I was supposed to be writing more for this blog but a few things got in my way, mum going into and then coming out of hospital, new job, depression and being tired all the damn time. Iâ€™m going to try and make a bit more of an effort, not least because Iâ€™m supposed to be writing three things as well as this blogâ€¦
As I go from house to house visiting patients I catch a lot of snippets of TV. It is interesting to see what this tells me about my â€˜client groupâ€™ (as is the correct term for patient now - it might be â€˜stakeholderâ€™ or some such, Iâ€™m afraid I lost track about three terminology changes ago).
The TV programmes that are being watched seem to fall into one of four things.
1) Jeremy Kyle.
2) Repeats of Catchphrase
3) A Bollywood/Asian soap channel
4) A Imaan preaching intercut with Asian political news.
I honestly do my best to not listen to Jeremy Kyle - I think about his show in the same way I would think about bear baiting if I lived in medieval times, its just an evil show. Catchphrase is pretty easy to ignore as he always seems to be talking to the contestants rather than getting on with playing the game. My favourite is the Bollywood/ Asian soap - itâ€™s normally utterly insane. The other day I think someone had been bitten by a snake which had made them revert to childhood - at least thatâ€™s what it looked like to me, Iâ€™ve not much clue about what they are saying. Finally the Iman preaching is a pretty relaxing background noise unless you get one who likes shouting at the camera. The bonus of this channel is that I can now tell you what each Pakistani political party is now polling at.
Some patients will turn the TV off, others will keep it on and to be honest as long as I can hear what the patient client is saying, then Iâ€™m not much fussed.