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Question??? [False memory of House episode] 
1st-Jan-2008 11:25 am
longtripalone
I need some help here.  Apparently, I've got a false memory of a House episode in which a young man has several fingers severed in some sort of accident.  He is also a heavy smoker, and is denied replantation surgery based on that.  He promises to quit smoking immediately, and the fingers [I believe they were cadaver fingers] are successfully attached.  But he and his wife? girlfriend? return several weeks later, and the fingers are turning black, dying.  Turns out that his addiction to smoking was  stronger than the risk of losing his fingers.

blackmare_9   doesn't recall this ever happening in House.  But I'm certain that I saw, or read, about this incident somewhere.  Does anyone else recall this incident on TV, in a movie, or perhaps a book?

Full disclosure--as I am a smoker, and have been obssessing worried about a serious, stupidly self-inflicted injury to my only functional hand since prior to Christmas, it's entirely possible that I dreamed the whole thing.  But... I really think I saw this somewhere. 

Oh, almost forgot--HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!
Thoughts 
1st-Jan-2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, dear Kidsnurse! And may you have a healthy one too.

(I'm afraid I don't remember this episode either!)
1st-Jan-2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
thank you! my hand [and, therefore, my entire outlook] is improving daily. and best wishes to you and yours as well!
1st-Jan-2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
I remember that exact story but it wasn't House. I think it was in the novel "Hot Lights Cold Steel" a book about a surgical intern/ resident. If I remember correctly he was depressed and angry because the guy messed up and then went to take it out on the guy. The other doctor, a higher up, told him that the guy had beaten himself up about it enough as had the intern/resident. Hope that helps. If that's not the book I still recommend reading the book its great.
1st-Jan-2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
yes, yes, YES!!! threw me off for a sec, when you called it a novel, as i don't read fiction, especially when i'm trying to write. but i do read medical biographies [which this is] and i'm addicted to true crime [which is odd, as i find fictional crime mysteries terribly dull and unreadable].

anyway, said book is indeed sitting here in a pile by my bed. i knew i hadn't 'made up' that memory; thank you so much--it was driving me nuts!!!
1st-Jan-2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
No problem. Glad to help. Such a great book might as well remember it.
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2nd-Jan-2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
and for you as well; so glad the email could bring a bit of comfort.
1st-Jan-2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
That would actually be a pretty cool House episodes but alas as it was already pointed out- it didn't happen

When it does it will be in the same episode with the helicopters though

Happy New Years

2nd-Jan-2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
is that a ref to that gawdawfui scene in ER? ughh... still makes me ill to think about that one. happiest of new years to you too!
1st-Jan-2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you and yours! Glad to see someone recognized that-- didn't ring a bell to me! (It just made me think of the one where the guy fell off Cuddy's roof and they had to amputate his hand.)
2nd-Jan-2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
maybe that episode is why i'd confused the actual incident with House. or maybe my brain's just scrambled.... happy new year!
1st-Jan-2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
This story is also told in a "Grey's Anatomy" episode...

A very happy new year to you and Dakota.
Hugs.
2nd-Jan-2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
watched the pilot episode of grey's--never tuned back in.

hugs back--and a happy one to you as well!!
2nd-Jan-2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
I know...
I've watched a bunch of Grey's episodes though, while waiting for a new season of House and before I've heard about LJ or FF, withdrawal can often lead you to do things you'd never expected yourself to do. Pathetic...

May the muses be with you,
If not, and with only 3 epis of House to go, I'll find myself watching Season 4 of Grey's. Please, don't let that happen !
;-)
2nd-Jan-2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Happy New Years
2nd-Jan-2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
same to you! [and hoping your kids are being less crazy-making right now than mine is; puberty's gonna kill at least one of us....]
2nd-Jan-2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
My kids just spent a week with their dad so they are being really nice right now, but I ll give them a couple of days to start driving me crazy again
3rd-Jan-2008 06:05 am (UTC)
puberty's gonna kill at least one of us....]

