April 25, 2008By Danielle McClure Posted: Apr 25, 2008
Was anyone else disturbed and, well, disgusted by Doris and Ashlee's exchange earlier this week when La Wolfe was talking about post-op side effects with her soon-to-be incredibly shrinking daughter? Don't get me wrong, I love that the show is doing is storyline, and I absolutely adored watching Doris get all mother hen on Ashlee, showing some genuine concern and sympathy as she inquired whether Ash was taking proper precautions after the surgery. It was nice to see her finally have an interest in Ashlee's life (albeit for the entirely wrong reason) and it was fun to watch their playful banter return. Plus, Ash seems to be in good spirits — for now at least — and it's about time! Caitlin Van Zandt still brings some of the best comedic moments to GL, so it's nice to see that come into play again. However, GL could've spared us viewers some of the gruesome details of what happens to one's body after lap-band surgery, only because serious dialogue about the procedure while Ashlee was considering it basically never happened (like how Ash NEVER talked to a mental health professional beforehand to discuss the emotional/psychological implications involved). I understand that GL is trying to maintain a sense of responsibility by informing viewers about the effects, but it's a hard pill for me to swallow now especially because they didn't do that from the beginning. And, frankly, the last thing I want to hear while I'm eating my morning oatmeal and watching GL is this:
Ashlee: It's fine. Just my incisions are a little sore.
Doris: Any pain at all, redness, swelling in your legs, or vomiting — anything like that?
Ashlee: Not yet.
Doris: Okay. Just making sure you don't have any belly pain. You know, the fluid pain might leak from the cut.
Ashlee: Do you want to feel something weird? Yes, you do.
Doris: Oh, my God, what’s that?
Ashlee: It's an air bubble.
Doris: An air bubble? That's gross.
Ashlee: I know. Well, it's not that bad. Because they pump full of air and do their business, and then they suck it out, but some is left over....