Repeated rewatches leads to obsession 😉
I noticed that even though when we see Eddie pulled into the roof it's Hen and Bobby who are visible on screen, they are not the first to pull him in.
I looked into it more closely and gif-ed it 😇
* In the first one, on the left, we see Buck and Bobby turn quickly from the patient to the look back down to the chopper. - And we see Eddie looking down through the window. (which from the promo we know originally opened and he nearly falls, only it was cut in editing for some reason - I bet we had missed Buck screaming out Eddie's name in panic.)
* In the gif on the right though, we see Chimney and Bobby pulling Hen into the roof. - I'm guessing Buck stays aside to look down and make sure Eddie is ok.
* In the last one, Buck is the one who reaches for Eddie and pulls him in, even before Hen and Bobby turn around to help. (Buck doesn't look at Eddie, he's still staring at the chopper, I have two theories why.
One, because originally Eddie nearly dies when the chopper's door opens - it was cut in editing, but this had to have had some sort of influence on Buck.
Two, he's staring at the organ still in the chopper, but he's not the one automatically getting ready to get down, it was Bobby. - I did love that no one argued they just quickly and efficiently rallied around him to help.
So I'm leaning towards my first theory.🤔)
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Re-watching 4x05, there were some things said in Maddie’s and Buck’s conversation in the beginning and then when kid Buck falls off the bike (by Margaret) that made me go and look for the risks in donating bone marrow.
Remember that Daniel died the first year after Buck was born, meaning that Evan was a baby when they used him as a donor.
So I pulled a Buck and went to research online: (According to healthline.com)
Anyone between 18 and 60 years old can register to be a donor.
People between 18 and 44 tend to produce more and higher quality cells than older individuals. Doctors choose donors in the 18 to 44 age group more than 95 percent of the time, according to Be The Match, a national marrow donor program.
You’ll need to provide a tissue sample. This is obtained by swabbing the inside of your cheek. You must also sign a consent form.
Besides donating your bone marrow, you’re donating your time. To be accepted, you’ll need to provide additional blood tests and have a physical examination. The total time commitment for the donation process is estimated to be 20 to 30 hours over four to six weeks
The most serious risks have to do with anesthesia:
People who fall into those categories may have an increased risk for:
About 2.4 percent of donors have a serious complication from anesthesia or damage to bone, nerve, or muscle, according to Be The Match.
You’ll only lose a small amount of bone marrow, so it won’t weaken your own immune system. Your body will replace it within six weeks. - But this talks about adults doing the process, not a newborn, barely formed baby.
Some potential side effects from general anesthesia are:
sore throat due to the breathing tube
Regional anesthesia can cause headache and a temporary drop in blood pressure.
Some side effects of marrow donation include:
bruising at the incision site
soreness and stiffness where the marrow was harvested
achiness or pain in the hip or back
trouble walking for a few days due to pain or stiffness
You might also feel fatigued for a few weeks. That should resolve as your body replaces the marrow.
While recovering, here are a few ways to ease common side effects:
Lightheadedness. Rise from a lying down or seated position slowly. Take things easy for a while.
Sleep disturbances. Eat smaller, lighter meals. Rest and go to bed earlier until you feel fully recovered.
Swelling at the surgery site. Avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days.
Swelling of the lower back. Use an ice pack periodically throughout the day.
Stiffness. Stretch or take a few short walks each day until you build up your strength and flexibility.
Fatigue. Rest assured that it’s temporary. Get plenty of rest until you feel like yourself again.
According to Be The Match, some donors find it more painful than they thought it would be. But others find it less painful than they expected.
Reading this got me even more mad at the Buckley parents, because baby Evan was expandable, they had him for the sole purpose of saving Daniel. It made me wonder if the graft worked but the baby died in the process if the grieving would have been as long as it is with Daniel.
I wonder if both survived, the treatment of baby to adult Evan would have been different - if he would have been considered the hero/savior by his parents.
I don’t wonder at Buck’s unbelievable tolerance for pain, and his habit to persevere despite everything.
I don’t wonder about Buck’s belief of how expandable he is (obviously he’s not), it’s because that’s how his parents made him feel, every day of his life for as long as he lived under their roof, and even outside of it.
Until the 118, bobby, and the Diazes, he really didn’t have a home.
And Chimney’s “Yes you were, by her.” (referring to Maddie wanting and loving him) does not makes a difference, because, yes she loves him and of course she wants him, always, but a sister’s love (even absent, for whatever reason) amazing as it is ( I have two, both younger) does not rival to the patterns of behavior and sense of self worth our parents can instill in us.
I know my parents love me, but they screwed me over pretty good. (My therapist is making good money off of me lol) I know my sisters love me and that they are always there when I need them, and vice versa, but that doesn’t make the damage our parents did, even inadvertently, any less harmful.
So Eddie’s very correct assumption (unlike the rest’s broken record - reckless) in Buck acting expandable is such an important observation that was finally made to Buck himself - and the fact that it was made by Eddie is even more important, because Eddie is the one that spend the most time with Buck, by choice, and actually sees him for who and what he really is.
Eddie doesn’t shy away from that conversation - and compared to Eddie of S3 and even S2 that is a hell of a character development, and a blessing in disguise because now they can both move on together. - Get better together.
I didn’t plan on making this about buddie - but the family Buck chose, choosing him back, in contrast to the family who brought him into this world out of necessity not out of choice is so highlighted in this case, it had to be adressed.
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