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VAIL CHAPTER 7 - “star boarder” spring 2009

Megyn

SETTING: EARLY 30-SOMETHING NEWLYWEDS MEGYN AND BRADLEY SIMPSON EMBARK ON A NEW LIFE IN VAIL, COLORADO. BRADLEY GRADUATED WITH TOP ACADEMIC HONORS AS THE #1 STUDENT AT BOTH NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY AND CREIGHTON MEDICAL SCHOOL. THE COUPLE DATED WHILE IN COLLEGE - HOWEVER BOTH WENT SEPARATE WAYS AFTER GRADUATING. THEY MET AGAIN ON A RETREAT AT GEORGETOWN MEDICAL SCHOOL WHERE BRADLEY WAS FINISHING HIS FELLOWSHIP IN ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA - AFTER COMPLETING A FIVE-YEAR MAYO CLINIC ORTHOPEDIC RESIDENCY. MEGYN WILL BE EMPLOYED BY VAIL VALLEY HOSPITAL AS A SURGICAL SCRUB NURSE. BRADLEY WAS HEAVILY RECRUITED AT MANY MAJOR CENTERS AS AN ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMATOLOGIST - HOWEVER DECIDED ON VAIL DUE TO THE MEDICAL STAFF SUPPORT, ABILITY TO CONTINUE HIS RESEARCH, SECRET DESIRE TO OBTAIN A NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE, AND HIS LOVE OF SKIING. MEGYN BRADLEY - DO I NEED MORE TREATMENTS ? I’M GETTING SO TIRED OF THESE TREATMENTS. BRADLEY ON TOP OF THOSE NATURAL TREATMENTS OF MICKY’S ? MEGYN OK - I’LL QUIT MICKY’S TREATMENTS - I’LL DO ANYTHING - I JUST CANNOT TAKE ALL THIS MEDICINE. IT WOULD BE MORE NATURAL IF I HAD NOTHING BUT GOOD NUTRITION. BRADLEY OK - I GET IT. YOU HAVE HAD IT. MAKE UP YOUR MIND EITHER MY TREATMENT OR MICKY’S - BUT NOT BOTH. MEGYN DON’T BE ANGRY. I’M DOING ALL I CAN. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT ? VAIL VALLEY HAS REALLY POISONED ME WITH ALL THIS CHEMOTHERAPY. BRADLEY OK - I WON’T BE ANGRY. BUT I CAN ONLY TAKE SO MUCH. I DIDN’T REALIZE MICKY WAS MOVING IN NEARLY PERMANENTLY. MEGYN SO WE MUST ALL DEAL WITH THIS - SHE IS MY TWIN

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SISTER. I COULD DIE ANY DAY.....AND YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HER LIVING HERE. BRADLEY YOU MUST BE CONCERNED A BIT THAT WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO PRIVACY - HAVEN’T HAD ANY TIME ALONE IN WEEKS. MEGYN I UNDERSTAND HOW YOU FEEL...BUT I’M THE ONE WITH METASTATIC CANCER. YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HAVING KIDS....AND I UNDERSTAND THAT - BUT I MAY NOT EVEN LIVE MUCH LONGER. I KNOW THIS STUFF IS IN REMISSION BUT... BRADLEY STOP IT - I UNDERSTAND MORE THAN ANYONE. I’M OPTIMISTIC.

bradley & Megyn

MEGYN MAYBE WE SHOULD END OUR RELATIONSHIP. YOU NEVER ASKED FOR THIS WHEN WE MARRIED. YOU WANTED A QB. NOW IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE NEVER GOING TO OBTAIN PREGNANCY LET ALONE LIFE. I’M SORRY - THIS JUST HAPPENED. BRADLEY YES - IT DID JUST HAPPEN. IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO ME. MARRIAGE IS FOR BETTER OR WORSE. I CAN DEAL WITH THIS. YES I’M DEPRESSED AND BUMMED REGARDING ALL THIS - BUT HECK - WHO WOULDN’T BE. MEGYN LET’S JUST HOLD ONE ANOTHER. PRAY. I’LL TALK TO MICKY TONIGHT. MAYBE SHE’LL ACCEPT LEAVING OR MOVING TO BEAVER CREEK OR AVON FOR A BIT. I DON’T KNOW. BRADLEY OR SHE’LL REALIZE WE NEED OUR PRIVACY. MEGYN AND SHE’LL THINK SHE ORCHESTRATED MY RECOVERY. BRADLEY LET HER THINK THAT - IT’S OK. MEGYN OK - I’LL JUST LET HER KNOW WE NEED SOME SPACE. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND I COULDN’T HAVE IMPROVED WITHOUT YOUR NATURAL ASSISTANCE.

