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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

House Blogging

At the end of tonight's episode of House, Dr. Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) confronts Dr. House about his addiction to pain pills, contending that House is miserable, and that the pills have something to do with it. House responds that he IS miserable but it's not the pills.

Most people would see this as an addict's cop-out, but it strikes a completely different nerve with me. Those of us who live with chronic pain understand that living with pain means making choices, and that frequently those choices mean being pain free at the expense of living the life you were accustomed to. Of course House is miserable. He's chained to a cane he resents with every fiber of his being. Duh. He's right, he's an addict, but that's NOT his problem, right or wrong.

On another note, why is it that Dr. Foreman always get to take the trip to the patient's house for something resembling vandalism?

This is absolutely the best new show in a long time.

4 Comments:

At Tuesday, February 15, 2005 10:40:00 PM, Blogger Jeremy said...

I've yet to watch House...but I've been told it's really good. Doesn't it come on during Scrubs though? Or something like that...

 
At Wednesday, February 16, 2005 2:02:00 AM, Blogger Ith said...

Okay, "Science Chick" :) tell me about the diagnosis. I had a horrible experience with termites once, so I'm phobic... does that sort of thing happen for real?

And as far as the addiction -- I thought they did a great job of portraying it. If you're in severe pain all the time, what are you supposed to do?

 
At Wednesday, February 16, 2005 10:54:00 AM, Anonymous Mythilt said...

Ith, my sister has had to deal with severe wrist pain for about the last 11 years. Tendons in both wrists are shredded and she can't use her hands for many things, driving for more than 10 minutes for instance.
Basically, there isn't much you can do really. Even the pain pills aren't much good. Best you can do is try not to let it turn you into a pessimistic doom and gloomer.

 
At Thursday, February 17, 2005 12:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

in one of the first episodes of House, House sends Forman to a patient's home (i think it was the woman who had trichonosis). Forman asks him why he is suppossed to go and House says something to the effect that he should know how to break into a house. then there was some discussion about House hiring him because he has street smarts or something and they refer to a juvenile convection in Forman's past.

 

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