Chapter

Uncertain Deliveries

Ruthann Knechel Johansen

in Listening in the Silence, Seeing in the Dark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231146
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231146.003.0004
Uncertain Deliveries

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This chapter describes how the surroundings and routines of family members of Erik changed when he was hospitalized after a serious accident. Erik's parents were housed in the same hospital, had changed arenas, and faced new threats to their son. He was more exposed and vulnerable, with fewer electronic monitoring devices attached to him to signal physical difficulties, without a nurse who was dedicated to observing him closely within a few yards, and with new regimens to learn. All of Erik's family members became adept at reading the remaining monitors and watching for peculiarities in the intravenous equipment. Sonia spent two or three days each week at the hospital and the other days with other friends. She continued to record her observations in her diary, noting particularly hints of recovery and inexplicable signs that portended reversals.

Keywords: electronic monitoring devices; physical difficulties; intravenous equipment; unconsciousness; physical sensation

Chapter.  9162 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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