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BRADLEY OK - I’M OFF TO BED - I HAVE A CARTILAGE TRANSPLANT IN A YOUNG KNEE TOMORROW. SHOULD BE INTERESTING. MEGYN YES - SOUNDS AS EXCITING AS THE STMO UNIT. BRADLEY AND WE HAVE A COUPLE NEW TWISTS TO THE UNIT. OUR SIMPSON TRAUMA MOBILE OPERATING ROOM WILL BE THE STATE OF THE ART. IT IS VERY EXCITING. MEGYN I WANT TO HELP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. BUT I HAVE NO STRENGTH. BRADLEY I WILL GET YOU INVOLVED ONCE YOUR BLOOD COUNT RETURNS WITH YOUR STRENGTH. MEGYN THAT IS A DEAL. OH HERE COMES MICKY. BRADLEY HI MICKY. HOW WAS YOUR NIGHT OUT ? MICKY I MET A WONDERFUL GUY - A SKI INSTRUCTOR. HE IS REALLY COOL. UNBELIEVABLE, CUTE, AND NEVER MARRIED, WANTS TO HAVE KIDS, AND......... MEGYN DID YOU GET A FOLLOW UP DATE ? MICKY KIND OF - I MEAN HE REALLY WANTS TO SEE ME AGAIN AFTER HE DUMPS HIS GIRL WHO HE DOESN’T LIKE. MEGYN WELL WE’VE ALL HEARD THAT BEFORE HAVEN’T WE. MICKY BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT. REALLY DIFFERENT. MEGYN I HOPE SO. BUT YOU KNOW MEN. BRADLEY AND WHAT ABOUT THE BOYFRIEND IN IOWA. MICKY OH I BROKE THAT OFF WHEN I DECIDED I WAS NEEDED 4


HERE MORE. AND YOUR JOB ?

MEGYN

MICKY I QUIT. I KNEW I WAS NEEDED MORE HERE. SEE HOW YOU ARE GETTING BETTER MEGYN. WELL MICKY....

BRADLEY

MICKY I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO SAY BRADLEY. BUT I’LL CUT TO THE REAL ISSUES. WE JUST WANTED TO....

