The Chicago franchise seems to be dealing heavily in the theme of hope this week. There’s been so much death and destruction that it’s difficult to find the light in many instances. No sooner does the crossover which introduced Chicago Justice conclude than Chicago Med faces another personal loss. Altogether it’s been a tough week for everyone in this extended family. The reality that sometimes there is nothing we can do to help is a tough pill to swallow. It’s tough to find anything to be hopeful about after that, yet we try.
Growing up as apart of the elite, Dr. Rhodes hates the spotlight in any form. He only cares about taking care of his patient’s to the best of his ability. If he happens to get a high profile case, he’d rather the focus be on the patient than have any media interfere with his work. It’s perfectly understandable why a man still alive after falling 33 stories would be newsworthy. Rhodes doesn’t need to be hounded by reporters while he’s working to save a man’s life. Nevertheless he feels the need to give details when he’s cornered on a coffee break. It’s easy to be the face of a success story, but Rhodes doesn’t consider how his statement will affect him or the hospital if the patient dies. This is why public relations departments exist. When Rhodes’s patient does die, he can’t go in front of the cameras.
Dr. Chin and Dr. Manning treat a paraplegic who developed an internal infection because of experimental treatments in Mexico. He and his wife have hope that he is going to be able to walk again, despite the additional risk and little reward these treatments provide. The patient doesn’t feel anything, and deep down he knows he never will. He wants to see the hope in his wife’s eyes though, so he won’t stop the treatments. Reese’s patient also needs to give some hope with his life. Now superhero shows are all the rage today, but be honest. If you saw a man in a spandex suit walk into an emergency room with a stroked out woman in his arms, you’d raise your eyebrows. He started wearing the suit as an outlet when his wife died. When the hospital has to cut the suit off when the masked man faints, Reese tries to help him realize he can help people without it. The best way that she can do that is not by focusing on the suit, but by creating a framework for changing his outlook. Being a hospital volunteer is a good first step.
Everything that April went through to get her pregnancy to this point, and there are just some things that are out of our hands. Just that morning April and Maggie were talking about baby names, and a few hours later April’s baby has no heartbeat. She can’t do anything to help her baby, but she can put her energy into her work. April’s stays with her patient through a risky procedure to save her failing heart. The day is a win for her patient, but not for April.
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