Today I went to the hospital with Ira so I could drive him home after his colonoscopy.
Question: What’s with all the TVs in hospitals? I couldn’t find a single place to just sit and read my book in peace and quiet. In one room it was the latest horrors from Haiti. In Room 2, 3, and 4 it was a mindless game show, a reality show, and a cooking show.
Does TV viewing aid healing? Or does it just distract from pain and suffering?
I thought about trying to find the morgue for a little peace and quiet, but I wasn’t so sure there wouldn’t have been a TV in there too.
My mother was addicted to TV. She couldn’t handle real life so she lived through lives of the people she watched on TV. When real life mimicked TV, my mother’s performance in real life was stellar. But when real life strayed from the script, or a problem went on too long and she couldn’t just change channels and make it go away, she crumbled.
She joked that when she died, we should just hook her up to the cable, and she’d live forever.
As I walked around the hospital this morning, looking for a TV-free space to read, I thought someone should do a study about the healing effects of watching TV. In this proposed study, one group would be allowed to watch TV in their rooms, and the other one could only listen to music or look out the window, or read, or sleep. Then track recovery times.
Yeah, I’d like really like to see that study.