REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Free Will” (2×8)

REAL OR NOT — CHICAGO MED: “Free Will” (2×8)

Chicago Med is now on its eighth episode entitled “Free Will” and the answers to last week’s episode are revealed. Exciting, isn’t it?

It starts off with Dr. Reese and Dr. Choi still searching for Danny Jones, a sex trafficking victim. It seems Dr. Reese is really concerned about this guy because she chooses to look for him over her duties in the ED. Will they find him? Or is it too late now to help Danny escape from his pimp?

On the other hand, Dr. Manning and Dr. Halstead partner again in treating a patient. Is this a way of bringing back their lost feelings for each other? A patient named Jimmy Vance who is diagnosed with ESRD (end-stage renal disease) is assigned to them. Noah Sexton, on the other hand, gets her sister’s laboratory test results after she experienced episodes of continuous coughing. You’ll be surprised what they’ve found out about Nurse April.

Meanwhile, Dr. Charles and his doctor are having a conversation and he appears worried about her daughter being close to Dr. Rhodes. A girl named Karina Goff is brought to the ED. Dr. Rhodes and Dr. Latham suspect that she has William’s syndrome. A 36-year old male from prison is rushed to the hospital due to stabbed wounds. Something’s wrong with this guy that you have to watch out for.

Characters To Watch For:

  • April Sexton, a nurse at the ED who is diagnosed as having tuberculosis. Something about her test results will surprise her and the rest of the ED staff.

  • Danny Jones, a sex trafficking victim who tries to escape from his pimp is still missing.

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

REAL– How the real world works:

  1. TB meds can make birth control pills less effective. When Nurse April finds out that she’s pregnant, she’s wondering why it happened even though she’s taking birth control. Dr. Halstead is correct when he says that TB meds can interfere with birth control pills. In reality, TB meds like Rifampin cause irregular menstrual periods and reduce the effectiveness of birth control.

  2. Being pregnant can weaken the immune system. Dr. Halstead is correct when he says that since Nurse April is pregnant, her immune system is now weakened therefore letting her TB become active even though she’s taking her TB meds. In real life, there are changes in hormone levels during pregnancy thus affecting immune system. If you’re pregnant, your body recognizes your baby as foreign and it should be rejected but since your pregnancy hormones make your immune system weak, your body doesn’t fight against your baby.

  3. Dialysis can cause extreme drop in blood pressure causing dysrhythmias and heart attack. Jimmy Vance is diagnosed as having ESRD (end-stage renal disease) and is undergoing dialysis treatment. He is rushed to the ED due to intradialytic hypotension. Dr. Manning is right when she says that dialysis can cause sudden drop in blood pressure that causes heart problems. It’s correct that having hypotension can cause oxygen insufficiency in the heart that leads to dysrhythmias or even heart attack.

  4. Airborne precautions for TB patients. Since Nurse April has tuberculosis, it’s true that all her visitors need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE); especially masks because TB can be transmitted and spread into the air by talking, sneezing, coughing etc.

FAKE– Cringe worthy scenes that would never happen:

  1. Nothing’s wrong with the episode.

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