Winter 2017-18: The Body
Short, tall, large, small – we’ve all got one.
This edition of Keene State Today looks at the body from a number of angles. Inside, you’ll meet a Keene State grad who delivers babies, one who is working on a series of nude paintings, one who dances and one who runs, one who writes murder mysteries, one who buries the dead, and more.
Amber Davisson: A Teaching Moment
Life in a Nursing Home
What’s it like to live in a nursing home? Here’s a first-hand report by Dr. David Drozda, a former student of Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci ’76. It’s taken from a journal article the two coauthored.
“It was a frightening moment to be sitting in the [wheel] chair for the first time. Several things hit me all at once. The first is that I suddenly have to look up at everyone in order to make eye contact, and they have to look down at me. … I was conscious of the feeling that staff were ‘talking over my head,’ literally. … It made me feel vulnerable to have someone consistently direct their attention to a source that was both above and behind me. …
“Adapting to this environment was complex; a mix of new surroundings, new modes of transporting myself, dependence on others and strangers all around me. As I enter new environments now in my role as student doctor, I am reminded of these past feelings and remain conscious to the fact that all the people I encounter and provide care for are also adapting, which is far more challenging than I would have ever thought had I not lived in a nursing home. The word ‘pride’ is more prevalent in my lexicon – the importance of being allowed to struggle through things on your own, without initial assistance. And I wonder to this day what happens to people when they can no longer experience a sense of accomplishment; how do they adapt?”
More Stories about Dr. Gugliucci’s Nursing Home Program
- Medical Student Checks into Nursing Home for 10-Day Stay
- Medical Student Completes 10-Day Stay at Nursing Home
- UNE Medical Student Completes Nursing Home Stay
Writing about Food
Here’s another piece of prose written by a student in Jeff Friedman’s Cooking, Eating, and Dreaming
By Lindsey Pinault
The marks he left were like tread marks in the snow, they slowly vanished with the changing of the seasons, but when they were fresh they were crisp and clear, painfully cold to the touch. Once, we sat beneath the cherry trees, watching the stars twinkle like the fireflies of summer. Back then our love was a pink lady, fresh and sweet, budding from delicate, pure, white petals. But that was before the frost came, rolling over us slowly and dissolving the passion as it does the carnage of fall. Leaving the dead, browned leaves to stick to my hair like the taste of his breath on my lips.
One Stall Fits All
There are many reasons why a person would seek out a single-occupancy restroom at any given time. Being transgender or not conforming to gender norms is only one of them.
The 2016 passage of the so-called “Bathroom Bill” in North Carolina has made it acceptable for people to confront other people in multi-stall public restrooms, notes Hunter Kirschner, Keene State’s program support assistant for LGBTQ students. The bill, which required people to use public bathrooms for the gender assigned to them at birth, was partially overturned. Still, for transgender people the possibility of being harassed has turned a natural bodily function into an uneasy or even distressing situation.