Kudos to the show for attempting to give its viewers a glimpse of what life–in all its wonderful as well as difficult moments–can be like for a person affected by Parkinson’s and for her family members and friends.
Bravo, show! *applauds* Let’s take a peak at tomorrow’s episode as Soon Ok valiantly struggles with her illness and as Grandfather and Jae Woo, the two men who wholly adore Soon Ok, deal with her deteriorating state.
Preview Video: compliments of SBS
Jae Woo: From when did you know? The secret that you couldn’t tell me…Was it this?
Da Jung: (with tears) Grandmother…needs to laugh if she’s to live a long life (according to the doctors).
Da Ae’s pharmacy friend?: How can Da Jung handle that type of caretaking/nursing?! This isn’t the Joseon era! Why is she planning to marry just so that she can help take care of the grandmother?! (loose translation for easier comprehension)
Chul Soo: (to Song Jung) Don’t worry. I won’t let Da Jung suffer. I’ll live one more day than that person (referring to Soon Ok) and take care of her until the very end.
Soon Ok: (wakes up in the middle of the night) Honey, where is this place? Why are we sleeping here?
Chul Soo: (finally loses his patience and erupts) THIS PLACE IS OUR HOME! GATHER YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU!!
A few posts ago, I said that Glorious Day was a romanticized version of what family and life can be like in contrast to It’s OK, That’s Love. That may be still true, but this preview has me reassessing my earlier impressions of the show as it takes a much more realistic turn in Episode 36 to portray–just a small glimpse–what caring for a loved one afflicted with a chronic illness can entail.
For those of you who are easily moved to tears, I would suggest a box–or two–of tissues as we delve into a very real life concern–caring for the elderly and the ill. The show is going to explore not just the heartwarming moments of family members treasuring each other all the more because of the medical condition, but it’s also going to demonstrate how disorienting and demoralizing such a chronic illness can be for the patient…and in a larger sense, how heartbreaking and exhausting helping to take care of the loved one can be to those closest to the patient.
My hope is that as the show illustrates these difficulties, it does so with a compassion and underlying love among the family members. As many of us deal with aging family members or are becoming ones ourselves, this show, hopefully, will portray this phase of the life cycle in a responsible and dignified way. Through all the ups and downs that caring for loved ones can entail, love and the extended support to properly care for a loved one are necessary. In a family-oriented, traditional family like this one, I hope the show introduces the idea that when dealing with such a demanding medical condition, there’s nothing wrong with soliciting help from outside sources; the family wouldn’t be remiss in its love and duty to Soon Ok to gather as much nursing care as possible…even if that nursing help doesn’t come directly from family members.
I hope what I just said makes sense to you all. In the past, I’ve known some people who were racked with guilt for admitting an aging mother or father into a nursing home when their culture mandates that they directly take care of the parent(s)…whether they are personally able to or not.
On a brighter note, I’m looking forward to seeing how the family pulls together as a united force to love and help Soon Ok, especially Shin Ae, who’s always taken her mother for granted. What a wake-up call she’s going to get tomorrow! Yikes!