Hello hello, and welcome everyone, to our weekly installment of The Good Doctor. Quick announcement! The Good Doctor will be taking a 3 week break, returning at its usual time February 26th. So, for the last time for 21 days, let us dive right in.
Mr. Lim and Melendez has a bet. There are now 4 total residents, with the addition of Morgan Reznick, Dr. Coyle’s old resident. They have 2 cases, a young girl with a stomach ache, and a older man, a history teacher, who passed out at school. Lim decides to egg Melendez into making a bet, and the residents join in, teaming up with each doctor taking lead. The goal is to have the patient with a higher satisfactory care rating.
Morgan is a bit cut throat, being manipulative, and undermining Claire as much as she can without being too obvious. Stands closest to Melendez, taking the chart first. Making Claire make the phone calls instead of prepping the patient for surgery. Claire tries to offer an olive branch, which she smacks away verbally by saying, “Every time you win, I lose.” Claire shows her heart, making Morgan thinks she has an agenda, but Claire has always put her patients first. I am not a big friend of her at all, but maybe the trio can show her how to open up. The trio has the perfect balance, Jared is smart, a good balance between Shaun and Claire, as Shaun has more knowledge but horrible bedside manner, while Claire has the best bedside manner, but can overlook the obvious because she believes what the patient says as truth sometimes. Or maybe Morgan will fade away… I like Jared, and hope she doesn’t take his place. Speaking of Jared and Shaun…
Jared and Shaun have a young girl, Quinn, who is transgendered. Shaun keeps calling her a him, and Jared keeps correcting him. It seems she has testicular cancer, and the best thing to do is remove the testical. During care, Shaun asks a few questions, like if he likes dresses, or the color pink. Jared pulls him away, but I honestly think it helps Shaun understand Quinn as a girl. At one point, Shaun asks if Transgender realignment was part of Jared’s medical training, which he responds with a reluctant No. Quinn’s parents were out of town, her grandmother, who seems against the transgender path, is taking care of her. It turns out she is on puberty blockers as well, causing osteopenia, low bone density. She has to come off them.
Jared and Shaun get to see some of Morgan’s cut throat side, bribing the lab tech to get a rush on her case. They make a comment, but she responds with a line Claire used earlier, “Common Human Decency.” It seems our teacher as the Superbug, having overmedicated himself to the point his immune system is whack. Luckily, while arguing with Morgan, Claire comes up with a better solution than a colonoscopy. By introducing healthy fecal matter into the colon, the body can fight the bacteria and help fight the Superbug. Of course, Morgan makes it so Claire has to deal with all the fecal matter. It works, and Howard is fine. What bothers me is he forgets Claire’s name, but that is how Morgan works.
Shaun and Jared kinda have a moment, as they have to do Scut work , creating a document about the pros and cons of the surgery for Quinn. Jared feels like they failed, but Shaun says they should do their best on the document. Quinn’s grandmother files a case against Quinn’s parents on emotional and physical abuse for allowing their son to be on puberty blockers. After a heated debate, the parents decide to only do what is medically needed, not what Quinn wants. During the surgery, Quinn begins to crash, but Jared realizes the testicular artery could snap back into the pelvic region and begin to cause internal bleeding. Luckily, Dr. Andrews listens, and Quinn is fine. We see how upset Quinn is when she realizes she has one testicle still, just in case she wants to change her mind later and become a man again, but we also see the Grandmother, who has been reluctant to accept Quinn as a girl, bringing in pink flowers. It’s a small step, seeing as Quinn is a purple, not a pink type of girl, but Grandma has a lot to learn. Jared also realizes Shaun has learned to call her a ‘her’.
Throughout the episode, we watched Dr. Andrews struggling as his wife and himself are having issues getting pregnant. They fight a few times, about how each put their career before family, but in the end, it’s not because she is infertile, it is because he has a low sperm count. He drives the team to remove both testicles, in case she wants kids later. As they talk after the surgery, you see a small understanding light his eyes as Quinn scuffs at the idea of having kids. “If I wanted children so badly, I would adopt.” He might of not considered the idea until just then. My husband and myself have very bad genetics. For one, I have a strong chance of ovarian failure, between 60-93%. Between both of us, we have genetic complications that can result in intellectual disability, blindness, and deafness. Someday, I would love to have kids of my own, but my husband and I talked, and if it is impossible, we will adopt.
Sorry for rambling, I get a bit passionate about adoption. That’s it for this episode, I will see you in 3 weeks. Over the break, I will probably be watching Good Doctor, the Korean original, and reviewing those, but until then, tata for now, and as always, Stay Shiny!
Hello HELLO and welcome to this week of the medical break down. Honestly, not sure how effective this part of the article is, especially since lately, I feel like the episode is explaining most of what is going down medically better. So, this week, I’m gonna focus on… SUPER BUG!
It’s actually really bad. The issue that mostly causes Super bugs are misdiagnosed patients. When you go to the doctor, you have to be as honest as possible about how you feel, and what you are taking. Sometimes, a bacterial infection will be treated with something like an anti-virus medication. Viruses and Bacteria are two very different things, with bacteria about to live outside of a host (that’s you) while a virus needs a carrier, they both have similar issues. But, in the case of Bacteria, inappropriate use of antibiotics has helped create bacterial diseases that are resistant to treatment with different types of antibiotic medications.
Howard took too many medicines. His body wasn’t fighting the illness the medicines treated, so instead, it adapted, and became immune to the treatment. He developed Clostridium difficile, inflammation of the colon. Normally, you can take antibiotics to fight the illness, but it had been introduced to so many, it would be ineffective. Luckily, fecal matter, which is processed through the colon, can be introduced from a secondary, healthier source, to combat the bacteria and literally flush it out of the system, so to speak. It is a very new procedure, but the show has shown us some radical ideas, from fish scales to fecal transplants. I love how odd technology is, and reminds me of how centuries ago, we used teas, leeches, and pressure points to heal. In 100 years, what will they say about our techniques?
For now, I will leave you, but until 3 weeks from now, I hope you all Stay Shiny!