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Ashland: Uh, doc, I would appreciate your discretion on this.
Nate: Of course. Victoria is a friend of mine. I’m always happy to help out. Look, I don’t want to press you too hard, and maybe you’d prefer to speak to someone else about this. I’m cool with that. I can even give you a referral, if you like, but in the meantime, these vitamin supplements, they’re good for energy. I’ve seen help out other patients deal with fatigue while undergoing chemo. Now, it’s just two a day — one in the morning and one at night. I’ll leave them right there for you.
Ashland: Thank you, sir. That’s very kind, but I know you’re the new big-shot at the hospital. You’re chief of surgery, right?
Nate: That’s right.
Ashland: Well, so I would imagine you have more important things to do than tucking me in for a post-chemo nap.
Nate: Uh, not right now. I’m off duty. And I wanted to get you out of there. I know a man of your stature likes to project strength, and I’m sure you didn’t want anyone seeing you struggle like that.
Ashland: That’s very thoughtful of you. Thank you.
Nate: But you need to remember that chemotherapy doesn’t care about appearances or how tough you are because chemo can be tougher.
Ashland: Dr. Hastings, I’m beginning to realize that.
Nate: I, uh, injured my hand last year. Still can’t operate. My whole world was wrapped around me being a surgeon, and suddenly I can’t perform surgery.
Ashland: And you were able to get past it?
Nate: Took a while, but i learned I had to be honest with myself about my limitations. I had to learn how to ask for help when it was needed. It’s not a sign of weakness.
Ashland: You sound like Victoria.
Nate: [ Chuckles ] I’m no oncologist, but I’ve seen enough cases that each round of chemo you go through can be different. There’s nothing to be gained by pretending you’re dealing with it better than you are and there’s no shame in admitting that this sucks.
Ashland: You know, you’re asking me to unlearn decades of behavior. That’s a big change.
Nate: Well, your life has changed. You need to recognize that and be honest with yourself about it. Being stoic may only prolong your agony. And your doctors might be able to make it a little better if you’re open with them.
Nate: Same goes for Victoria. I personally understand the instinct to want to hide the worst of your situation from her, but don’t. She’s an ally. Let her help you.
Ashland: You were right, doctor. This sucks.