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  1. pdlinda

    S07.E11: Jeanne's Story

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    S07.E11: Jeanne's Story

    As there are no children in the home, I do not believe they make house calls. I believe Jeanne has to be re-certified every few years to continue in the system; however, that would be done through her visiting her doctor. I recall her saying that her condition had deteriorated significantly in recent months so perhaps when here next MD re-cert appt was scheduled and she needed medical transport to get to the office, maybe a red flag would be raised to get a home healthcare worker into the home. HOWEVER, again, as there are no children in the home (and they, I presume, own the home) no outside agency would be permitted on the premises without the permission of the owners.
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    S07.E11: Jeanne's Story

    I wonder how they recruit people for the show??? Who, and under what circumstances, did someone from Jeanne's family (maybe church) contact the producers??? Everything about the episode highlighted the family situation which was DIRE on every level. I'm unclear what the person who referred Jeanne for this world-wide exposure was trying to accomplish. Maybe "shock therapy""??? Further, I'm unclear about why, after understanding the invasion of the family's living space (complete with graphic, disgusting scenes of living conditions and personal hygiene) they decided it was a good idea to be on the show.
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    S08.E11: My Little Secret

    AJ mentioned being involved in a SERIOUS (life threatening) motorcycle accident some years ago. I believe he mentioned that he sustained a head injury (TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). I worked with sufferers of these types of injuries for many years and his erratic and other behavioral traits are often seen in these types of patients. These types of injuries manifest throughout a person's life. I wonder if AJ is still involved in neuro treatment? I wonder if if EVER engaged in treatment? I also wonder if the accident was ever charged and/or whether personal injury lawyers were ever involved. One thing I know for sure: Alcohol consumption for that type of injury is usually NOT ADVISED.
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    S07.E10: Destinee's Story

    I was surprised at her choice of casual clothing that didn't seem to reflect any recognition and/or awareness of the vision she was presenting to the world. I understand she is completely free to dress any way she chooses. However, those observing her are just as free to comment on her choice of clothing.
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    S07.E10: Destinee's Story

    I agree. In most states a driver has to be 18 to drive. I thought the sis looked older than 18. I also noticed that Des was driving without wearing shoes??? Bare feet? Is that even safe? Glad trip was accomplished safely!
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    S07.E08: Maja's Story

    I was thinking she may have considered a wheelchair but maybe thought she wouldn't fit in it??? In truth, a standard sized wheelchair would be too narrow for her and who knows how many airlines have over sized wheelchairs. A reasonable assumption would be that if you can't fit in one airline seat you're too big to fly; even assuming a passenger would have to convert two seats to one that probably wouldn't justify the airline spending a lot of $$$ on a custom sized wheelchair because the demand simply isn't there.
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    S07.E08: Maja's Story

    Most of the parents (mostly mothers but also fathers and/or other close family members) are obese themselves, so that type of eating is, apparently, what was modeled for them. As far as the funds to buy all the food, most heavily caloric starchy/sugar/highly processed foods are from the "middle aisles" of the market that are available in bulk and are less expensive...very few fresh produce items or fresh proteins. I think a lot of the junk carb snacks might be in clearance status (day old stuff).
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    S07.E08: Maja's Story

    Why didn't she request a wheelchair????? They are available to all those who are disabled.
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    S07.E08: Maja's Story

    As a result of that very valid list of adjectives describing Maja, I was curious regarding WHY Christian hooked up with her in the first place!! I believe I recall him saying he was drawn to her for her kindness and sense of humor (am I imagining this????). Christian has a decent appearance and presents as "normal" in the cognitive area, so it seems very odd to me that he would have hung around Maja for 3 LONG YEARS!! I'm not seeing her looks or physical attraction having a role in this "relationship." I must be missing something...."what's wrong with this picture???"
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    S06.E21: Sean & Dottie's 2018.07.25

    Well, then, this placement might be the ONLY successful weight loss intervention Shawn will ever receive! I believe all licensed facilities employ a licensed dietitian to make sure each resident gets proper nutrition and if he doesn't have any visitors to supplement his daily meals maybe he'll FINALLY lose weight!! Also, these facilities have MD's and other med personnel to monitor each patient and I would imagine a weight loss goal has been established for Shawn.
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    S06.E21: Sean & Dottie's 2018.07.25

    When I saw how severely stressed Shaun was in the aftermath of the Houston hurricane and, regardless of how much assistance and support he received from the numerous community resources available to him, I understood that a nursing home would be the natural conclusion to his long journey into complete inability to function. I wonder how the meals are at the facility??? I wonder if they allow unlimited outside food to be brought in for the residents??
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    S06.E21: Sean & Dottie's 2018.07.25

    I believe I read that Sean's father finally found him a nursing home placement and that's where he is for the foreseeable future. Also, I think I also recall that they were going to do another update of him; however, he refused to participate.
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    S07.E05: Holly's Story

    I believe there's a psychological condition called, Compulsive Eating Disorder. It's really not about the food. It's about "free-floating" anxiety and other moods that Holly has encountered and experienced throughout her life. It's the "immediate gratification" of eating that quells her tense and stressful moments (that apparently go on all day long and have for many, many years) I guess the obvious conclusion would be that if Holly spent all the time she spends "eating" in intensive "therapy" (talk therapy and other therapies like maybe art therapy), she might have a chance to learn to cope with her moods more healthfully. HOWEVER, it's plain and obvious, that what I'm stating takes a mature and thoughtful approach to life. The obsession with eating is very childlike because the first thing an infant does is "eat" (breast milk or formula) and to advance to more mature ways of coping with life's ups and downs requires a lot of commitment to change. It's that HARD WORK that Holly will have to develop an affinity for or suffer the consequences. There is no Quick-Fix for Holly to transform her health profile and appearance. It's HARD WORK!!
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    S07:E02 Brianne's Story

    Childhood trauma, abuse and neglect manifest in MANY, MANY different forms of self-destructive behavior. Many child victims of abuse and neglect suffer with other addictions, relationship dysfunctions and, yes, even self-harm. The people on this show suffer from expressing their emotional vulnerabilities and suffering through finding comfort in "food"; however, the missing piece of the puzzle is getting the information and support they need to start understanding what happened to them as children (that they were 100% NOT responsible for) and translating that into self-love behaviors that affirm their strength to have even made it to adulthood so they may live functional, productive lives. They are 100% RESPONSIBLE for getting this therapeutic help (probably for YEARS). The eating addiction is the symptom of this larger issue.
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