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  1. Khürt Williams
    Khürt Williams December 17, 2009 at 10:45 am | | Reply

    I like the show so far but I did cringe a bit when they showed Owen taking the shot right before going on a hike. Was it his fast acting or slow acting insulin? Did he eat and forget to take his insulin and was just “catching up”? Well, no… later in the hospital Owen admits to his wife that he SKIPPED BREAKFAST. So what the heck was the insulin for?

  2. Babscampbell
    Babscampbell December 17, 2009 at 10:50 am | | Reply

    I had a real problem with this character’s D-story. He gave himself insulin in the car, on the way to the hike, no food, no food prospects, and then went hiking and passed out. I too, think this was added to the story line for a bit of drama, however, not really plausible. His dad mentions how embarrassed he is by him giving himself injections at his desk. Ray Romano’s character turns away when Owen prepares the injection. Owen is either a very irresponsible diabetic, with no support from his friends and family or just a guy with no clue and no support.
    We’ve decided after episode 2, it’s just too darned depressing to watch.

  3. riva
    riva December 17, 2009 at 11:36 am | | Reply

    I too find the show a downer from watching a bit of the first episode. And it’s a great question why producers bring a character with diabetes on board and then handle it like it doesn’t matter that they’re clueless.

    Does anyone remember when the show ‘Brothers & Sisters’ gave actress Rachel Griffith’s daughter type 1? (Rachel plays brunette Sarah, the head of Oji foods.) We saw one shot of glucose testing and a syringe and then never ever heard or saw anything about it again. For all purposes you would have assumed she was cured!

  4. Dave
    Dave December 17, 2009 at 12:04 pm | | Reply

    @KKhurt and @Bob. You’re conflating two different scenes. In the first scene, Owen takes insulin but they never get to hiking because of the possum thing. In that opening scene we have no reason to believe Owen didn’t have a normal breakfast.

    Later, they do actually get to hiking after Owen has been dressed down by his father for being “embarassing.” This is now a totally different day, and we don’t ever see 1) whether Owen took insulin and 2) we learn later that he didn’t eat. Obviously this was because he was feeling ashamed from his father’s embarassment of him. So he didn’t take care of himself, and he also pushes himself on the hike too much and collapses.

    I don’t know where they’re going with this angle of his character but so far I think it makes sense and they’ve done a good job realistically portraying a diabetic who is in denial about it. It’s a show about midlife and obviously this is a part of his life that Owen isn’t dealing with well.

  5. Anne Findlay
    Anne Findlay December 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm | | Reply

    just think of how all the physicians, lawyers and forensic scientists must feel when watching TV these days!!

  6. Lauren K
    Lauren K December 17, 2009 at 11:14 pm | | Reply

    30 Rock, one of my all time favorite shows, has been guilty of this as well, when they portrayed one of the characters as ridiculous for claiming that an unhealthy diet didn’t cause diabetes. The show then made the assertion that diabetes was synonymous with imminent limb amputation, AND in another episode conflated type 1 juvenile diabetes with type 2 diabetes (a parent felt guilty for “giving” the child insulin-dependent diabetes by not preparing healthy meals, letting the kid drink sugary sodas, etc). Hard for me to watch.

    Those of us who are type 1 are on our own. That is the biggest lesson to me of the past 2 years — no one is going to “get it,” so stop expecting any sort of understanding. Just take care of yourself, because you’re the only one who ultimately cares about your disease.

    I don’t even expect doctors, including endocrinologists, to understand what type 1 diabetes is, so to expect understanding from writers on a cable TV show is hopeless endeavor.

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  8. Amanda
    Amanda December 23, 2009 at 9:19 am | | Reply

    Although annoying, i’m less upset by portrayals of diabetes in obviously fictional shows.

    I was actually far more upset by the scene in TLC’s Little Chocolatiers that implied that a woman didn’t get a job at the chocolate shop because she had diabetes and couldn’t eat their chocolate! To add insult to injury, it was cut in such a way that it would make it seem FUNNY that she couldn’t eat chocolate because she was diabetic.

  9. Nic
    Nic December 30, 2009 at 1:38 am | | Reply

    What about Prison Break where the main character takes insulin even though he doesn’t have diabetes!

  10. Trish
    Trish January 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm | | Reply

    I too was upset watching this episode. The dad acts like he should be ashamed for having to give himself an insulin shot. I have also seen the 30 Rock episodes and have cringed. Ironically I heard Tracy Morgan does have diabetes and this was written for him.

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