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May 1st, 2014
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Thoughts on Watching House While Recuperating
House, MD, which I never saw when it was on television, has come to Netflix. I'm home with a broken leg and have been binge watching. I'm in the middle of Season 2. Some thoughts/questions/comments:

- Vicodin is good stuff, but I can't imagine how he can work while taking those. I can barely keep my eyes open when I do.
- Why do House and Wilson never refer to Wilson's wife by name? I get that she and House don't get along, but presumably he knows her name. And it's really not usual for someone to say "my wife" rather than a name when talking to his best friend.
- I definitely see the slash potential in House/Wilson that got everyone interested in the first place.
- In the first season they tried for lots of dramatic medical scenes but nothing disgusting. The patients were always seizing or having heart attacks or falling down unconscious. But they avoided vomiting (unless it was blood, which is more dramatic than disgusting) or diarrhea and the surgery was always very carefully filmed to avoid looking too gross. By the second season either they felt they had their audience sold and could take more risks, wanted to make it look more realistic, or both. There are plenty of disgusting stuff coming out of the patients, and you get to see someone's hand cut off, too.
- I really like all the characters, and find the stories engaging. I'm willing to suspend disbelief as needed.
- I've started wondering if I really have a broken leg. Maybe I just think I have a broken leg and I really have something much more complex and subtle to diagnose...

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From:lilacsigil
Date:May 2nd, 2014 08:26 am (UTC)
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Opiates have vastly different effects on people - if I take hydrocodone (the opiate part of Vicodin - we don't have Vicodin here) I go to sleep for about 30 minutes and then it wears off. Some people can take one and it lasts for hours, some people don't get the sleepy effect at all. I've seen patients take doses that would kill an opiate-naive person stone dead and still be perfectly awake and coherent and able to pass a driving test!

I really liked seasons 1,2 and 4 of House, but wandered away after that. Have you seen the Polite Dissent episode reviews written by a doctor? They're a lot of fun!

I hope your broken leg is not giving you too much pain!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 3rd, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Good point on people reacting to meds differently. Thanks for the reference to Polite Dissent! I hadn't known of it and I love it.

My leg hurts primarily when I'm going up and down stairs a lot, or trying to walk places. Here in Brooklyn the sidewalks are really bumpy.
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From:mofic
Date:May 3rd, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
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That was actually me. I forgot to log in.
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From:lunabee34
Date:May 2nd, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
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I hope your leg heals quickly!
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From:mofic
Date:May 3rd, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:eveningblue
Date:May 2nd, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
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- I've started wondering if I really have a broken leg. Maybe I just think I have a broken leg and I really have something much more complex and subtle to diagnose...

Ha! Yes, this is the trouble with House. No good for a hypochondriac like me.

I hope your leg heals well!
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From:mofic
Date:May 3rd, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Do you ever read the New Yorker medical mystery articles? House reminds me a bit of them.
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From:cherrypin_up
Date:May 3rd, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
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Just remember, it's (almost) never Lupus. ;)

I hope you heal well. Did they give you an estimate of how long you'll be laid up?
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From:mofic
Date:May 3rd, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
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I've heard that about lupus. I also notice they seem to mention sarcoidosis a lot but no one ever has it.

You can tell when they have the right diagnosis by the time. They get it right just before the last commercial, at about 10 minutes before the end.
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From:kuriadalmatia
Date:May 3rd, 2014 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Get better soon!

Vicodin was a mixed bag for me. Some days, it felt like I took absolutely nothing, while other days, it knocked me right out.

When I was prescribed Tramadol for all my foot surgeries, I would sleep for an hour and then be wide away.

As for House... I stopped watching after the first half-season, despite enjoying Hugh Laurie as an actor. It just seemed so predictable. I was told that, much like Agents of Shield, it got better as the series progressed but I don't have the patience for shows that much anymore.

Cheers!
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From:mofic
Date:May 3rd, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
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It definitely is predictable, down to knowing just when they'll come up with the right answer. But I like the characters and the interplay and by having a different patient each week, you get more opportunities for exploring character.

Thanks for the good wishes on the broken leg!
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From:hitchhiker
Date:May 7th, 2014 03:41 am (UTC)
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hope your leg heals soon!
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From:mofic
Date:May 8th, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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