By ANYSA728 Latest Reply 2014-03-19 05:57:14 -0500
Started 2014-03-18 10:47:23 -0500

So I saw it AGAIN! I got hooked watching "The Wahlberg's" one snowy morning and I saw Donnie Wahlberg working on Blue Bloods. So I decided to give it a try. In the first episode, Donnie is a cop (in a family of cops and lawyers) and is on a race to find a kidnapped little girl. Aside from all the horrors that could befall her, she is also a Diabetic that, and I quote (with liberty) needs an insulin shot every 24 hours. If she doesn't have it, she could die!!!! I'm guessing she could die, like, immediately because Donnie kept asking what time it was, and how much time they have left.
WHY!!!… is diabetes always portayed so freaking innacurately. Isn't it enough that the media makes us out to be over-weight, lazy-butts, that aren't allowed to eat even a piece of candy??? I mean, is it done deliberately or out of stupidity???

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GabbyPA 2014-03-19 05:57:14 -0500 Report

Sensationalism, that is what it boils down to. This is why there is so much misunderstanding out there in the public. Shows like this make me crazy. I'm sure the inaccuracies are portrayed in other forms just as well, but we don't know it because we don't have personal experience with things.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-18 13:55:06 -0500 Report

Think about it, you are watching a tv program that would not be interesting without the drama, and suspense. Hollywood DOES NOT have to be accurate. in fact it really doesn't matter. I use to watch ER religiously, none of what they did on the show was real. Who goes into the ER, gets put on a transplant list and has the transplant 20 minutes later? The key is having the ability to separate entertainment from reality. They really are not portraying diabetes in a bad light people with it know it isn't accurate and people without it probably don't care or if they do care know fact from fiction.

It is done for ENTERTAINMENT purposes only. I mean who pays attention to that except people who think that everything they see on television is real. They have to make the story lines interesting to keep people hooked.

Look at all the CSI shows. People sit on juries thinking police forensics is as see on tv. They think police departments have all that expensive technology and can solve a case in a matter of minutes.

They did this deliberately to make the show interesting. If the child was kidnapped found and gotten the shot in the first 5 minutes of the show, the show would have been over.

ANYSA728 2014-03-18 16:18:41 -0500 Report

I'm not losing any sleep over it or anything but I was actually watching on my iPAD on the train home and it was all I could do not to holler at the Donnie and the rest of his stupid police family. Needless to say, not watching the show ever again no matter how much I used to love New Kids on the Block. lol.
I will say this though…when I meet new people that I'll be working with or new family members, or even my younger nephews, they'll ask about my diabetes and what should they do if I start acting strange or pass out … and I kid you not, they always thing that they should give me insulin. At least Sally Field and Julia Roberts got that one part right! "just pour orange juice down my throat!"

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-18 19:56:36 -0500 Report

Growing up, the one thing our parents always told us as kids that just because you see it on tv doesn't make it real. We never jumped off the roof pretending to be Superman and we never hit each other over the head with frying pans like Tom and Jerry.

If you teach kids that today they would not believe what they say on television. Teach them what to look for and what to do should you need help. Who cares is Sally Field or Julia Roberts got it right. In fact they were not right at all because I can never have orange juice for a low. My body absorbs the sugar too fast.

Since the beginning of time, people have associated Diabetes with taking insulin. People have to stop associating what they see on television with reality. As a former EMT, I have seen things done medically that I know isn't right. It is entertainment, nothing more or nothing less.

jayabee52 2014-03-18 13:34:07 -0500 Report

Howdy Any
I have given up on getting any truth out of Hollywood types. And whether it is deliberately or out of stupidity (or are they delibrately stupid?) It really matters little.

The story line that you related was probably done deliberately because the real truth about diabetes would not be able to generate the suspense needed for the show.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

IronOre 2014-03-18 13:00:05 -0500 Report

is it done deliberately or out of stupidity??? (or for drama ?)
sometimes deliberately ? even people with diabetes like the empathy they get from people because they have it ~ I just hate that
stupidity ? it doesn't take a brainiac to write a Hollywood script ~ I think this reason takes the lead
Drama ? I think so, and where there is drama there is money.

One of the reasons that I don't go hog-wild telling everybody that I am T1 diabetic is because of empathy that I can get from them, and I really don't want that. I have a great life.

It appears that I don't like the same things that you do.
Even in a web site like this, you read all sorts of inaccurate nonsense about the tough life of being a diabetic

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