wife to Jake, mommy to my 3 crazy munchkins, Lily (7), Jonah (5.5) and Kate (4). Taking this crazy blessed life one day at a time.

11.16.2012

Disappointment.


That is how many people are feeling about last night's episode of Grey's Anatomy. 

Many people that suffer from Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome are upset with the portrayal of  CVS on the show. 

CVS is not that mild. For some people, CVS is a beast and life altering. Kids miss so much school that they need to be home schooled. Adults can't hold a job, yet must struggle and fight the courts for disability. 

I will say that if Kate does have CVS, hers is mild compared to so many others that suffer from it. And I would say that Kate's is even much worse than it was on the show. In the show, it showed the patient vomit once, and then he was talking to the doctor. The reality is that the vomiting is constant. For some people it is so severe and painful that they can't even talk- they just can just lie down. Kate's vomiting is almost constant, maybe a break for a few minutes between vomiting, for hours. Not just vomiting here and there, with lots of time feeling fine in between.

So, I would just like to say that last night's show was NOT an accurate depiction of what patients with cyclic vomiting actually go through. But I will say that everyone has different levels of symptoms.

We are thankful that the show did get the same of cyclic vomiting out there, but now patients are afraid that family and friends are going to think that what they go through really isn't that bad and that they are over exaggerating things, which is NOT TRUE. 

But if there are people out there that are finally able to put a name to their illness and get treatment because of watching the show last night, then that is great and is one of the things we wanted to get out of this episode.

The show was about awareness.

Hopefully this is just the beginning of getting cyclic vomiting known to everyone!

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