MEGYN

MICKY I KNOW - BE ALONE. I’M NO DUMMY. I FOUND A PLACE AS A NANNY IN BEAVER CREEK. NEAR THE HYATT. BRADLEY WELL THAT SETTLES IT. WE ALL ARE ACCOMPLISHING WHAT WE WANT. MICKY YES EXCEPT MOM AND DAD WANT TO MOVE IN. I TOLD THEM NO....BUT THEY ARE INSISTENT - BEING THAT BRADLEY’S SCHEDULE IS BECOMING OVERWHELMING. MEGYN YOU DIDN’T TELL THEM NO. I MEAN THEY CAN VISIT. BUT MOVING IN. MICKY YOU KNOW MOM AND DAD. THEY ARE ALWAYS CORRECT. MEGYN I TOTALLY AGREE - BUT THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH. THEY ARE NON MEDICAL PEOPLE. WHEN ARE THEY COMING ? MICKY SOON AS I MOVE OUT. MOM DOESN’T WANT YOU UNATTENDED FOR A DAY. SHE IS AGAIN INSISTENT. BRADLEY WOW - THE WOMAN HAS SPOKEN. I WON’T INTRUDE. THIS IS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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MEGYN BRADLEY - YOU WILL FREAK IF MY PARENTS MOVE IN. BRADLEY NO I’LL JUST DEAL - I’LL WORK ON THE STMO UNIT MORE. I NEED MORE GRANT MONEY TO GET THIS PROJECT REALLY LAUNCHED ON THE VAIL SLOPES. MEGYN SO YOU’LL BE NON EXISTENT WITH MY MOM AND DAD HERE ? BRADLEY NO - NOT REALLY. I’LL JUST BE LESS NOTICED. MICKY AGAIN - WE SHOULD ALL PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER MAYBE MOM AND DAD HERE IS TOO MUCH. CAN THEY RENT A PLACE MONTH TO MONTH ? MEGYN MAYBE I SHOULD JUST GO BACK TO IOWA FOR A BIT - THAT WOULD BE EASIER. BACK TO THE QUAD CITIES. MICKY YES THAT MIGHT WORK. WHAT DO YOU THINK BRADLEY ? BRADLEY WELL I’M NOT TOTALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS - HOWEVER IF IT IS FOR A LIMITED TIME - MAYBE IT WOULD WORK AND MOM AND DAD WOULD GET THEIR NURTURING IN - AND MEGYN COULD SEE SOME OF HER OLD FRIENDS. MEGYN I’M NOT CRAZY ABOUT LIVING WITH MOM AND DAD - BUT IF THAT IS WHAT THEY INSIST ON - WELL THEY ARE STILL THE BOSS. IT IS THE WAY IT IS. MICKY WELL MAYBE I DON’T NEED TO MOVE OUT THEN. THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF ROOM FOR ME HERE IF YOU GO BACK TO IOWA FOR A WHILE. BRADLEY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS. MAYBE YOU CAN STAY UNTIL YOUR NANNY SERVICES ARE NEEDED BUT NOT MUCH LONGER - IT WOULDN’T LOOK RIGHT - ESPECIALLY A TWIN SISTER. MEGYN YOU ARE RIGHT BRADLEY - FOLKS IN EAST VAIL TALK PLENTY. THIS IS NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER SMALL 6


TOWN. I KNOW THAT WORKING AT THE HOSPITAL. MICKY SO IT IS SETTLED. WHEN WILL YOU GO TO IOWA MEGYN ? MEGYN DON’T CHASE ME OUT OF HERE MICKY. I’LL LEAVE WHEN I GET THE STRENGTH BACK - WHEN MY WHITE COUNT RETURNS TO NEAR NORMAL. BRADLEY WELL ONE OR BOTH OF US WILL GO BACK TO IOWA WITH YOU AND GET YOU SETTLED IN WITH MOM AND DAD. MEGYN WHATEVER. I JUST WANT TO FEEL BETTER. I CANNOT STAND THE FATIGUE OF GETTING UP EVERYDAY AND NOT BEING ABLE TO DO ANYTHING. I CANNOT EVEN WALK TO THE KITCHEN TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT. I THINK IT IS REALLY OVER FOR ME. BRADLEY YES - YOUR FEELINGS ARE QUITE NATURAL MEGYN. ALL CANCER PATIENTS HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT LIVING AND NOW YOU ARE GOING THROUGH THE REAL STRUGGLE. MICKY YES ALL OF VAIL VALLEY HOSPITAL’S DRUGS HAVE KILLED ALL THE CANCER. NOW IS RECOVERY TIME. OUR NATURAL THERAPY WITH ACUPUNCTURE AND SUPPLEMENT HERBS WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST. GIVE IT SOME TIME. IN IOWA IT WILL BE LESS STRESSFUL. MEGYN WELL I HAVE A TON TO BE THANKFUL FOR I GUESS. BUT HONESTLY IN MY CONDITION I REALLY FEEL THAT I HAVE SO LITTLE TO LOOK FORWARD TO BECAUSE I HAVE LITERALLY ZERO ENERGY. HAVING KIDS WHICH WAS ALWAYS BRADLEY AND MY DREAM IS PROBABLY OVER. BRADLEY THAT WE WILL DEAL WITH ANOTHER DAY AND TIME MEGYN. WE CANNOT WORRY ABOUT THAT - WHAT WILL BE WILL BE. WE HAVE LITTLE CONTROL OVER MUCH OF THIS. MEGYN BUT OUR LITTLE QUARTERBACK FOR THE FIGHTING IRISH. REMEMBER BRADLEY ? BRADLEY MY ONLY GOAL IN LIFE PRESENTLY IS TO JUST GET YOU BETTER. HAVING CHILDREN IS NOT EVEN A THOUGHT 7


