Thursday, September 18, 2014
Red Band Society
Like many in the chronic illness community, I was interest in the upcoming series and watched in during their 100 hour free web promotion a few weeks ago and I was not impressed. Most of the community is disgusted that the producers would make a show about teenager living in the the hospital. This definitely makes the hospital seem more glamorous as it is. The hospital rooms are gigantic and so modernized. That does not happen in a real hospital. Yes there are exceptions to that statement, however that's just not true. Another note where are the IV poles that follow you around 24.7 connected to your body running into your veins. The one and only medical device is a heart monitor. You never ever get one ounce of freedom in the hospital someone is always following and watching you whether it's your parents, nurse, techs, doctors, and child life. Socialization is kept to a bare minimum in the hospitals due to HIPPA laws but these teenagers are allowed to walk into a patients room and do whatever they want. Why do these kids do drugs, smoke, drink, and other illegal substances knowing they are already sick and they are putting themselves at an even great risk by letting poison run through their body. People already stereotype chronically ill teenagers and now this is making things worse. They look at us like we are drug addicts because well some chronically ill teens on tv was doing it so it much be like that for everyone. How does one get enough energy to go running in the halls when they are very sick? I am pretty sure most children who are inpatient on the pediatric ward including myself feel so sick they can't do anything because their bodies are just so beat up! The one boy who has Cystic Fibrosis a genetic lung/digestive condition is never out of breath lots of energy and no oxygen and where is the picc line or portacath for IVs taken two weeks at a time. I have several friends on the transplant list who need organs now and they are on oxygen 24.7. They are just so sick which is rare that this boy is able to do anything while waiting for new lungs. I highly doubt anyone will ever be willing to change it but it is just weird for those of us in the chronic illness community. There is a WashingtonPost about the show and one statements from it was how we seem to have a theme every year for what types of TV shows we watch and 2014 seems to the be the year of sick and dying teenagers with shows including The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, Red Band Society and others. While I can look past some of these flaws in the television series by Fox I can't watch them use inaccuracies that hurt us based on society's predetermined judgement of chronically ill teens.