I saw two shows this week, both dealing with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy. This is a subject that has always interested me. It's so bizarre, it's almost difficult to wrap my mind around it. Some of the things they do to their children is mind boggling, and it makes me wonder if kids who suffer the standard, garden variety child abuse are better off.
Interviews with the offending mothers, their smug little faces proclaiming they are good mothers, had me wanting to crawl through the television set to beat the crap out of them. If there is one thing in this world I loathe worse than onions, it's that of parents who abuse their children. This is probably the main reason I don't work with kids. The first time I encountered a parent who viciously abused their child, I would probably be arrested for assault, and my nursing license stripped away. I hear the stories from ER nurses about the things they encounter, and it makes me want to vomit.
They say that there is no treatment for Munchausens, like pedophilia. I've got a suggestion for treatment. It involves me in a room with them for 15 minutes with nothing but my boat oar.
I don't know what brought all this on. I guess the story of the lady trying to flush her newborn down a McDonalds toilet bothered me more than I thought.