I see the doctor tomorrow/today about my stay at the palliative respite. My bloodwork came back and beyond the anemia one test stood out, going three times the maximum. That result is an indication of A.A.N. thanks to a medical article found by Cheryl. So perhaps at last my GP will have the name and results he needs and give the nod for what he sent in a request for in the first place: a place where I can get counseling and a week’s respite with workers who are used to complex end life complications. Will wait and see. (hate that).
I’ve been watching some DVD sets, which helped with the physical pain. Overall, in watching, I am saddened to watch diversity and disability wiped out of the media. In season three Sheldon moves away from ausberger’s and toward the ‘geek’ factor, both in his back story and his weekly displays of passion. Even his love of his ‘seat’ is shown and explained as a form of greed: believing he deserves the best as he is superior to others. It was too bad as the show is now ‘Friends’ where no one seems to work and all must return to status quo. That’s not neurological diversity, that just a writer’s pool.
Of course that didn’t stop Linda from laughing hysterically behind her hands when I had to pause the show to explain the discrepancies, and the ‘dumbing down’ of the math/science to the point that it become inaccurate. It appears that she is fine to continue life without precision.
NCIS, while Abby is fun (there is an Abby T-shirt at Hot Topic) has a pretty horrific reputation for diversity. Gibbs walking up and shooting a trans person (in the middle of the forehead) for being trans at the ending of on episode gives you an idea of how the LGBT fare. There are gay military personnel driven out of the service or shown to be a shame. But suddenly, after eight years of this, Gibbs seems to care (I guess all that woodwork in his basement gave him some tolerance) and after pressure from above continues to label one case death by gay-beating.
Service personnel and others with physical and mental disabilities fare badly in the show. This surprised me because in Iraq and the other US conflicts in the REAL world, the increase of armor has the official counts of 20 people wounded to 1 killed. That is tens of thousands of disabled service personnel not including those with PTSD or other mental disabilities (though a fairly famous study showed up to 50% of those who were serving after a year had serious mental issues that needed addressing, like psychotic breaks). Back in 2011 NCIS, In episode three, a bomb expert Dempsey goes after a gang banger who had been arrested, served and made a deal, finally released to a farm. This person was the one who hit her brother (who is so much the ultimate victim/saint that they don’t list his job but that he ‘worked in a soup kitchen’ for the poor).
When they find Demsey, she has had the guy with a mercury switch bomb on his lap (if the mercury hits the end, it goes boom) and tied arms.
Dempsey (smiles) : Yeah, I wanted him to suffer. To feel a little bit of what my brother feels every day. Stuck in a chair. Constant Pain. Unable to do the simplest things without help. At the mercy of others.This, they think, is being ‘nice’ to us. Hey, they actually made others suffer so people can understand how we aren't full human being. Gee, thanks, except we meet the guy in rehab, and he has full arm use, hand use and, indeed, can cross his arms and gesture: if he was portrayed more realistically, would be in a manual but they put him in an electric to increase the ‘helpless’ image (a post soonab out why the wheelchair shown in media matters…as much as showing the persons’ face). If he wanted to go work a soup kitchen, they would welcome him.
She doesn’t get charged, as Gibbs puts it, “She’s a hero as far as I’m concerned.”
So the NCIS interpretation of the American Disabilities Act is that we are ‘Stuck in a chair’ and ‘at the mercy of others’, an 'other' needing to be rescued, but not interacted with – not exactly the equality of individuals. Indeed in a later episode Abby is threatened with mental disability or ‘madness!’ (as in, “That way madness lies!”). A poisoned brilliant young chemist is denigrated for having Bipolar early onset, her OCD routine and anxiety makes the team worried when Abby identifies with her. Because you don’t want to identify with madness, and is given several ‘interventions’ to stop her until Gibbs steps in to tell her to ignore the person, work the evidence.
We see both acceptance and a parallel when Abby finds K., which is a professor who she confided in and who saw her as a person, and would read Leaves of Grass with her, accepting her as she was, but also exploring how she was changing and growing. Everyone else is threatened into avoid the danger of looking too close to her as a person, for there does madness lie.
So could NCIS change for those who need accommodation for disabilities? No, they tend to go by the ‘one odd ball’ rule which both TV and corporations go by. Gibbs so far as to tell Abby she is the ‘mascot’ in the same way a dog is a mascot for Coast Guard ships. The next episode Agent Gibbs gives Abby a massage for several minutes on her leg and thigh for a muscle spasm. But in the same way he wouldn’t hire someone with MS. The biologist who died earlier was called ‘crazy’ by all members many times. But then, Abi has been the double standard for sexist behavior since the start of the show. While it was nice to see some of my clothes (she has the blue top with wings too) as much as I love her taste, the Giibbs/Abi relationship is way too hands on. Abi is always the victim/vulnerable yet brilliant cliché, which doesn’t stop me from finding her the best part of the show. But NCIS gets a FAILURE as being ADA compliant, as do the writers. Eight years to accept one dead gay guy? So, what, if we get to series 15 there might be someone with a disability?
I ended up re-watching Law and Order Criminal Mind season two so I could see Goren, whose OCD, and mother with known mental illness, who himself struggles to keep within the limits of what can be understood by others. Luckily he has a partner to help him express his mental diversity and help him stop also.
I’m off to sleep for the doctors. If you know a good series that accepts disabilities, let me know. Also one a little more….well in NCIS everyone up to the director and CIA director threatens people, while the one character who simply shoots people (Mike) is retired. I think of Life, written by one person who had not only mental diversity but a cop who simply did. He didn’t say with his breast all puffed out, “If HE doesn’t get you then I will!” He just survived, and broke a trachea without warning. Perhaps that is why it got cancelled.