REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Alternative Medicine” (2×6)

REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Alternative Medicine” (2×6)

Chicago Meds latest episode entitled “Alternative Medicine” is full of emotions and tensions as it shows different scenes that will make your heart break. It starts off with Joey and Dr. Reese having conversation but suddenly the latter feels she’s being followed by someone.

Hailey Cline again is rushed to the ED due to liver failure causing her brain to swell. You’ll see how Dr. Manning handles her patient and how it affects her life as a doctor. Let’s see if she can save Hailey. Nurse Maggie is busy with the room assignment since the ED is jam-packed with patients. On the other hand, Mr. Logan is brought to hospital due to belly pain. You’ll see how this simple belly pain causes tension between Dr. Halstead and Dr. Rhodes.

Meanwhile, Mr. Collins who just admitted after his heart surgery needs to repeat the procedure due to heart murmur heard by Dr. Latham. Watch out for Dr. Rhodes as he doubts Dr. Latham’s decision. Shannon, a 14-year old girl who claims to be a body hacker is brought to ED due to bowel obstruction. You’ll be amazed by her knowledge about human body. Danny on the other hand who was previously rushed to the ED due to heroin withdrawal, talks to Dr. Reese about his situation. Let’s see if his case will be resolved at the end of this episode. Keoni, Dr. Rhodes’ friend who happens to be a shaman, arrives at the hospital for some healing purposes.

Characters To Watch For:

  • Danny, a victim of sex trafficking, who comes back to Chicago Med to seek some help from Dr. Reese.
  • Erin Lindsay, a detective in the Intelligence Unit of Chicago P.D, who helps Dr. Reese and Dr. Charles about Danny’s situation.
  • Dr. Abrams, a neurosurgeon, who will help Dr. Manning in the treatment of Hailey Cline.
  • Keoni, an owner of a bar, who is Dr. Rhode’s friend and who practices Shamanism.
  • Dr. Rowan, a surgeon, who is living in seniors’ home now. She was  Dr. Halstead’s teacher who inspires him in treating patients.

Real Or Not Rating: ★★★★  (1 Being the Worst, 5 Being the Best.) 

REAL– How the real world works:

  1. Acute liver failure causes brain edema (swelling). When Hailey is rushed to ED due to swelling of her brain, Dr. Manning is right when she says it is because of acute liver failure. In reality, liver is an organ responsible for detoxifying chemicals and metabolizing drugs thus removing waste products from the blood. In her case, Hailey’s liver is not functioning well resulting in accumulation of wastes in the body, specifically in her brain causing it to swell.

  2. When pain goes away, something wrong is going on. Mr. Logan is brought to ED due to belly pain so Dr. Halstead requests for some diagnostic tests. Suddenly, his pain goes away and based on Dr.Halstead’s assessment, part of his bowel is dying. In real life, it’s true that if a person who suffers pain in his abdomen then suddenly doesn’t anymore, it’s not a good sign. It means that when a bowel dies, at first you can’t feel it and will come back as severe pain but it will be too late to treat.

  3. Shamanism is practiced. In this episode, there is room in the ICU which they call “red room” because of its bad luck since three patients died in there the last two weeks. Keoni, a shaman is asked to do some healing in that room. In reality, Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition that is widely practiced in the world.

FAKE– Cringe worthy scenes that would never happen:

  1. Nothing’s wrong with the episode.

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