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1st-Feb-2011 09:29 pm
Everything hurts/Doesn't work
So hey, any of the rest of you go "w00t!" when your illnesses show up on House?
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2nd-Feb-2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Wait, wasn't that the one where she had a tick up her hoo-ha?
2nd-Feb-2011 02:32 am (UTC)

Celiac disease episode?
2nd-Feb-2011 02:33 am (UTC)
This time, yeah.

I also cheer for realistic complex partial seizures. It's not always tonic-clonic!
2nd-Feb-2011 02:37 am (UTC)
Tell me the episode season/number for temporal lobe seizures, and I'll totally look it up. I've actually been having fun exploring TLE in pop culture (going back centuries) in the last couple of months since diagnosis...:)

I am not a number! I am a plot device with a diagnostic label! :)

2nd-Feb-2011 02:40 am (UTC)
Several! Would have to look 'em up. But yeah, I like that we see TLE; we usually don't on TV because it's less visually dramatic.
2nd-Feb-2011 02:42 am (UTC)
I have gotten a kick out of the number of times stem cell transplants have been discussed as a possible cure recently. My dad had one in June of 2008 for non-Hodgkins lymphoma...I can't imagine them pulling one off in a day or less. It was a 6+ month process before the transplant for my dad.

Edited at 2011-02-02 02:42 am (UTC)
2nd-Feb-2011 04:48 am (UTC)
I can't tell you the number of people who were not interested in becoming stem cell donors specifically because they saw a specific episode of House that spooked them, despite being told solid facts.

I still bear a grudge against that show as much as I love Hugh Laurie.
2nd-Feb-2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
When I tell people my dad had a stem cell transplant I still get a lot of mystified looks. People seem to default to embryonic stem cells when they hear the phrase and when I explain its more like a bone marrow transplant they jump straight to the drilling a hole in the hip imagery (A very vivid picture in my head thanks to Lurlene McDaniel books). So then I have to explain that it's like platelet donations or a blood transfusion.

It gets exhausting. It does look like it will be used for a wider variety of things in the future, especially if the one they did on an HIV patient holds.
3rd-Feb-2011 04:57 am (UTC)
70% of donors give via PBSC, but the person who donated to my brother had a marrow extraction from their hip. I'm glad they got the facts and didn't use the info from word of mouth and media. Jumping to another series, Gray's Anatomy had such an erroneous depiction of marrow extraction from the hip, I had people walking away from me who didn't even want to know how it really worked. Very nerve-wracking when you can put a face to the person who needs a donor. Don't get me started on Jodi Picoult. Grrr.

The transplant on the HIV patient is amazing, and I hope it leads to new discoveries. I'm not celebrating yet. As it is, it is estimated there are about 1% of Northern Europeans are completely immune to HIV, and about 10% with a partial resistance. A stem cell patient would need a family member or anonymous donor with both the immunity AND the right HLA profile. At the moment, that won't be too many people, and then there is the consideration the majority of people aren't even registered.
2nd-Feb-2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I don't think I've seen spina bifida or hydrocephalus on House, but it would be cool if they appeared.
2nd-Feb-2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Seconding the "it would be cool if hydrocephalus appeared" thing! I think I've heard it mentioned on a show before, not House though...maybe an old episode of ER??
2nd-Feb-2011 03:43 am (UTC)
Could be.
2nd-Feb-2011 04:55 am (UTC)
I love seeing you guys here! I saw a kid with hydrocephalus on Grey's Anatomy at least once.
2nd-Feb-2011 05:17 am (UTC)
That's cool. Don't think I caught that, but I don't watch that show very often.
2nd-Feb-2011 03:26 am (UTC)
Have they ever done PCOS? I'm guessing they wouldn't because, not so life-threatening.

And I shudder to think what they may have done with bipolar.

I did w00t! when I called the pregnancy implanted on the intestines because I knew about it from mpreg fanfic.
2nd-Feb-2011 03:31 am (UTC) - Well ....
Since I have SLE, more commonly known as Lupus ... My disease has become a running joke (in the nicest way) on House.

But if one more person quotes to me "But it's never Lupus, except when it is ..." I may scream!
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2nd-Feb-2011 06:15 pm (UTC) - Re: Well ....
I am sorry about the loss of your friend, I know it's not a "funny" illness. But I honestly don't take it personally because I refuse to let it get to me.
I am very lucky to have it mildly enough at this time to just have limitations but not disabilities in/to my life.
And yes, they absolutely did handle the real lupus case well. (For House, anyway)
2nd-Feb-2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Oh, did I ever.

I don't even watch House regularly, but I watched one episode just because John Laroquette was in it, then got the unexpected and kind of weird thrill of a lifetime when Hugh Laurie said "ragged red fibers".
2nd-Feb-2011 03:40 am (UTC)
I don't generally watch House but I agree that would be an inducement.

That said, asthma is pretty humdrum & pernicious anemia is rarely fatal these days (despite the historic reasons for the name).
2nd-Feb-2011 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm really pleased to say that I've got nothing, to my knowledge, that House would be interested in.
2nd-Feb-2011 08:33 am (UTC)
Me too! But if they ever have an episode where someone keeps falling asleep everytime the sun goes behind a cloud, let me know. (Apparently I get my energy from solar cells, but the NiCd battery they feed into has a dodgy connection... =:o\ )
2nd-Feb-2011 05:18 am (UTC)
Never had lupus.
2nd-Feb-2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
It's never lupus! :)

(Except that one time.)
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2nd-Feb-2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
Aside from some mild allergies and lower back problems, I don't have any chronic diseases, but I do get a mild kick sometimes when a disease or drug I've read up on at work appears on a hospital show. Most recent was an episode of (guilty pleasure) Royal Pains, when a guy mentioned hyperhidrosis, and I knew right away that his problem would be botulism (because excessive sweating is sometimes treated with botox). It's even funnier when they get it wrong (I still remember the ER in which Weaver talks about "gastroesophageal reflEx disease").

But this stuff rarely happens on House, because (a) they do their research, and (b) there's no advertising budget for drugs that treat rare diseases.
2nd-Feb-2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
I don't remember what the episode was, but I do remember hearing a symptom picture on House and saying to my BF "it's probably ____________" and having that be the correct diagnosis.
2nd-Feb-2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
One of my illnesses (addiction) is a major plot point, and the other (depression) is so common that it'd be pretty boring by the show's standards. Also, I've only seen a few episodes, and that was during the Xmas marathon a couple months ago.

But I do go "w00t" when I see addicts/recovering addicts on TV, especially when it's just another part of the character's history (The Closer comes to mind)
3rd-Feb-2011 12:50 am (UTC)
My genetic anomaly was on a Will and Grace. Don't know about House.
3rd-Feb-2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
When Foreman had pancreatitis and was laying in bed screaming, I mostly thought "Pull it together man! It's not -that- bad."
3rd-Feb-2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
okay that's really weird. I'm watching House, and something I have is on it! quite a coincidence after this post, but definitely w00t-worthy.
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