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Cats' Corners: the little HOUSE in the woods....
Where House is NEVER safe...
The More Things Change... Chapter THIRTY-THREE 
11th-Jun-2007 11:33 am
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Summary:  Wilson is given an unexpected opportunity to prove his friendship to House.  This story is my own attempt to make sense of the unsettling disruption of the House-Wilson dynamic in Season 3, so mention is made of many of the S3 plotlines and character development.  House-Wilson-Cuddy angst, hurt/comfort, introspection--my usual gig.  ;)  x-posted
Rating:  PG


Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five
Chapter Twenty-Six
Chapter Twenty-Seven
Chapter Twenty-Eight
Chapter Twenty-Nine
Chapter Thirty
Chapter Thirty-One
Chapter Thirty-Two
 

Good afternoon!  I'm up and running again; it's been several hours since any power surges, and even the brown-outs seem to be resolved.  I want to thank everyone for their patience with my insanity yesterday, and for carrying on in my 'absence.'  Also--need to let you know that due to that bothersome situation known as Real Life, there will be NO CHAPTER UPDATE ON WEDNESDAY.  That is not, however, as bad as it sounds, because, as a result, the CHAPTER UPDATE WILL BE ON TUESDAY INSTEAD All-righty, then--onward with 33:

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE:  PUZZLED

 

Cuddy and Chase are alternately pacing around House’s small room and perching anxiously in the uncomfortable chairs.  After Wilson had hurriedly departed, Cuddy had paged the team and told them what had transpired, shared her certainty that Wilson had found an answer.  Chase and Foreman had arrived within twenty minutes.  Now Foreman’s in the lab, haranguing the techs for lab results, and Cuddy and Chase wait to hear from Wilson.

 

When Foreman enters, they know right away that he’s got bad news.  He motions for them to join him, away from House’s bedside.  Foreman hands the paper to Chase; Cuddy leans in to read it.  Then, shell-shocked, the three stare at one another.

 

“Is this even possible?” Cuddy asks in a hushed voice.

 

“Not only possible, but exactly what I was afraid of,” Chase says.  “House’s infection’s been responding atypically since the beginning, and we don’t know why.  Not even his recent history of corticosteroid use explains all of it.  Now, everything’s dependent on Wilson, on whatever he’s figured out.”

 

Chase walks over to House’s bedside and shuts off the antibiotic pump.  “No sense risking more damage to his kidneys when the meds aren’t doing anything to fight the VRSA,” he says.

 

“But… that leaves him without any coverage for the infection at all!” Cuddy exclaims.

 

Foreman smiles grimly.  “We could dump three doses into his veins right now, and it still wouldn’t give him coverage.  Cultures showed resistance to both meds within hours.”

 

“His fever’s spiking again,” Chase mentions to no one in particular as he activates the cooling blanket.

 

“Did Wilson say where he was going, when he’d be back?” Foreman asks Cuddy.

 

“No, but he seemed pretty certain that he’d figured out something important, and… I got the feeling that whatever it was would provide a solution, a definitive treatment plan.”  Cuddy doesn’t mention that she’s basing so much of her hope, her optimism, on the simple fact that Wilson hadn’t said goodbye to House; she isn’t sure that Chase and Foreman would appreciate the significance of that.  But she does, and her faith in Wilson hasn’t wavered, even in light of this grim development. 

 

And… Wilson had been House during that revelatory experience; Cuddy’s convinced of that.  Her belief in House’s diagnostic abilities is virtually unshakeable; she’s more than willing, now, to transfer that confidence to Wilson

 

But how can I explain that to them?  I don’t even understand why I know everything’s going to be okay; how can I expect them to get it?  She decides it’s best not to even try; Wilson will return soon enough, and then Chase and Foreman will see for themselves.

 

“Where’s Dr. Cameron?”  Cuddy’s just realized that the third member of House’s team is conspicuously absent.

 

Foreman and Chase exchange a quick, uncomfortable glance, then Chase says “I spoke with her on the way over.  She said if you need her, she’ll come in.  As a doctor.  She said to tell you she… doesn’t need to be here just to be part of… House’s deathwatch.”

 

A brief flash of anger crosses Cuddy’s face, and then it’s gone.  “That’s all right,” she says pleasantly.  “Her negative attitude won’t help House right now—and we don’t need it either.  Because he’s going to be fine.  Just fine.”

 

Foreman, concern written on his face, nods to Chase to join him just outside the cubicle.  Once they’re out of Cuddy’s hearing, he asks, “How long has he got if this miracle of Wilson’s doesn’t pan out?”

 

“Depends.  If we extubate him, stop the dialysis, confine treatment to palliative care, it’ll be less than a day—maybe significantly less.  But something tells me Wilson and Cuddy won’t allow that.  And if they insist on continuing to actively treat… it’s hard to say, but it could be a week.”  Chase lowers his head sadly.  “A horrendous week.”

 

“And what are the odds that Wilson really has found something that’ll make a difference?”

