
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
Chicago Med Review – Be The Change You Want to See (7×03)
Dr. Halstead keeps on keepin’ on.
On Chicago Med Season 7 Episode 3, he successfully baited Dr. Cooper into becoming a rep for Vas-COM and reaping the rewards.
It didn’t take much convincing on his part either; all he had to do was play the “I’m poor” card, and Cooper at it all up.
Halstead’s goal will be to prove that Cooper is getting plenty of kickbacks for up-charging the device.
Leave it to Will to be the do-gooder of the hospital.
Sometimes, it’s fine, but most of the time, it backfires as it did with his patient, Candace.
Candace was an influential blogger who ended up in the ER and admitted to crying wolf about her lupus diagnosis. She claimed she was having active flair-ups when the reality was that she was in remission for years.
Halstead immediately got on his holier than thou soap box to judge her in a condescending tone. He even suggested she was taking donations and stealing them from real charities.
While the writers never cleared that up, it didn’t seem like Candace was lying to get money out of people. She simply liked the sense of community that the diagnosis offered her.
And had Halstead treated her like a human and gave her some time to explain, he would have known that.
Or, at the very least, understood where she was coming from.
Dr. Scott did that, which allowed him to provide some rational and sound advice that convinced Candace to be transparent with her followers.
Scott is really growing on me, I’ll be honest.
I love that this is the second time in a week where one of the “newbies” has called Will out on the actions that he continuously repeats (and gets away with!).
Unfortunately, by the end of the hour, Halstead had to deliver the news that Candace’s lupus was actually active again.
Dr. Scott also saved a young boy after he was shot while playing pretend with a real gun.
While he really tried to hone in on the “guns are not toys” message, the storyline was worrisome because a child that age should know better. However, it never hurts to have a little reminder!
Thankfully, Michael was rushed to the hospital in time and was on his way to making a full recovery.
The shooting took place while Dr. Scott was playing basketball with his sister — a cop — and Atwater. If this means more crossovers with Atwater, I’m on board.
Also, could this potentially be a new love interest for Atwater? He’s long overdue.
Dr. Hammer and Maggie spent the episode tending to one of the hospital’s biggest donors, but the storyline took a dangerous turn when the man, Jim, made an unwanted move on Hammer.
Despite her pleas for him to stop, Jim didn’t let up, and she eventually pushed him off, which caused him to take a tumble.
The hospital’s lawyer questioned Stevie’s accounts of the incident suggesting that a man touching her on the arm wasn’t inappropriate, but thank goodness Goodwin stepped up and emphasized that “no means no.”
Let’s start believing women!
Jim owned up to his actions only after Stevie realized that his actions were being caused by a tumor.
I’d say Jim is probably feeling like he just got his money’s worth from his donations.
Elsewhere, Crockett allowed Taylor to shadow him as he attempted to convince a young patient to get immediate surgery on a large tumor in her neck.
There’s definitely a romance brewing between Crockett and Taylor — which was confirmed by the teaser for the upcoming episode — though, I’m not sure if the feelings are one-sided.
How much older is Crockett anyway?
You know this isn’t going to sit well with Maggie, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she lets it slip that she’s Taylor’s biological mother while trying to keep Crockett at bay.
Bottom line — Maggie is going to meddle in some way that won’t sit right with Taylor.
Dr. Charles better gear up for his battle with Dr. Archer, who seems hellbent on getting rid of psychology in the E.D. According to him, it doesn’t belong in emergency treatment.
He must not realize how many cases require a consult from Dr. Charles. It would obviously be a mistake on Archer’s part, but he’s never been too fond of therapy or psychology, so this isn’t surprising at all.
Even something as simple as getting surgery on a tumor required some persuading from Dr. Charles.
A Chief of the ED that leads with emotion and personal bias isn’t going to last long at all.
The fact that he extended an incentive to the people who are able to have the highest turnover of patients is ridiculous.
Having more patients does not mean saving more lives, but it does mean carelessness. I wonder if Goodwin signed off on that.
What did everyone think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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