SISTER WIVES revealed the state of three-year-old Truely Brown’s health last night, and fans were relieved to find out that young Truely was NOT the death in the family alluded to at the beginning of the season.
According to last night’s episode, Truely had acute kidney failure due to dehydration. The family had previously taken her to see a doctor, who had diagnosed her with the flu, so as far as the Browns were aware, the youngster was not her energetic self for just that reason: She was getting over the flu. Therefore, it makes sense that the Browns would not immediately be running off to the doctor with their daughter again just because she was lethargic—aren’t we all when we are getting over the flu? So, it seems a bit harsh to slam the Browns for their daughter’s illness.
Really, it could happen to any parent—and, hopefully, we will all have the heart to see and understand that.
There have been a lot of truly venomous comments made about the Browns on the Internet over the years that they have been on the air. But, some of the things out there right now, blaming the Browns for their daughter’s kidney failure? Faulting Kody for taking a nap rather than running to the pediatrician’s office (not the hospital, the pediatrician’s office; he left for the hospital immediately when Christine was told it was that serious and texted the family)? Expecting that the Browns should have understood that their daughter was in the early stages of kidney failure when, apparently, a previous doctor’s examination did not reveal it?
It just seems a lot of guilt to lay on the Browns’—or any parent’s—shoulders.
There is little doubt that, as parents, both Christine and Kody are likely looking back with the clarity of hindsight saying, “Why didn’t I see that?” As human beings, we just tend to do that sort of self-blaming. But, you know, it just doesn’t seem likely that most parents would have done any differently than they did. Kids get sick. Most of the time, it doesn’t end in acute kidney failure. But, sometimes, the differences and degrees of the progression of illnesses are so subtle, it would be the exception, not the rule, for a parent to become convinced that a second trip to the doctor is immediately warranted.
As a television show, SISTER WIVES just gives us an overview of situations, and no doubt it has done so with the Truely Brown illness. Will she have long-term effects? We don’t know. But, harshly judging and condemning the Browns for their parenting skills over the situation as presented—it just doesn’t seem that the Browns did anything that most parents would not have done. They obviously love their children. And, as they indicated themselves, this situation has been something of a wake-up call, bringing them closer together and reminding them not to take each other for granted.
Sometimes we ALL need that.
It was great seeing little Truely playing once again; we send along our prayers that her health continues to flourish, and that the Brown family as a whole finds strength and grows together as a result of this difficult time.
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