I have no sympathy for most dying patients. And I think I’ve seen all sorts of stupid the human genome brings up. But this one kind of hit me.
Story from my coworker who assumed this almost ICU patient: 85+ year old man comes into the ER with complaints of excruciating stomach pain. They found out through the Abdominal CT scans that he had a ruptured lateral AAA (It means he burst the biggest blood vessel - the Aorta - kids) and was bleeding internally to death. The doctor explained the only way to save him was surgery. As he kept explaining, the blood kept pooling right into his abdomen and his belly kept getting bigger and bigger. The surgery would be complex to fix a tear in his aorta. Not only that, a guy for his age, and the complicated recovery, there would be a pretty slim chance of him ever making it out alive.
So knowingly that he was inevitably going to die in the next few hours, the man simply shrugged and said “I guess its time to see the Lord Jesus.” His family cried and bawled the moment he said that. They downgraded him from ICU status to comfort measures, brought him upstairs to a private room with all the pain medications in the world to keep him comfortable and his huge family waiting with him by his side. He died a few hours later.
This led my coworker to tell me about him. He probably owned some kind of business. His wife died recently and he was ready to meet her. I ended up sitting in my car for a few hours after my shift thinking “Ok, here’s a guy who was probably so content with his life he accepted his death right there. And what the fuck am I doing with mines….?!!”
That is a man.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
It’s not pictured here yet, but my pride and joy out of all my pens are the Energel 0.5 pens (for work) and Osmiroid sketch nib in Esterbrook cartridge pen (fountain pen) and an Esterbrook 2550# cartridge pen (fountain pen) for inking. I’m still trying to get my hands on a 9128 nib.
It’s 1915, the climax of the Great War. War-hardened Molly O’Sullivan is on a quest to retrieve the wounded on the battlefield of France when she saves The Doctor, a vagrant timelord from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor takes her on an adventure of a lifetime, a journey that he desperately needs more than her. But with the mystery of an otherworldly fog plaguing the UK and the entire universe after him, little does he know his travels with Molly will eventually rip the whole of reality apart.
1. THE GREAT WAR
Escaping bounty hunters, The Doctor crashes his time machine into the middle World War I where he gets rescued by “Dark Eyes” Molly, a ballsy VAD caught up in a Dalek Invasion from nowhere. But is their meeting just the start of a seemingly random adventure or part of a sinister plot set in motion?
2. THE STOWAWAY
Stranded in the Tardis, The Doctor and Molly continues their investigation on the antiparticle fog that’s vaporizing people all over time and space. As the two try to settle their differences, enemies of The Doctor follow their every move and and an unlikely stowaway complicates matters.
3. THE FUGITIVES
Molly copes with the impossibility of returning home as The Doctor struggles to accept an old enemy as a companion. But the safe haven of Nosferatu II has other purpose for the Tardis crew and there are ominous signs in the sky that the universe is ending…
4. THE TANGLED FOG
Landing in an unaffected time-line of the Victorian Era, The Doctor and Molly join the Paternoster Gang on the trail of the “Pied Piper” responsible for countless of children disappearing. As both time travelers discover the dark personal secrets that’s been plaguing their lives, they soon come face to face with the entity behind the disappearances.
5. THE SKARO DEGRADATIONS
With The Doctor captured by bounty hunters, and Molly under the control of the Daleks, it’s up to The Master and the Paternoster Gang to save them both. Little do they know that they’re playing right into the plans of the Daleks and the renegade timelady bent on destroying the timelords. But which side is The Master really on?
From the battlefields of World War I to the planetary hell of Skaro, the whole of reality is unraveling. The Doctor is forced to make a final heart-wrenching decision before it’s too late: Save Molly O’Sullivan or save the entire universe.
Format: Miniseries. A continuous storyline over 5x 45 minute episodes and 1x 90 minute finale. Loosely based on the Big Finish Audio Plays of the same name by Nicholas Briggs.
Target audience: A standalone Doctor Who plot with potential to draw in new fans. Current fans should also be delighted on the numerous allusions to the classic series, the current series, and the Big Finish audio plays. Although still a family programme, the storyline will be geared towards older children and adults (an intro to theoretical quantum physics anyone?).
Budget and resources: Many of the characters and aliens can be can be borrowed from the current series. 95% of all locations can be filmed in Cardiff and surrounding areas with the remaining scenes throughout the UK. The series, as expected, will still rely on CGI effects.
What to expect in the story: Companions that shouldn’t be trusted. A Tardis that’s constantly breaking down. A Sonic Screwdriver in analog mode. Bounty hunters and Daleks following every move. A journey on a personal level for our favorite timelord. Expect this Doctor to have the most difficult but most thrilling adventure yet!
I told myself that this New Year, my resolution would be to work on my writing portfolio and probably chuck a few entries to the Nicholls and the Disney fellowships.
I really wasn’t supposed to be this ambitious.
Modern Day Sherlock Holmes. By far THE OLDEST drawing on my computer I’ve ever kept and drawn at the time I devoured Arthur Conan Doyle’s whole cannon. I probably had a story (a la Speckled Band) in my head too about a wealthy pet owner whose poisonous snakes got loose and terrorized the London sewer system and somehow the great detective got a hold of his own pet snake to keep his dog Toby in check…
Drawn in 1997. Later stuck in a PS5 filter in 2001.
No, I did NOT anticipate the curly hair.