So That the Blind May See
Leahy Medical Center, Nurse Training Program, March 1635
My dearest aunt,
I am well. It is warm and we are all fed very well here at this school of nursing. We have received our third clothing allowance. I cannot imagine what comes next after a gift such as that.
I am learning many new things. As you can see, I have learned how to write better. Part of training is being able to read and write. A person's life might depend on reading the instructions a physician writes. My American is improving but there are still many words I do not know and there are some words I learn by accident.
For instance, I have learned that there is such a thing as a "doggie door." The word "doggie" means a hound or what the Americans call a "dog." These Americans are so fond of their dogs that they make openings so that the dog might enter or leave the house as it wills.
This can lead to many problems.
Last night one of those problems came to the hospital while I was working my shift—which is a word that has nothing to do with clothing.
A German family was leasing a part of an American house. Americans have very interesting houses. There are things inside these houses that you can not even imagine and I can barely describe to you. Some even have separate houses for dogs.
This German family was celebrating some important event. The American family as well. Americans enjoy celebration almost as much as they enjoy their dogs.
The young German son came to the house unexpectedly from his training for the army. He thought to surprise his mother and his brothers and sisters by entering the house through the "doggie door." When he left for training the American family had a dog called an Irish Setter but it had died of old age and was replaced by a larger and younger dog that did not know the young man.
This became a problem for the "ER." ER is one of those American words which means a room of emergency, where the injured can be brought at any time, day or night, for treatment of injuries or sudden illness.
The young man found that the doggie door was large enough for him to enter the house, but before he could fully enter, the new dog found him and was not pleased.
The attending physician said the dog used the man's head as something called a "chew toy." You could see where the dog had bitten the young man quite easily.
You could plainly see the upper and lower teeth marks from the dog. I counted no fewer than ten bites. The dog was not happy with this intrusion into its territory. The young man was not happy either.
While the attending physician went to quiet both families, who were very busy arguing in the waiting room about who was responsible for the dog being left in the kitchen and matters like that, I could tell that the young man was in need of help.
Americans are very much interested in cleanliness which is how I was able to cure the young man of his blindness.
His face was covered in the saliva from the dog and the marks from the dog's teeth were plainly visible all about his skull and face but you should not worry. There was only a very small amount of blood. I later found out that the young man had been wearing a hat which might have protected him from the teeth slightly.