In my job, I work with a lot of the 18-24 demographic, and I blame my latest struggle on them. I’ll admit it – I am completely addicted to One Tree Hill.
I started watching late last season (or this season – it’s hard to tell with the strike). Furthering the addiction was the fact that Best Buy had the season DVDs on sale during Christmas for an amazing price (reg. $48.99 – sale $19.99!). I have been slowly making it through the previous seasons, and wow it makes the new stuff make a lot more sense.
Anyway, last night I watched a ‘very special episode’ involving a school shooting. A few of the students were being held hostage in one of the classrooms. After a few hours, they noticed that one of the girls was not looking good. Pale, fatigued, etc. They looked down at her wrist and she had a medical bracelet on. Guess what?
Diabetic. They asked her where her insulin was and when was the last time she had taken it (that morning). The gunman felt bad for her and let her out of the room to go get her insulin and escape to safety.
In the commentary, the director mentioned that the actress playing the part said that she researched diabetes and when she ran away from the room for her escape she said she was going to ‘run funny’ like she didn’t have control over her muscles.
While I appreciate the extra ‘effort’, it made me wonder if we have ever seen a character who had diabetes integrated into a normal storyline. Has there ever been a diabetic main character on a show who lived like we do – mostly normal :).
Or are we just for dramatic effect?