Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Gawker

That's me. I confess, I can't look away when I see something out of the ordinary. I stare at car wrecks and usually thank my lucky stars it wasn't me, but first I stare and not from a caregiver's perspective. When I walk down the halls of a hospital, I can't help looking in the rooms. Maybe we can give that one to training as we're all taught to watch all patients, but still, I could be more discreet.

Tonight I watched a marathon of Hoarders, and while I personally find these kinds of shows distasteful, I don't stop watching. Can't. I'm amazed by how much crap one or two people can jam into their lives and wonder how they come to this--and then go on national tv and show the world. I think a part of me, while personally appalled, is secretly relieved that my dust bunnies hardly compare to the nightmare these hoarders live with. I felt compelled to get up and start going through my stuff to whittle things down. Don't worry, the feeling passed as soon as I changed the channel.

The other train wreck I can't seem to get enough of avoid is the Charlie Sheen debacle. Nope. Can't get enough.

I marvel at his madness and simply have to stop and gawk.


SkippyMom said...

Trainwreck thy name is Charlie Sheen.

I told another Tadpole that it was a shame that he is now the poster child for bi polar disorder. He has set the mental health care members back by 20 years.

It is sad and disturbing.

And I can't watch Hoarders. It makes me ill. I have never met anyone like that. Eek.

Oh, wait - my first husband's father was JUST like that. I guess I momentarily erased that memory.


Gail said...

I have watched hoarders and it was horrible. I have not done a repeat viewing. A good lesson of it's all in the perspective...I thought I had too much stuff!

unmitigated me said...

I'm thinking bi polar as well, me and my G.D. (Google Doctorate). What was that show? Clean Sweep? I used to like that for the before and afters. Hoarders smacks too much of vermin to me.

Anonymous said...

I am not so certain Hoarders is real. My guess is it's filmed on a Hollywood set - they just replace the garbage for the different shows. It is not possible to live with that much garbage in a home. Secondly, do hoarders have agents and are they paid for their t.v. appearances? Trust me, it is staged. The hoarders are union actors.

Finding Pam said...

Hoarders freeks me out to watch. My sister is a hoarder. I can't begin to totally understand it.

Charlie Sheen is in real trouble and has been for years. I pray that when this manic stage is over that he will get help. Of course he has to want help. Otherwise I am afraid that he will do harm to himself.

sapphireblue said...

I love to watch hoarders! There's also that animal hoarding show on Animal Planet. Just love it. OMG! One episode of Hoarders someone had human waste that was hoarded.

The Bug said...

I've never watched hoarders, but just thinking about it makes me want to do some serious spring cleaning. Why, that might be on my agenda for this weekend :)

Poor Charlie Sheen. And his dad was SUCH a good president. Sigh.

Brenda said...

I didn't see the interview or show that he did and I can't find it on the internet....sites are too busy or something. I did like the show 2 1/2 men...mainly because of their maid. She is funny. I hope he gets the help he needs. From what little I have heard about all the talk is that he has a drug/drinking problem which turns you into someone you are not...or a bi-polar person that changes who you really are. I am sounding like I am an expert or something...which I am obviously not. I have known people who have these illnesses though. Hopefully he can get the medical attention he needs.

Devon said...

I had a patient who could be on the hoarders show. She had a huge home in the middle of a beautiful forrest... floor to ceiling windows. It was so jam packed with stuff, halls even had piles... I had to do my physical exam standing next to her wheelchair by the front door.

So sad, these people are surely as mentally ill as Charlie Sheen!

jeannette said...

Once I watched (I was bored, okay?) an Oprah show where hoarders were helped to get rid of their stuff. It was amazing!
Looking into rooms of patients is to me a different matter -it kind of belongs to your job to make sure things are okay -especially the floor you're working on!

Sandy said...

I watch Hoarders too, but I've lost the night they are on - I need to look up the programming on a guide because I've lost them....whine.

I love that show..

also animal hoarders on animal planet.