*ripping out hair in frustration*
Drats darned it I really didn’t want to do this, but I have no choice. Gaaaaah!!
Episode 11 of Fated to Love You.
WHAT in the asDF!#%$ERADSs;ldkfj?!?! During our lovely reunion, whitecarrot told me a bit about some of the crazies that went down in the Taiwanese version of Fated to Love You and how bonkers it drove her. I ain’t even gonna go there, because it’s all expected and part and parcel of old school shows. So. No ripping out my precious hair because of that. But! What DOES drive me nutsos is that the big ol’ huge mystery disease that our Lee Geon (Jang Hyuk) could possibly have is none other than Huntington’s Disease. Huntington’s?! Are you for REAL?!?!
When they went on and on in earlier episodes about “being careful” and getting regular checkups and imaging done to make sure that his mystery disease didn’t start producing symptoms, I figured it was a hereditary disease that could either manifest or not. Many times, one can carry genes without manifesting symptoms. For example, having a mutation in the BRCA1 gene does not automatically mean one will have breast cancer – certain mutations have been identified as being associated with higher risks, but there is no “guarantee,” so to speak. Huntington’s is different. Because of the high penetrance, if one inherits the gene, symptoms will manifest.
So. Either Geon has Huntington’s or he doesn’t. There is no “Oh, he could possibly get Huntington’s in his 30s-40s, but if he’s careful and the disease doesn’t manifest, he’ll be okay.” If he has the gene, he’s going to have symptoms. And. What drives me nuts is that they’re trying to “monitor” him with CTs and MRIs. What’s the point?! All they need is a genetic test for the huntingtin gene! That’s it! A genetic test, not CTs! Gaaaaah!
And you know what’s worse? Huntington’s Disease is a horrible, absolutely devastating condition. It’s horrible not only on the patient, but on the whole family as well. It isn’t something that should be thrown around like this in some haphazard way by writers(!! there are 2!!) that didn’t do their homework. Grrrr.
Kdramas – and American shows, too, for that matter – sometimes play fast and loose with facts and reality. I can usually handle that. But this is just asdf!@#plkdj’@#%!!! I can’t handle it! It’s so stupid! It’s so dumb! I just! GAAAAAAHHHHH!!!
Okay. I need to stop.
Episode 12 looks like it’s gonna be painful, but this show has 8 more episodes after it to redeem itself. Fated to Love You, I’m expecting good things!