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Why is there a gay couple in every show I’m watching?!

Oh yeah, this will rev up the readers… well, all 4 of them. I know my lack of viewing audience, people aren’t necessarily sharing me and I can’t say I blame them. Never know what’s going to come out of my mouth… sometimes *I* don’t even know!!!

So hubby and I watch 4 different shows every night/week for dinner. It scrolls between Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow (all “super hero/comic” type shows). We watched Legends a while ago, has female to female devotion. Love? Action? It’s not like there’s sex on the screen, just like you’d see any other love seen, kissing, a little grabbing, etc. At the time I thought “Ok, so, catering to the fan boys that will like that I guess?” 2016

Then we started watching Arrow and liked it. Still do. Happened a little later in the series but have one of the characters talk about his husband. That received a little “Huh” from me. 2015

Had a little “sneak preview” while watching Legends to see one of the other series have two lesbians get together after one of the ladies’ sister told her to be honest with her self. Good advice but still… ok.

It was finally on the Flash with the police chief going on about the wedding and lunch plans with his fiance, and him being picky, etc, that I think I finally thought “Why is there a gay couple in each of these shows?”

I had that thought a few more times over the times we’ve watched all of them… months this has been happening. Not really aggravated by it, only mildly “annoyed” in that it would catch my attention for something that was really a side line… and then it hit me. Today as I was watching Arrow, again there was discussion about the “husband” and I thought “Why does this keep coming up? Who cares?.” And yes, that’s when I finally said it to myself.

What wouldn’t three be a gay/lesbian couple? Who cares about any of the relationships? We have A kissing B or B kissing And that’s just waved off as normal. Doesn’t even get noticed by us. But now A is kissing A and brains are thinking “Why are they focusing on this? Goodness, they’re just trying to push into everything!”.

And I’m guilty of it too. This does make me feel ashamed. But it also shows me that it’s not always the act itself (and I know the idea of the act is big for some/a bunch of people), but for us “We don’t care, enjoy” folks… it’s a jar to our normal way of things. Changing the way things are, even if it’s just a matter of including something that shouldn’t be a big deal and that “we” don’t get mad or even annoyed about, is annoying in that it’s changed our viewing of programs. What used to be “simple” is a different kind of “simple”.

So, we’re trying. We’re not being “nasty” when we ask why there are more of the “LGBTQ+” on our TV shows and in our movies. It might not be that we’re annoyed at it happening. It could be we’re just not used to seeing it as “normal every day life”. It’s like getting Kraft Mac and Cheese and the box is now red instead of blue. Same thing, same ingredients, same stuff, but it looks different and it jars us out of our shopping routine.

It’ll get there. It’s just going to take some time. Be patient with us.

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MS treatment update

As it’s just easier to get it all out there at once, here’s the scoop. If you haven’t read the previous MS update, it’s right here: Holiday stress and other fun things.

So, onto the update. We went to the neurologist today, after a second JC Virus test was higher than the first (.49 for the first, .57 for the second. These are “titers”, showing how many anti-bodies my system has created to fight the virus). She wants to take me off of the Tysabri, which has been given by infusion every 4 weeks, and change me to Tecfidera, which is a pill taken twice a day. She feels this is a safer option, and the fact that I’ve been on the Tysabri for a year and a half and just now gotten a positive is normal and should cause no problems. Also, the heavier treatment of the Tysabri should have gotten the MS more under control and going down to the Tecfidera should pose no problems for me. And the concern of the JC Virus is lessened, but they will be checking my white blood cell count (I forget the name she actually used for it, but am using the information she gave me for the white blood cell info).

This will mean I’ll have a lapse in treatment of about 4 weeks. I won’t start the new medication until about 8 weeks from now (and had my last infusion on Friday). There are some side effect to be aware of, but nothing that I haven’t dealt with before with other medications.

I, of course, worry that I’ll start having problems, but I trust this doctor. And I definitely DO NOT want to risk PML. There is some risk of that with this medication as well, but it seems like it’s less, and easier to keep an eye on. Which is good… I don’t need to turn what little brain matter I do have into mush! 😉 Unfortunately, it also means another pill to remember in the morning… which I’m not good at. I’ll have to just have some on me so when I remember after I’ve gotten to work, I can take it then.

On a side note, tomorrow (January 11) I will be having an epidural for my herniated disk that we had to wait for almost a year to find out about (mind, part of that was my fault, but the insurance company would have rather had me jump through hoops rather than do an MRI like my doctor wanted. It would have cost them less if they’d just done the MRI… now it costs them a bunch of PT visits and then the MRI. 😛 ) That has me a little concerned as well, as I just don’t know what to expect. But I’ll find out tomorrow! Hopefully it’ll just mean less pain and more ability to be on my feet without having my left leg hurting.

So, that’s the current state of things. I will update more when I have more to update. Until then, here’s an adorable (albeit slightly blurry) picture of Ruiny getting one of her many bathes from her big sister/mom, Guin. <3

Ruiny getting a bath from Guin. This is every day... multiple times a day.

Ruiny getting a bath from Guin. This is every day… multiple times a day.

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