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Transplant Patient: Megan O’Hara – aspiring gymnast in pain
Donor: Megan’s biological father
Medical Dilemma: I wouldn’t necessarily call it a medical dilemma as much as a family ethics dilemma. What should a parent keep secret and at what cost?
Recap: “Where We Lie”
Young Megan O’Hara is getting ready to take her turn at the uneven bars. She pops a few pills and starts her routine, but falls from the top bar in a heap.
Dr. Andy and Dr. Lisa have a super cute encounter and we learn that Dr.Lisa is doing an ambulance ride-along as part of her ER residency. Andy gives her some extra eye-sexing to get her through the day and off she goes while he heads off to Kuol’s room. Kuol accuses Dr. Lee of using Kuol to gain favor with the cute nurses and I totally believe Kuol!
Dr. Andy is sporting a clipboard and a serious face, and we all know what that means… including poor Kuol. He is in need of an LVAD (left ventricular assist device) because his medication has stopped working. Kuol is not happy about this revelation, but Andy assures him that it is just and ASSIST device and that his heart IS still working. Dr. Andy is making so many beautiful faces right now that I cannot stand myself … he is physically causing me pain!
We cut to a local carnival, and a group of teens are getting onto the Octopus ride. I love this ride! But, when I see what comes next I will never ever ever get on one again. *Sigh* I hate being a jaded, scared adult!!!! Laurie Campbell and her young son Dylan are enjoying the midway games and Dylan wants to get more food – the mom gives him some money and off he goes (I was shocked that she let a small child wander away at the carnival) In a neat time lapse scene, we see that the Octopus ride has broken and crashed into the food booths.
Dr. Lisa arrives on scene, apparently without any other first responders, and finds Dylan in the rubble. After a few tense moments, she gets him to speak and fits a C-collar on him.
Back at Three Rivers, Dr. Miranda Foster is speaking with Dr. Jordan about last week’s revelation. (That Dr. Jordan was doing the mattress mambo with Daddy Dr. Foster. Er…. Grey’s Anatomy storyline anyone? I have to admit that I’m not thrilled with this storyline – that they are going “there”. I had higher hopes for 3R. “Your father was my MENTOR, Miranda”… Oh, is this what we are calling it now?
Megan the gymnast is being questioned by Dr. Foster, and tells her that she has taken 10 extra strength acetamenophin in the past 24 hours. Apparently this is a bad thing. I truly hope that it is not bad to take ibuprophin in that quantity, or I may be a dead woman. Her liver has been damaged by the over-use of Tylenol, and she has been in need of that many painkillers after fracturing some bones in practice. Megan’s liver has been damaged beyond the point of repair. We learn from her backstory that her parents were also pro athletes so she felt pressure to perform, and that she didn’t realize what taking an incorrect dosage would do to her body. I don’t think most people realize what overdosing on over-the-counter drugs can do to you. Read the labels people!!!
After testing both of Megan’s parents, they find that neither one of them is a blood donor match for Megan’s liver, which is not good news in the genetics department. Apparently it is not possible for both of these birth parents to not match liver tissue to their offspring (blood type O begets blood type O and all that). Hmmm… someone’s been a naughty Mommy! The blood types do not match. Bummer. Megan’s mom feels like she needs to find the real father to help her daughter. Awkward!
Kuol is beginning to worry about money, both for his transplant AND for his LVAD. Dr. Lee is on the case, and asks Ryan to see if there are any medical trials that Kuol could become a part of. Ryan has a lead on a blood relative father for Megan, so he tells Dr. Lee to look for himself. To his credit, Dr. Lee clumsily does the search. Score! The medical rep for a VAD in trial happens to be a gorgeous blonde! I see where this is going, you scoundrel.
Things aren’t going well with young Dylan in the ER with Dr. Lisa and Dr. Andy. Dr. Andy picks up Dylan and my heart and ovaries hold their collective breath. Dammit, this man and KIDS! Andy carries Dylan to OR and we find that his pulmonary artery is shredded and they need to get one of his lungs out. Wow. That’s rough for a poor kid. Dr. Andy tells the Mom that the next hours are critical because the body is still trying to pump blood to the missing lung, and there could be a build up of pressure. I can’t imagine being a mom in a situation like this, just having to WAIT. It’s heartbreaking. Andy seeks out Lisa because he seems to know that she is having a hard time of it. She’s frantically trying to wash the blood off of Dylan’s shoes. Lisa and Andy then engage in a strange encounter that has undertones of being sweet, but I just don’t feel like we’ve seen enough of them together to get the full impact of what is being shown to me. Lisa gets annoyed at Andy and walks away from him (AS IF!)
At a fancy dinner with the medical rep for the VAD to get Kuol in the trial, and she plays hardball with him, not falling for his manly man wiles (well, she DOES, but she doesn’t trade that for a VAD) So, Dr. Lee makes a lot of concessions but gets Kuol in the medical trial.
Megan’s biological father arrives at the hospital and he seems as if he wants to help – because donating a part of your liver is not a cakewalk for the donor. The mom lobbies so heartbreakingly hard for her daughter, but the father can’t take it and leaves. I can see both sides of the situation – as Miranda put it – nothing about this situation is easy. The Dad pleads with the BioDad to help, and that seems to work, as we see them getting prepped for surgery. After the surgery, the Mom says that she kept the secret to not hurt her family. Dr. Jordan takes this to heart and confronts Miranda about her relationship with Dad Dr. Foster.
Miranda Foster does not take the news well. Not well at all.
Dylan wakes up and Dr. Andy is talking to him and I am turning into mush – the FAAAACES are epic. Dr. Lisa is there to see Dylan – who asks for his dinosaur from the carnival. He is in incredibly good shape for losing a lung!
Kuol gets his VAD, and Dr. Andy lets on that he knows what Dr. Lee might have had to do to get it for him. I’m sad and annoyed that we don’t get to see more to see them grow this professional relationship. FU CBS!!!
Andy meets Lisa on the roof. (I am going to hang out on more rooftops – cute guys seem to congregate there). We get some backstory on Dr. Lisa and her deceased sister. It’s a little cheesy, but the emotion does get through…. Darnit. It got through to me. Alex and his faces. And his hugs. He HUGS HER AND I WANT TO BE HER.
I thought it was interesting that this episode did not have anyone die. I kept waiting for something horrible to happen with the boy, Dylan, and was pleasantly suprised that he recovered. I’m not sure what the purpose of his storyline was – I can’t seem to tie it in with any message from this episode. Any ideas?
I like that we got some movement for Kuol’s story – that he is getting an LVAD, which is not the best news, but the Dr’s are trying to put the best spin possible on it.
We got some background on Dr. Lisa – that she is a resident, and that her 10 year old sister died in an accident. We see the relationship starting to grow between Dr. Andy and her – there is a strong undercurrent of concern and caring between these two.
The donation story is vexing me. Livers can regenerate, so they are in some ways the easiest to find a donor for – since the donor can actually be living. I’m not sure what the message, if any, there was for the parent withholding knowledge – because I really don’t think that the Mom withheld anything as soon as she realized the importance of the truth for her daughters sake. In this day and age it is beneficial to know as much as you can about your medical history, but not everyone has that available to them – and I would think a large percentage of people do not have access to that type of family history to fall back on. I have two adopted nephews who will never know their family medical history.
I don’t know – maybe the message was something about a mothers love?
I actually think that my brain got fried because Alex looked SPECTACULAR in this episode. The caring face, the sad face, the happy face, the supportive face…. WOW.
Now, you know what’s next – PICSPAM!!!