Oh man do I hear you there. Only four more days until I send my daughter back to school and boy could we use the break from each other. Autism+puberty=badness.
3rd-Jan-2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
ahh--somehow forgot you were in the ASD club! i must agree; asperger's+puberty=attitude from hell at the best of times, and creature from a distant planet at the worst. koda goes back to school monday. my fatal mistake was allowing him to go off the adderall-xr for five days.

when he swaggered [yes, swaggered] into the house one day and bit out 'hey, mama, whuzzup?' in a deep, gravelly, put-on accent, i said 'that's it,' and handed him the capsule. in thirty minutes i had my [mostly sweet and charming] eleven-year-old child back. and in forty-five minutes, he was sound asleep.

can anyone explain to me how one can down thirty milligrams of amphetamines and then fall into a deep, restful sleep in the middle of the day? not getting that. at all.

anyway. we just have to make it through until monday. let's hear it for monday!!!
3rd-Jan-2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
somehow forgot you were in the ASD club!

Both of my kiddos are on the spectrum our son is nine and thankfully hasn't hit puberty yet (just occurred to me that in a few short years I'll have two teenagers. Kill. me. now.) Right now his dx is PDD-NOS+ Nonverbal learning disability and a learning disability with writing (possibly dysgraghia) Our 12 year old daughter is more traditionally autistic and she is also profoundly Deaf. (The two things apparently have nothing to do with one another, though both are thought to be genetic.) Our family is a big old bag of fun nuerologically speaking. (In addition to having MS I was an ADD kid.)

My daughter hitting puberty has been....interesting to say the least. When she's not trying to kill us with lazer-beams shooting from her eyes she can actually be a delight. Her doctors swear things will get better once her horomones settle in..no one has been willing to give us a concrete time-line on that though, which is a shame we were going to start a quasi-advent calender leading to the blessed event.

Meds are a funny thing aren't they? Yesterday my daughter came to me out of the blue signing "No more sleep meds" and I was all "They're not sleep meds (though they do have that affect, bless them) they're..."stall for a second "Make you feel better-meds" and she stomped off signing that she wasn't going to take them any more. I heard no more about it and she took her pill just fine last night so I don't know what was up with that.
3rd-Jan-2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
we were going to start a quasi-advent calender leading to the blessed event

rofl!!! thank you!!! yup--the only way to navigate these treacherous waters is to throw in humor whenever possible--and sometimes [and most especially] when it does not seem possible. ;)
3rd-Jan-2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!
Reading "Notes from the author": a whole new piece, long, dark and angsty...no matter when you'll post it! Could I ask for more for 2008?
Happy someone found the story you remembered about the smoker patient, but...so you don't like GA?
4th-Jan-2008 09:39 pm (UTC) - False Memory of Episode (Dr. Fantabulous)
Anonymous
Nope, there hasn't been such an episode...discovery health channel, perhaps?
12th-Jan-2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Happy New Year! The closest thing I can think of that comes to that is an accident profiled on 'Medical Incredible' where a construction worker was working with heavy tripwire and it retracted and ripped all four fingers off his right hand. I don't remember him being a heavy smoker, but they made history by transplanting two of his toes onto his hand to replace the middle and ring finger they couldn't salvage. He only has half a pinky and his index was salvaged, thanks to leeches controlling the clotting and infection.

Could your dream-life have channeled that at some point?

And you know I'm about to politely ask you to stop smoking, as I enjoy your presence here on earth and all. And, really, your favorite character is an oncologist! *laughs incredulously*

*edited because transposing words just makes things difficult*

In other news, I have a question about what other kinds of television you watch. I just started watching the airings of NCIS on USA and wonder if you watch that because you know how I love obscure crossovers and...well...the idea's there if you want to tell me anything about it.

I had to find a way to cheer myself up because I think you know I live in Michigan and Lake Erie is in danger of dropping anywhere from three to six feet by 2066, which scares the hell out of me. It's already our lowest level lake. *sighs*

Could I ask you to read this particular journal entry, because I'd really, really appreciate your advice.

And, hey, did you ever find that draft of 'Found, parts one and two' that you read and con/crit'ed for me?

Edited at 2008-01-24 09:18 pm (UTC)
3rd-Feb-2008 06:06 pm (UTC) - A mite off topic but..
*Jumps up and down* IT'S FEBRUARY! IT'S FEBRUARY! IT'S FEBRUARY!

Em..no pressure or anything.