Traumafessions:: Reader Grimpressions on Why Me?

Some of the movies that scared me the most as a kid were made-for-TV movies based on true events. Sure many of them are corny and deviated from the actual facts, but as a kid most of the time I didn’t realize it. I was fascinated by the movies that had to deal with horrible accidents or people being disfigured. I don’t know if I was an insensitive little shit or if I just watched too much TV. One film I’ll always remember was WHY ME?

It aired a lot in the ’80’s, mainly on Lifetime. I remember the first time I watched almost the whole movie was particularly horrifying. I was at my cousin’s house during a summer afternoon while my Mom was working. My cousin, who was around my same age, just had surgery done to his eye and he had to wear a patch over it. I’m not sure who thought this was a good idea, but the patch his doctor made him wear was a skin-colored bandage. I guess from a distance it was less noticeable than a patch like a pirate would wear, but up close it was really off-putting to an eight-year-old kid. It looked like skin had melted over his eye. I shouldn’t have been scared of him, but I was.

So as I avoided hanging out with him during his recovery, I found other things to do like watch Lifetime with my Aunt. She was watching WHY ME? It was about a nurse who’s face was disfigured in a car accident. Here’s another situation where I shouldn’t have been scared, but I was. I remember it looked like skin had melted over her mouth after she had one of her operations to reconstruct her lips and it reminded me of my cousin’s eye so I couldn’t get away from it. I was also freaked out by one doctor’s drawings and I wondered why he wanted to make her look as ugly as his sketch. All of the medical jargon completely went over my head at the time and I didn’t realize that facial reconstruction was such a long process.

Watching parts of the movie on YouTube, I now realize that a lot of the plot is based on how controversial and groundbreaking the doctor’s procedures were. He wanted to use vaginal skin to repair the nurse’s lips. I was also pleasantly surprised to see BRUCE ABBOTT make an appearance as one of the patients.

Grimpressions

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Apocalypsejunkie
Apocalypsejunkie
10 years ago

“He wanted to use vaginal skin to repair the nurse’s lips.”

I always wondered why “puss” was slang for the mouth…. :-O
Sorry, sometimes I just can’t control myself.

bdwilcox
bdwilcox
10 years ago

I remember seeing this as a kid. Even back then there were so many potential jokes…

But that whole “I have no mouth, and I must scream” phobia was also present in Twilight Zone: The Movie and The Matrix. Any others?

bdwilcox
bdwilcox
10 years ago

Maybe Magritte was the inspiration for this movie (snicker):
http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/rene-magritte/rape-1934

bdwilcox
bdwilcox
10 years ago

LOL! I completely forgot about that movie. Talk about a flashback…

onlychild1213
onlychild1213
10 years ago

Hugely entertaining post! And somewhat uncomfortable, as it brought to mind my first run-in as a small child with someone’s severe facial disfigurement. Sad to say, it did not go well. It was at some sort of outdoor bazaar-type event and I freaked the eff out and hid my face and begged to be taken home, lest we happen upon her a second time. I like to think I’m as cool-with-everyone as a person can get these days, but at age three or whatever, all I knew was that I didn’t understand what I was seeing and never wanted to see it again.