Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Sometimes the Headlights are in the Deer

Jennifer Wilbanks, the runaway bride, has resurfaced. Early in her disappearance, some were implying that her fiance might have been responsible, and now there are suggestions her flight was a desparate bid for attention. Others ask, should she be prosecuted? You can sample all the other theories and blaming here.

A criminal profiler thinks she may suffer from Munchausen syndrome. And Edrie of the Daily Kos attempts to be sympathetic when she says, "she looks so much like a deer in the headlights in all the released photos."

There's another point of view. That deer in the headlights look indicates she should be treated. And the sooner the better.

Like Senator Doctor Frist, my physician wife was practicing telemedicine this morning, and she says the photos of Wilbanks bear the signs of hyperthyroidism. The symptoms? Protuberant eyeballs, weight loss, accelerated heartbeat, persistent sense of anxiety and agitation.

If left undiagnosed and untreated, she could have a cardiac event. Let's all offer a little compassion, shall we?

Not to mention medical attention.


Blogger Dave S. said...

I thought about that too. I've seen other pictures when she doesn't have that look, so it could be something that has happened recently.

5:04 AM  

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