there's a tv show called "hoarders" on A&E. it's been on awhile, i think, because i've heard mike talk about it and i've seen it sitting on our dvr before. i've just never taken the time to watch an episode until tonight... and i can't believe i waited so long.
i've heard of people who hoard things but i never knew it was such an epidemic. i guess i also never understood that people who hoard in such an extreme way have some kind of brain malfunction. it's a sickness and they can't see that what they're doing is seriously, SERIOUSLY messed up.
the episode i watched tonight was about a woman in new orleans. she was in her 60's and had two children. her home was in such complete devastation that she'd lost her son (who's 28 years old now and was raised by his sister) and her home was just about to be declared condemned by the city. the producers of the show went in and cleaned up her house and found, among other various disgusting items, her bottom dentures, the bodies of two decomposed cats, and a 28 year-old package of diapers, some of which looked used. they hauled away over 8,000 pounds of debris.
now i've heard of people who are psychotic, i've heard of people who hear voices, are deathly afraid of spiders, don't like germs, and other forms of crazy... but maybe you counselors and psychiatrists out there can help me with this one. what kind of crazy makes you live in 8,000 pounds of pure filth and not think there's anything wrong with it?
Posted by ohhellocupcake.