Egad! How About This Astronaut?

  1. She is loony, I think. She will likely end up in Psych eval facility.

    Unless the diaper was due to her training as an astronaut. I think they have a means in their astronaut suits for being able to evacuate their wastes while in flight for hours and hours.
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  3. by   Grace Oz
    I think she must have left her brains in the stratosphere!!!!
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Last night on the news a former NASA psychologist spoke about mental illness in the military and how it is definitely frowned on. There is speculation that she is mentally ill and just didn't seek treatment. This is a common reaction among the mentally ill.
  5. by   sirI
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    I seem to remember that members of Congress and the Supreme Court get to bypass security.
    Perhaps we need to rethink this.
    If an astranout can lose it so can anyone.
  7. by   mercyteapot
    I doubt she would've been able to hide a mental illness that existed in all the evaluations one undergoes before becoming an astronaut and periodically thereafter. I think the separation from her husband must have triggered dissociation. It is the only explanation I can come up with, and it's more comforting than to believe all these evals are for naught.
  8. by   GardenDove
    I read about that on BBC online. It sounds like from that movie Fatal Attraction. They are going to have to review their policies on men and women working together in close quarters, I think. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6338601.stm
  9. by   bethin
    Quote from mercyteapot
    I doubt she would've been able to hide a mental illness that existed in all the evaluations one undergoes before becoming an astronaut and periodically thereafter. I think the separation from her husband must have triggered dissociation. It is the only explanation I can come up with, and it's more comforting than to believe all these evals are for naught.
    :yeahthat:

    From what I understand, it's rigorous testing. Who wants a mentally ill astronaut when you're in space? Being a little down is one thing, but driving in diapers 900 miles is another.

    There are few women astronauts and few women jet pilots. We have to fight for our few positions in the man world of the military. This mess doesn't help our sex out much.
  10. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from bethin
    :yeahthat:

    From what I understand, it's rigorous testing. Who wants a mentally ill astronaut when you're in space? Being a little down is one thing, but driving in diapers 900 miles is another.

    There are few women astronauts and few women jet pilots. We have to fight for our few positions in the man world of the military. This mess doesn't help our sex out much.
    That's true, it doesn't, and that's unfortunate. Why is that when a man goes off the deep end and does something crazy, no one paints their entire gender with the same brush... for example, if a male cop beats his wife, you don't hear anyone say ''Well, this is why we should never have let men become cops"... But boy howdy, let one woman have a meltdown and we're all just a jiggly mass of hormones who shouldn't be allowed near ammunition or technology.
  11. by   caliotter3
    Was just listening to this topic on the radio this am. (Excellent joke: Nowak. Irony of getting beat over the head w/steel mallet by a person named no whack, etc.) However, it was very sensibly pointed out that she did not just quietly descend into mental illness with symptoms that should have been caught along the way, she "snapped". I pity her 3 children, and hope she can find appropriate tx. I expect that her military handling will be different than the normal mil person who gets the shaft w/mil mental hlth system. They will probably be "gentler" in getting rid of her b/c of the notoriety and embarassment.
  12. by   bethin
    Quote from mercyteapot
    That's true, it doesn't, and that's unfortunate. Why is that when a man goes off the deep end and does something crazy, no one paints their entire gender with the same brush... for example, if a male cop beats his wife, you don't hear anyone say ''Well, this is why we should never have let men become cops"... But boy howdy, let one woman have a meltdown and we're all just a jiggly mass of hormones who shouldn't be allowed near ammunition or technology.
    I've read on the internet some comments that really frost my crack. One guy said only a woman would be stupid enough to follow a man 900 miles.

    When we screw up, it's all over the news. With men, it's almost like we expect them to abuse and kill women.
  13. by   caliotter3
    Well, on the side of humor, I say if you're gonna go bonkers, it might as well be over a man as any other reason. It is true, that this kind of stuff happens to men b/c of women. No one person is worth chasing after. We all know this at some point in life. However, when a person goes off the deep end, they are not connecting rational thought to rational thought. What is scary, is the cause of her breakdown, the pain her children and family members and friends will go through, and the thought that, if genetic components, are her children subject to some psych weakness? Very sad and scary.

    And chauvinistic and stupid as it may seem, if I thought I could get my man by driving 900 miles after him, you're darn right I would do it. After all, everybody has the right to pursue happiness. What is so wrong w/that? It's no more stupid, than driving 900 mi for some blank blank job that might be heaven or might be hell.
    Last edit by caliotter3 on Feb 9, '07 : Reason: Added thought
  14. by   mercyteapot
    It isn't the 900 miles that has people scratching their heads, wondering what went wrong. It isn't even the astronaut diaper, even though that's (to put it in technical terms) kooky. It's the assault of Capt. Shipman.

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