PRESENTLY WITH WHAT WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH - PELVIC SURGERY, FOLLOWED BY RADIATION, AND CHEMOTHERAPY OF THE MOST TOXIC KIND DUE TO THE UNBELIEVABLE AGGRESSIVENESS OF THIS GYNECOLOGIC CANCER. MEGYN BUT WE DID WHAT WE HAD TO DO. MICKY IOWA WILL FEEL REALLY GOOD IN THE SPRING ALSO. REMEMBER WARM WEATHER, FLOWERS, RAIN, AND THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER - THE ACTUAL WILD GROWTH ON THE RIVER IN SPRING. MEGYN HECK I’LL TAKE FLOWERS IN THE BATHTUB. I JUST WANT ENERGY. MICKY WELL MOM AND DAD WILL BRING EVERY NATURAL IOWA INGREDIENT TO YOUR PLATE. YOU WILL RECOVER. AND YOU WILL HAVE CHILDREN. I’M PREPARED TO DO.......... MEGYN DON’T GO THERE MICKY. I KNOW WE HAVE DONE ALL THE ADVANCED FERTILITY STUFF INCLUDING SAVING MY NON CANCEROUS UTERINE CELLS, MANY EGGS, PARTS OF YOUR TUBES, BONE MARROW STEM CELLS AND MUCOSAL STEM CELLS FROM EVERYWHERE. BUT...... BRADLEY BUT WE WILL GO THERE WHEN WE NEED TO AND NOT UNTIL. MICKY WELL I AM READY WILLING AND ABLE TO BE THE SURROGATE - ESPECIALLY WITH PART OF BRADLEY AND YOU INSIDE OF ME. I ACTUALLY LOOK FORWARD TO THIS. THERE ARE NO GOOD PROSPECTS OUT THERE FOR ME. I’LL NEVER MARRY - SO I MIGHT JUST AS WELL HELP MY SISTER OUT AS MUCH AS I CAN. BRADLEY THE WEIRD THING IS THAT SINCE YOU ARE IDENTICAL TWINS, WELL YOUR EGGS WILL BE EXACTLY THE SAME. MICKY THAT COULD BE AN ADVANTAGE IN THAT IF MEGYN’S FROZEN EGGS DON’T WORK, BRADLEY CAN USE MY EGGS FOR THE CONNECTION.

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MEGYN WELL BRADLEY AND I DON’T KNOW HOW THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WOULD INTERPRET THAT. MOST PROBABLY THIS WOULD BE SINFUL AND AGAINST CATHOLIC DOCTRINE. BRADLEY NO DOUBT THE BISHOP WOULD DISALLOW US TO EVEN CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF UTILIZING ANOTHER PERSON’S EGGS FOR CONCEPTION - DESPITE THE MEDICAL PROBLEMS AND THE FACT THAT MICKY IS AN IDENTICAL TWIN. MEGYN NO DOUBT BECAUSE OF EPIGENETICS - THEY WOULD BE DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN ESSENCE - THE EXACT SAME GENETIC EGG MAY HAVE QUITE DIFFERENT GENE EXPRESSION. BRADLEY AND THUS BE A DIFFERENT HUMAN. MICKY COME ON GIVE ME A BREAK - IF YOU TWO HAVE TO USE MY EGGS IT IS REALLY OK. I’M ALL FOR THE PROPOSITION. BRADLEY WELL THAT IS INTRIGUING BECAUSE WE COULD THEN JUST IMPLANT MY SPERM INTO MICKY DIRECTLY AND IT WOULD BE MORE NATURAL. MEGYN INSTEAD OF MY PETRI DISH IMPLANTED OVUM - NO WAY. BRADLEY I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT BELIEVE YOU ARE TALKING LIKE THIS. CANNOT BELIEVE IT. MICKY I DON’T MEAN TO BRING ON A BIG FIGHT BETWEEN YOU TWO - BUT THIS IS ABSOLUTE REALITY. MEGYN WE KNOW MICKY - WHO WOULD HAVE EVER PREDICTED I’D BE IN THIS POSITION. I THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE ONE ON THE WAY BY NOW AND BEGIN TO LOOK FORWARD TO A PLACE NEAR FORD PARK OR MAYBE EVEN BACHELOR’S GULCH. NOW I’VE GOT OUR OLD BEDROOM IN IOWA. I MAY NOT EVEN LIVE. WHY ARE WE TALKING KIDS ANYWAY ? I’M GOING TO BED. GOOD NIGHT. MICKY OH THERE GOES MY CELL. I HAD CALLED MOM AND DAD AND THEY AGREE WITH THE PLAN COMPLETELY. THEY 9