 

Chase hesitates, then says reluctantly, “Not good.  Between House’s depressed immune system and whatever mutation this is, I’m not certain there’s anything out there that’ll give him a fighting chance.  Even Cuddy and Wilson have gotta be aware that the cards are stacked against him.  He got so sick, so quickly, and he hasn’t responded fully to anything we’ve tried.  We may have lost the battle before we even started fighting.  And I have a feeling that somehow, House already knew that, when he spoke to me about what he wanted if he was to become ill.  What’s concerning me now is, Wilson doesn’t seem anywhere near ready to face it.  I thought maybe Cuddy was; now I’m wondering about her as well.”

 

“Yeah, I know what you mean.  And the one who’ll suffer because of their denial will be House.”  Foreman looks across at his unconscious boss, and shakes his head.

 

“No he won’t,” Chase says firmly.  “If this goes bad, if Wilson doesn’t come through, I’ll increase House’s sedation.  Either way, whether they let us pull the plug or not, I’ll make certain he stays under.”

 

“He’s already maxed out,” Foreman says.  Then he sees the look on Chase’s face, and he nods.  “Okay.  I’m with you; however much it takes, we give him.  But… you do realize that Wilson—and maybe even Cuddy—are gonna want to talk to him, say their goodbyes.  They’ll want to pull him out of the coma at least once.”

 

Foreman’s watching Cuddy as he speaks.  She’s with House, doing routine care, and she’s obviously speaking to him.  Foreman can tell from her posture, from the expression on her face and the serenity in her eyes, that she’s pinned everything on this wild goose chase of Wilson’s.  He knows that she’ll crash hard if Wilson can’t save House—and he doesn’t even want to think about the effect it’ll have on Wilson.

 

Chase looks intently at Foreman.  “If you were House, would you want to be awake for any of this?”

 

“Hell, no,” Foreman says quietly. 

 

“Our primary responsibility is to our patient,” Chase continues.  “So I say we take that responsibility… very, very seriously.”  Chase looks meaningfully at Foreman, who mirrors his expression.

 

A nonverbal agreement passes between them, then they silently shake hands and return to the patient they’ve vowed to protect.

Chapter Thirty-Four

Thoughts 
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11th-Jun-2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
in the process of responding to your wonderful email from yesterday right now; you should be hearing from me shortly--and thanks!!
11th-Jun-2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Aw. Is that you painting Foreskin as one of the lesser evils, too? *shocked and definitely awed* One little typo in this chapter, but nothing at all to worry about. Fantastic job.

11th-Jun-2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oh ye of little faith. I wonder why they don't trust Wilson? I mean have they lost every ounce of hope that they once had? Or have they had any hope to begin with? And what is this mystery cure that Wilson has thought of? Another question, will all of this be over with soon? Cuz we all know how much you *love* torturing the boys. ;)

Oh, is everything alright with your family? I hope so dear. You guys deserve some good. Well, good luck with everything. *huggles*

-ANimal
11th-Jun-2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Another question, will all of this be over with soon?

ahh--a comment relating to the story, and one i can actually answer! yes; there are (or will be)three more chapters after this one. Thirty-Four will go up tomorrow morning (yes, posting on TUESDAY this week). Then the final two chapters will go up Thursday and Friday (assuming they're, umm... written). ;)

and btw, many thanks for your assistance over at the pit last night!
11th-Jun-2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
Wilson's gonna strangle them. I hope he does!
11th-Jun-2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
wilson hasn't any reason to strangle them. if he weren't able to help house, i don't think he'd want house to suffer any further either. nor would cuddy. chase and foreman are simply conjecturing, and making certain, in their own minds, that they're on the 'same page' if wilson's theory doesn't pan out.
11th-Jun-2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
My dislike of Cameron grows only stronger. On the other hand, Chase and Foreman's loyalty to House is almost heart-warming. But if House were really to die (and yes, I'm bearing in mind your macro), how would Wilson respond to this show of loyalty?

I am saddened that this will end in a few chapters, but I'm also eager to see how all this'll tie up.
11th-Jun-2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
But if House were really to die (and yes, I'm bearing in mind your macro), how would Wilson respond to this show of loyalty?

were that to happen, wilson would, i believe, actually back up the decision that foreman and chase have made to protect house from further suffering. glad it's not gonna happen; thinking about it makes me want to cry!
11th-Jun-2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
“Our primary responsibility is to our patient,” Chase continues. “So I say we take that responsibility… very, very seriously.” Chase looks meaningfully at Foreman, who mirrors his expression.
A nonverbal agreement passes between them, then they silently shake hands and return to the patient they’ve vowed to protect.">

If I were those two, I would be more worried about what WILSON will do to them both, if they try to do anything that he dosn't condone. I would NOT put it by House to privately chew Wilson up one side and down the other for his part in this little party...and then turn around and side with him publicly, and ream both Chase and Foreman a new one for not backing Wilson! It just sounds so..Houseian.

Yay! no Houseless Tuesday this week!

12th-Jun-2007 10:27 am (UTC)
I would NOT put it by House to privately chew Wilson up one side and down the other for his part in this little party...

counting today's chapter (which i'm polishing now), there are just three left. so we'll have to await the sequel on that! (veg)
11th-Jun-2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't want to be awake during all this either! If the situation calls for that I hope Wilson will be able to see that too.

