This morning I said goodbye to my oldest son Kaz as he embarked on a camping trip for a few days with his class, and of course the little bugger was so happy to go, he jumped on the bus without hugging me or saying goodbye! I had to go and find him and get my hug. :(
I know I'm behind on emails and comments, but I'll get back up and running soon, apologies, I've been dealing with the outside world a lot.
So, in contemplating my week ahead with only one kid, I'm looking at the TV guide and realizing with horror that the next episode of Studio 60 is coming out. I really liked this show even after this stunt, and a few weeks ago that insider I know told me that the next several episodes were going to be really dark, not very funny. (I declined to mention to him that most of the series wasn't very funny, hence the low ratings, duh...) Well, last weeks episode showed seven months pregnant Jordan, repeatedly unable to feel the baby kick, having her boyfriend of all people use a prop stethescope to check for a heartbeat, and then at the end of the show she was hustled to the ER to get checked, all alone. Now, notwithstanding the dumb plot device, I know from last week's portrayal alone, that they are absolutely NOT going to be realistic at all.
In the next episode she is supposedly being sent into surgery for a c-section, has high blood pressure, and maybe the baby is still alive. But at 28 weeks+ if she couldn't feel the baby kick for an entire day even after drinking gallons of OJ, the likelihood of the baby making it is almost non-existent. If they had written Jordan saying, "I can hardly feel the baby kick, something feels wrong," it might make more sense. As it is now, I'm worried misinformation is being spread about a serious medical condition. In real life, if the baby was alive but in trouble, she'd be rushed into surgery in 15 minutes flat, and certainly would NOT have had time to change her clothes, wait for her boyfriend to come all the way to the hospital, discuss her career and the kidnapping of an employee's brother, and her love life, and be proposed to, plus complain about the diamond ring sizing.
I'm also thinking her mind would be on the baby?
So this story arc is going to continue for 3 episodes, and I guess these vultures are going to suck as much agony as they can out of this. Probably unlikely they consulted medical experts or organizations like the March of Dimes or the MISS Foundation. I'll bet NBC didn't even give a charitable contribution or promote the issue, or do a news story on the Missing Angels Bill, nothing. I hate it when the media uses tragedy as a hook to make cold hard cash, but doesn't actually want to help people; I always feel like a piece of used kleenex at the end, you know?
Completely irresponsible, but what can you expect from a network that let the The West Wing tell the world that getting the flu can kill someone with multiple sclerosis? They had to hustle to change that, reshooting the scene, and altering the episode on DVD and all broadcasted repeats after the MS community reacted with outrage. Awareness is great, but it has to be accurate. Medicine has enough myths and lies around it without adding more confusion.
This Thursday I'll be watching, and probably jeering while the Docs either deliver a gigantic screaming baby with no medical problems and a short perfunctory stay in a NICU, or a dead or dying baby who will be cried over briefly then promptly forgotten as Jordan continues talking about the "real" tragedy, the kidnapping of an employee's brother, a guy she's never met, but hey in TVland, the threat of death of a grown adult must always outrank the death or stillbirth of a baby. *eyeroll*
Edit that to: I'll be watching while drunk. I'm not sure I can watch this piece of crap sober.