WANT TO BRING YOU BACK HOME TO IOWA ASAP. I’LL HELP PACK YOUR STUFF IN THE MORNING. I FOUND A FLIGHT NOT TOO BAD IN PRICE THAT WILL LAND IN DES MOINES TOMORROW NOON. WE’LL GET YOU TO DIA TOMORROW EARLY. IT WILL WORK. MEGYN WHATEVER - I’M SO TIRED I FEEL THAT I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER ANY ASPECT OF MY LIFE. I JUST WANT MY STRENGTH BACK. IT IS SO FRUSTRATING. BRADLEY THERE GOES MY BEEPER. I’LL TUCK YOU IN AND THEN HEAD TO THE HOSPITAL. THEY HAVE AN ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA COMING IN FROM KEYSTONE NIGHT SKIING. MICKY THAT IS COOL. THEY GO TO VAIL - NOT DENVER. BRADLEY WELL IT IS A BIG POLITICAL DEAL NOW THAT WE HAVE ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA, BLOOD BANK, AND A SUPPORTING TRAUMA CREW RIGHT HERE IN VAIL VALLEY. MICKY SO YOU ARE STEALING TRAUMA PATIENTS FROM THE BIG BOYS IN DENVER. SOUNDS PRETTY COOL. BRADLEY WELL WE’LL SEE HOW LONG IT LASTS - THERE ARE FORCES WORKING TO PULL OUR MOUNTAIN TRAUMA INTO DENVER ST. ANTHONY’S OR UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL. WE NEED TO PROVE OUR MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY STATISTICS ARE QUITE SIMILAR TO THEIRS. MICKY CAN YOU PULL THAT OFF ? BRADLEY EASILY - BUT AGAIN THERE ARE FORCES WORKING ON ALL KINDS OF OTHER CLINICAL PARAMETERS - SUCH AS ICU CARE, REHAB, SUB SPECIALTY SUPPORT, QUALIFIED TRAUMA CERTIFIED ANESTHESIA AND IT NEVER ENDS. NO WE WILL NOT EVER BE DENVER FOR ALL OF THIS BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE GET THE JOB DONE IN VAIL VALLEY. MEGYN REMEMBER TUCKING ME IN BRADLEY ? OF COURSE. 10

BRADLEY


MICKY AND THE TRAUMA AT VAIL VALLEY ? BRADLEY I’M ON MY WAY - I’LL CARRY YOU TO BED MEGYN. AND I’LL LEAVE SOME NATURAL COCONUT JUICE BESIDE YOUR BED. MEGYN NO THAT IS AWFUL TASTING - I WANT A COLD BEER FROM THE HUBCAP. I NEED TO JUST FALL ASLEEP. MICKY I’VE GOT THE BEER MEGYN. BRADLEY YOUR BEEPER IS GOING OFF AGAIN. YOU NEED TO LIKE MOVE. BRADLEY I’M GONE. SEE YOU ALL LATER TONIGHT OR IN AM.

Megyn

END VAIL VII

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