You're right; this patient died of blood clots, but not before:
* a very doom-and-gloom descript
ion of Crohn's from Charlotte, and
* a subplot that seemed to suggest that the girl's constant drinking of coffee was more than partially responsible for her illness. I wonder about
the AS script
writers, as the last time I saw a Crohn's patient on the show, he was on the verge of a colostomy and was constantly being told by the doctors that the illness was his fault, as he was a lawyer and the stress had (they said) made him sick. For some reason, we always seem to be held responsible for our illness - not sure if they would do that for cancer or other serious diseases.
There were some good things, though. Even if the doom and gloom was a bit excessive, I thought it was a nice change to see this illness being taken seriously, and that it might be helpful if our unsympathetic friends & relatives saw that episode. They also had a very graphic scene where the girl was doubled over with pain and needing a nurse's help to get to the toilet in time, as the pain was too debilitating for her to move by herself - again, I thought it might provide outsiders with a good insight into our lives.
btw, I want Charlotte for a doctor!
"This patient needs a colonoscopy."
"But what about
the bowel prep?"
"When she's just had three weeks of d? I don't think her bowel needs any more aggravation, do you? We'll do the scope without the prep".
Hang in there with your bag. I don't blame you for getting weepy while changing it... but I have heard that it gets easier with time. You're being amazingly courageous - go, Andorable!
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