HOSPITAL: What Humans Do (resisting treatment)
HOSPITAL BEDROOM – DAY
is lying in bed. Dr. Wilson is standing beside her.
This could save your life.
How many times do you think I've
You're discouraged. I understand.
Do you? Do you understand what
it's like to be prodded, pricked with needles, cut into, all your
life? To be weak and nauseous for days on end? To never go anywhere
or do anything because you're sick all the time? And may never get
It's awful. I can't imagine it's
being anything but awful. But you have to have hope.
Do I? Why?
Because you're human, Elizabeth.
And hope is part of what makes us human.
Hope is what keeps people going.
Not just people with chronic diseases. People whose whole families
get wiped out in some genocide and yet go on to make lives for
themselves. People like the ones I saw in Africa, living in filthy
camps. People who get locked up for decades and never stop dreaming
not just that they might be free, but that their whole country might
Man. You're the first person
who's ever made me feel selfish.
Those were their battles,
Elizabeth. And this is yours. Yes, it's a hard one. But don't you
want to fight it?
But what if this doesn't work?
Like all the other times?
Then you'll try again.
Why? For what?
So you'll know you're alive.
For now. But in the end that's
all any of us get. Healthy or not.
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