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Written by Rap541
Jeremy wakes up Zach with a bull horn, is trying to talk him into going to a birthday party. This ends with a siren and no awake Zach. Hmmm…. Foreshadowing?
Zach and Keith are at the indoor soccer field and Zach is all “What? What?” Zach hay bales over how he has hearing issues. This leads to an ultimately kinda offensive series of shouts of “What? What?” from Zach. I think we all got it after the first thirty times.
Zach and Amy talk about how he can’t hear in class. No one seems especially concerned, or wonders if this might be impacting his grades, but Amy sets up an appointment for an operation. Zach and Molly talk about how this guy named Ryan who died from anesthesia. There was a breathing tube issue. Molly says “that sucks”.
Amy announces how Zach is having surgery at the supper table. Molly hay bales how Zach has lots of surgeries. She is also annoyed that the whole previous conversation with Zach over the guy who died didn’t end with “and btw I am having surgery” moment. Amy asks him if that’s why he isn’t paying attention in school. He’s all “what” as a joke. And now we’re off to surgery, and Matt gets up to say good bye and “check the anesthesia dials“. Matt hay bales how this is all about his childhood surgeries. Amy notes again that anesthesia is dangerous for lil people. Amy wants to talk to the anesthesiologist because that guy Ryan died.
Man I hope Ryan’s family isn’t watching.
More hospital. Zach gets prepped for “exploratory surgery”. A doctor comes in, and explains that this is basically pretty quick and not a serious surgery. No one seems to mention the guy who died and was that the breathing doc? No, that was the surgeon. Amy plays with Mexico’s famous ball in a cup for a bit.
The anesthesiologist wanders in and Amy throws all the “that guy Ryan died” stuff out. Amy hay bales how serious it is. There will be a breathing tube, etc. Zach is fairly cool about the surgery. Amy says she doesn’t want to show anxiety…. They seems to be filming the whole surgery. Ick. And now we return to the days of old school TLC - where we get surgeries! The doc goes on about how there’s a hole in the ear drum, and they basically fix it and it takes a bit. I miss Trauma, Life In the ER.
Amy talks to Matt on the phone and she seems kinda worried . As does Matt. I think she was calling him because she was scared. A very real moment. More surgery.
Sad worried music. Amy is all stressed since it’s been two hours. The doc seems pleased to explain every gory detail to the camera as he does stuff. The doctor comes out and tells Amy ALL the same details we just heard. Doc seems pretty excited to have a teaching moment. Doc gives Zach a few days off. Zach of course is filmed while being high as a kite. Amy is nicely supportive. Its sweet. I think Zach got the good stuff. Amy hay bales how Zach is her little man and all.
The doc wanders in and says don’t do stuff again. This was outpatient surgery, in and out the same day, and Zach is placed on the couch of comfort. Matt notes that Zach looks like the wounded Revolutionary drummer boy and again waxes on his own surgeries and how that forms a bond.
Quick little note. I hate to say the anesthesia issue is being overplayed here, because that guy died and all…. But…, let me let you all in on a little secret, ok? I have had surgery. Recently in fact. Yes, in fact while writing reviews for this show. If Zach was at risk with anesthesia, serious risk, unless he has crap doctors, this would not have played out the way we saw it. How do you know that, since you’re not a little person, you ask! Because as soon as it became clear that I needed surgery, my GP was investigating everything in my medical record that could be a problem, and something was found to be a *potential* problem and what was normally outpatient surgery, home the same day, involved a stay at the hospital, because my surgeron and anestelogist didn’t want to take the chance that I might stop breathing at home (it takes about 24 hours for the drugs to fully clear). My anestesiologist didn’t wait for me to ask questions, I got a phone call before the surgery that lasted for an hour and went over my medical history in heavy detail. Whatever the achondroplasia breathing issue is… Zach went home the same day. My problem? Which is sleep apnea (Matt stopped breathing 37 times in an hour? I stopped 87 times) was undiagnosed, not impacting my life, and simply because there was a history of it in my family, I had to be tested and frankly I had to spend the night in the hospital “just to be safe”.
I don’t think Zach was in major danger if he got to walk out while still groggy.
Three days later! Zach decides to coach soccer, despite all the warnings. He manfully brags to the 12 year olds how he’s in miserable pain and plays soccer with the kids. Do note that he is playing, and not really coaching. Amy basically yells at him and hay bales how she is disappointed. Zach also notes how he can’t hear still.
Zach is back seeing the doctor. Amy hay bales how worried she is. Zach is concerned about how he can’t hear. The doc says that is normal and that there’s lots of gunk still in there and there medical gunk pulled out. Amy notes worriedly that this will probably be a life long issue. And Zach notes his hearing seems to have improved.