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Medical Reading: Small Steps, The Year I Got Polio

Why was her parents allowed to visit her during isolation (pg 29)? Her parents, wearing hospital gowns gloves, and masks, were allowed into the isolation ward because Peg was so sick that the doctors weren’t sure if she would live.
Respirator/iron lung “A tub-shaped machine completely enclosed the patient’s body. Only the head stuck out. Bellows pumped air in and out, causing the patient’s lungs to expand and contract. Small doors and portholes on the sides of the iron lung allowed the nurses to put the
What was her life like before she got polio? “She lived a carefree life. Her brother Art, is six years older than she is; her parents longed for a baby girl, and her birth was cause for celebration. Throughout her childhood, she was dearly loved, and she knew it”. (pg 31) She also had led “a shelte
Oxygen tent “A sheet of plastic that was draped over her from waist to the back of her head. Inside the plastic, oxygen was released for her to breathe. A frame kept the plastic three feet above my head and chest while the four sides hung down to touch my bed. Lookin
What was running through her head/feeling when “[her] legs throbbed, [her] arms ached, [her] back, neck, and throat hurt and as she lay there, helpless, staring at the nurse who didn’t turn her”? “[She] wanted to go home more than [she] ever wanted anything, but along the river or homesickness that flowed through [her] veins came a trickle of indignation. [She] was angry at her (the nurse) and angry at [her] disease. I am not, [she] decided, going
What was she allowed to eat/drink (pg 35)? “[She] was given apple juice, grape juice, and soda, but they were no easier to swallow than water”.
How come she can’t drink milk (pg 35)? “Because milk creates phlegm, or mucus, in the throat, patient’s with bulbar polio were not allowed any milk or ice cream for fear it would make them choke”.
What was her only pleasure during the long hours of pain (pg 36)? “In the long hours of pain, [her] only pleasure was the brief visits from [her] parents and looking at the little teddy bear that Art had sent [her]”.
What is the significance of the chocolate milkshake (pg 38)? “Within an hour, [her] temperature dropped. [It] may have saved [her] life”.
What rose and fell as breathe (pg 49)? “Because [her] chest muscles were so weak, [her] stomach, rather than [her] diaphragm, rose and fell”.
What happened to all of her stuff whenever she was allowed to move out of isolation (pg 49)? “Anything [she] had in [her] room gets burned. It’s the only way to be sure the virus doesn’t spread”.
What happened to all of her stuff whenever she was allowed to move out of isolation (pg 49)? “Anything [she] had in [her] room gets burned. It’s the only way to be sure the virus doesn’t spread”.
Why was the bear important to her (pg 43)? First of all, it was given to her by her brother, Art. Also, “[it] had sustained her through the worst week of [her] life. [She] felt like [she] was murdering [her] only friend”.
What kept Tommy optimistic about being in the iron lung? He knew that “lots of people were able to breathe by themselves after being in an iron lung for many months”.
What did Peg promised Dr. Bevis after he painted her toenails bright red? She promised to walk for him someday.
What was Tommy’s nickname? Tonto, the name of the Lone Ranger’s companion
What was Peg’s nickname given by Tommy and what does it mean? Kemo sabe, which means faithful friend. Kemo sabe, which means faithful friend.
Sister Kenny Treatment Part 1: Hot packs (pg 49-51) – Twice a day for seven days a week. “[She] lay on her stomach, dressed only in underpants. Because [her] shoulder muscles were so weak, a rolled-up towel was put under each shoulder to keep them from becoming rounded. The nur
Where have she heard information about polio before she was sick (pg 56)? “She heard information about polio epidemics in stories; [she] recalled pictures of polio patients in wheelchairs and leg braces”.
During her free time, what did she do (before she could move her body parts) (pg 57)? She worried since she had plenty of time to lie there and worry.
What were the things that she worried about (pg 57)? She worried about school, which was three-story that had no ramps or elevators, only stairs. (How could she finish school in a wheelchair?) She wanted to be either a veterinarian or a writer, but either profession now seems beyond her reach. It seems unli
What did she do for Tommy whenever she can move her arms again (pg 62)? She read aloud to Tommy until her voice gave out.
What did she feel after reading letters from her schoolmates in Austin (pg 67)? She felt strange and as if she was reading about a different lifetime. The other kids were upset about such unimportant things, such as clothes and hair and the basketball team. Now known of this mattered to her. She had face death. She had lived with exc
What did Dr. Bevis gave her before she left for Sheltering Arms? A yellow rose (a yellow rose means friendship).
What room number was she transferred to at Sheltering Arms? At room 202.
After learning about her roommates’ background, how/what did she feel? She felt lucky, not only to have parents who loved her, but parents who were able to care for her and to meet her needs, whatever they might be.
What irritated Peg whenever her parents visited her for the first time and what did she realize to understand them for the way they acted (pg 81)? It irritated her that she wasn’t able to talk alone with her parents. She realized that she was the only one who had visitors.
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