Man I still hope Wilson has the answer though!
12th-Jun-2007 10:28 am (UTC)
Man I still hope Wilson has the answer though!

have faith! (and remind yourself there's going to be a sequel, so someone had better have the answer!)
11th-Jun-2007 06:52 pm (UTC) - Ch. 33 (Dr. Fantabulous)
Anonymous
AWESOME!!! "He knows that she'll crash hard if Wilson can't save House- and he doesn't even want to think about the effect it'll have on Wilson."
That whole paragraph was great, and I love everybody's reaction to Cameron's absence- you write them all soo well.
(I can't stand Cameron on the show or in the story, well done) ;)
I'm excited about Wilson's theory, though, can't wait to find out what it is! And I also can't wait for House to regain consciousness...
Nice chapter!
12th-Jun-2007 10:30 am (UTC) - Re: Ch. 33 (Dr. Fantabulous)
I'm excited about Wilson's theory, though, can't wait to find out. what it is! And I also can't wait for House to regain consciousness...

it's interesting, though, what a 'presence' house manages to be, even unconscious!
11th-Jun-2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
I suggest we dose Foreman and Chase. Now.
Seriously, how come those two imagine they know better their boss than Cuddy or Wilson. “If you were House, would you want to be awake for any of this?” WRONG QUESTION BOYS, truncated, not even a question since there's only one answer available, of course it's a NO. The relevant question should have been "if you were House, would you want to have a say in the management of your ending life, or at least to say goodbye to those you love ?".
well, maybe i'm wrong, i don't know, really, i'm happy you are the writer...and I TRUST YOU.
See you tomorrow (great news BTW)
many thanks to you.
12th-Jun-2007 10:33 am (UTC)
The relevant question should have been "if you were House, would you want to have a say in the management of your ending life, or at least to say goodbye to those you love ?".

that is an excellent question; you make a very good point! (let's hope it doesn't come to that.....);)
11th-Jun-2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
I love that the boys have grown enough to realise that sometimes doctors have to go to extreme efforts to protect their patient. Their 'Daddy' would be proud (especially of Foreman's loyalty). But Mummy and Uncle Wilson will be wielding sharp objects if they do go through with their plans!
12th-Jun-2007 10:34 am (UTC)
But Mummy and Uncle Wilson will be wielding sharp objects if they do go through with their plans!

laughing and endeavoring not to spill coffee into laptop keys!
11th-Jun-2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Go Foreman and Chase. I always liked those two. Idiots at times, but good guys. Great job by the way! I love Cuddy being pissed at Cameron. So where was dear Dr. Wilson? Whatever he is doing he better do it fast. Honestly from my point of view it looks like the two of them are in denial. I know Wilson had a House moment, but he isn't House and I cannot trust Wilson's idea, whatever it is, until it is proven to be right to be right and not a fool's try at keeping someone alive.

Go you by the way, posting tomorrow! Did you get the coffee and ice cream I sent you? Hope you enjoyed the thoughts! Great chapter!
12th-Jun-2007 10:37 am (UTC)
I know Wilson had a House moment, but he isn't House and I cannot trust Wilson's idea, whatever it is, until it is proven to be right

yeah, but all poor house has to rely on at the moment is poor, clueless wilson, so let's show house we TRUST WILSON!

Did you get the coffee and ice cream I sent you?

house and wilson and my son are all still alive, aren't they? ;) thank you!
11th-Jun-2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Ooo, can't wait for Wilson's theory. Foreman and Chase...well, I hope they don't have to intervene. It's good to know that they're there, but as Cuddy intuited, they just don't understand. *waits patiently for tomorrow*
12th-Jun-2007 11:19 am (UTC)
Foreman and Chase...well, I hope they don't have to intervene. It's good to know that they're there

and i honestly believe that house would understand--and be thankful for--their attitude towards end-of-life care for him.
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12th-Jun-2007 11:23 am (UTC)
He doesn't make the intuitive leap as often as House, it's harder for him, and, I think, there's an emotional component for him that has to be present before he can make that sort of leap

this observation fascinates me, and i appreciate your pointing it out for us. whereas house eschews the 'emotional compononent', i very much agree that it is vital for wilson to be able to think beyond his training. fortunately for house, there's a rather large emotional component for wilson, where house's health is concerned!
12th-Jun-2007 12:06 am (UTC)
You are doing a beautiful tension-build thing here! I am loving this story so much, and I really look forward to reading the sequel (Yay!Sequel!) too.

Good luck with your electricity!
12th-Jun-2007 11:17 am (UTC)
You are doing a beautiful tension-build thing here!

and i'm hoping the tension release will be just as beautiful! (now chewing fingernails as we move toward denouement)
12th-Jun-2007 12:31 am (UTC)
Another great chapter. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Wilson's up to. Glad the power's up and running. :)
12th-Jun-2007 11:16 am (UTC)
we'll soon find out what wilson's up to, and whether it'll work!

oh, it'll work for house--my own curiousity wonders if it'll work for you kids, or whether you'll be disappointed... yup-- dx: writer's nerves! ;)
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