Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Thank You, Dick Wolf & Chicago Med!!
Loved the November 24th episode of Chicago Med! They had a story about an older woman, believed to have dimentia, who turned out to have Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). In addition, they got the facts right! Sadly, it is true that eighty percent of NPH cases aren't diagnosed. They are most often written off as having Parkinson's, Alzheimer's or some form of dimentia, so they go untreated. No need to create drama where it naturally exists. Only wish they had shown the installation of the shunt. No one is perfect.
Another aspect of the story I loved was showing the woman on her way to living a full life afterwards. It was also great showing the spouse's side of things.
The only other show that has done an excellent job with telling a hydrocephalus story has been Gray's Anatomy (Thanks, Shonda Rhimes!). Showing us not 'suffering' with our condition, but living full lives is always something to be embraced and celebrated.
Last Saturday's meeting was great. It was small, with some members being out of town early for the holiday. We talked about what is going on with us this month. We also had a conference call with one out of town member. Another topic of discussion was ideas for the 2016 Brain Awareness event. That is tentitively going to be in March, 2016.