Flipping channels tonight I stumbled upon a program on "The Learning Channel" about a man who has a mysterious medical condition that has caused his hands and feet to grow into tree-like appendages. Seriously. He can't use his hands and feet to work, do basic household tasks (he is raising two children alone because his wife left him), or hug another human being. The video footage made me feel seriously nauseous and gave new meaning to the type of question asked at co-ed slumber parties hosted by UU parents for their hippie kids. "If you were a tree what kind of tree would you be and why?"
I love train wreck television, but this pushed me over the edge.
I did a quick web search to find out exactly what I had seen (if you follow this link be warned that it contains pictures I find to be extraordinarily disturbing), and then chose to watch and read no further.
I learned tonight that there are limits to the human horror I can bear witness to. Thank you TLC.