Bare and the Machine: Catatonia
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Bare and the Machine: Catatonia

In the heart of the bustling Gold Coast Hospital, Brian Bare, the notorious backstage reporter for High Octane Wrestling, stands out. His usual party-hard demeanor is replaced by a seriousness that matches the sterile, white-walled environment around him.

“Bare here with Dr. Simmons,” he announces into the microphone, his voice echoing slightly in the expansive hospital corridor. Dr. Simmons, a distinguished figure in a white coat, stands beside him, her face a mask of professional calm.

“Doctor,” Bare begins, “can you explain to our viewers what catatonia is?” Dr. Simmons provides a detailed explanation, “Catatonia is a state of unresponsiveness to external stimuli in a person who is apparently awake. It can involve a variety of symptoms, including motor immobility, excessive motor activity, and extreme resistance to instructions.”

“And how is it typically treated?” Bare continues. Dr. Simmons delves into the common treatments, “Typically, we start with benzodiazepines, a type of medication that can help reduce symptoms. If that doesn’t work, we might consider electroconvulsive therapy.”

“Are there any high-risk treatments available?” Bare asks. Dr. Simmons hesitates before answering, “There are experimental treatments, such as deep brain stimulation, but these come with significant risks and are only considered in severe cases.”

“Could any of these treatments help Evan Ward recover in time for the 97Red event?” Bare’s question hangs in the air. Dr. Simmons provides a careful, non-committal answer, “It’s hard to say. Every patient responds differently to treatment. It’s possible, but it’s also possible that he may need more time.”

“What are the chances of a full recovery before the event?” Bare continues. Dr. Simmons explains, “Again, it’s hard to predict. Catatonia can be a complex condition, and recovery can take time. It’s not just about waking up; it’s about regaining motor function and cognitive abilities.”

“Assuming Evan recovers, what limitations might he face in the ring?” Bare’s question reflects the concerns of many viewers. Dr. Simmons outlines potential challenges, “He might experience physical weakness or cognitive delays. He might also have difficulty with coordination or balance.”

“Could he potentially worsen his condition by participating in the event?” Bare asks. Dr. Simmons explains, “There’s always a risk, especially with a physical activity like wrestling. He could potentially suffer a setback or re-injury.”

“Would he be able to withstand a match against Steve Solex?” Bare’s final question is perhaps the most crucial. Dr. Simmons hesitates before answering, “That would depend on his recovery and physical condition. It’s a decision that should be made with his medical team.”

With his questions answered, Bare turns to a patient seated nearby, a man trapped in the silent world of catatonia. “Can you share your experience?” Bare asks, hoping for some insight. But the patient remains silent, his vacant gaze a stark reminder of the challenges Evan Ward might be facing. Bare can only shake his head at the sad circumstances of the patient.

As the interview concludes, Bare ties it back to 97Red. “As many of you know, Evan Ward, currently in a catatonic state, is set to wrestle Steve Solex at the 97Red event,” he says, his voice steady. “We’ll be watching closely, hoping for Ward’s recovery and his safe return to the same ring as Steve Solex.”