This may not have solved all of the cultural differences but at least there may have been an even flow and exchange of information and feedback between both parties involved. Her primary physicians, , tried to provide the highest standard of medical care possible. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Group 1Question 2 Hmong American is a group of Asians Americans who migrated from Thailand in 1975. The suspense of the child's precarious health, the understanding characterization of the parents and doctors, and especially the insights into Hmong culture make this a very worthwhile read. What do faith and perspective have in common? Lia's parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy.
To make matters worse, the doctors start to believe that the seizures are causing retardation and that if Nao and Foua would give the child the medicine as directed she would be getting better. How might you apply what you. Until the day of her death, her family cared for her lovingly at home. Children protective service was called to check out my family situation, however, unlike Lia's case, my parents had been unjustly accused for my brother's malnutrition. She and her husband, Neil, were the physicians who served on the faculty of the family practice residency program and soon came to care for Lia at any hour of the day or night. The entire immigration problem for the Hmong brings to mind how difficult life became for them after the war ended.
If her parents would have known how to speak English, maybe there would have been more understanding and communication between them and the medical community. They thought surgery might lead to disfigurement not only in this lifetime but also in subsequent ones, and that autopsies could prevent souls from being reborn. Everyone wanted the best for Lia - especially her devoted parents and the dedicated doctors and staff at the hospital where she was repeatedly treated. They are people of a different culture, but they are still human beings with feelings and dreams and need to be treated as such. As a husband and wife team, they had come to Merced to help people who needed better services than they could afford. When asking what could the hospital administrator and personnel have done to provide Lia with a better quality of care, I would suggest that they provide interpreters that are non- threatening for the Hmong community of patients they serve.
The doctors found they could not take for granted the attitude that they were prescribing this medicine in good faith and had no intention of hurting Lia. Their difference in belief systems as well as the language barrier prevented proper communication between the Lee family and their physicians. Lia's rationalist doctors, on the other hand, treated Lia's epilepsy purely as a neurological disorder. The main focus of this chapter is comparing the birth of the children in Laos where Nao and Foua were from to the American birthing traditions. The baby appeared to be healthy and was released from the hospital 3 days later.
As I read, I kept wanting to be mad at someone. The Lees also complained of feelings of frustration, as well as being misunderstood and blaming the doctors for intervening in ways that appeared to make Lia more sick instead of better. What do you like and dislike about the book, and why? That must have been not only a scary experience, but a lonely one too. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices. When three-month-old Lia Lee arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Many of their American neighbors, unaware of their involvement in the war, resented their high reliance on welfare.
The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices. Lia, on the other hand, is born in sunny Merced, California on July 19, 1982 yes, we've flash-forwarded again. Among its services is an interpreter training program, which provides medical interpreters in a half-dozen languages, including Hmong. He thought it likely that her infection, a typical hospital bacterium, was acquired during a hospital stay. An especially bad episode of seizures rendered her brain-dead and paralyzed. At her birth, Lia appeared to be a healthy, eight pound seven ounce girl and the delivery was uncomplicated. However, more and more often Lia would experience a grand mal seizure which involved rigid muscle contractions and thrashing.
This is while they placed all their beliefs, staunchly, in their own culture and spiritual beliefs of their own people. These are just a few that are ingrained in someone unknowingly. For safety reasons, many Hmong became refugees, often filtering through refugee camps in Thailand before—if they were lucky—arriving in America in the mid 1970s. Sometimes there would just be twitching, staring spells, or hallucinations. Desperate to keep her when they finally got her back, the parents followed the hospital orders but, predictably, the spirit caught Lia again and again.
The conflict and difference between… 542 Words 2 Pages In the novel by Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, is written about two cultures and their differences: Hmong and American. Her family continued to love and care for her, and each year a tvix neeb held a ceremony to ease her suffering. At first, the parents behaved as cooperatively as most parents do in such cases. However, as a result of their anti-communist involvement, many Hmong were put in danger when, eventually, Laotian communist forces won control of the country. The key was to find a way to allow the parents to back down without loss of face.
Unfortunately, it became a series of nurses, because they all burned out. In the Hmong culture, seizures were believed to occur in a spiritual realm and symbolized a condition deserving of reverence. When asking what could Drs. While they may have been more understanding than some of the. Add to this the fact that Foua and Nao Kao were illiterate in both English and Hmong, so they often forgot what the doctors told them.