Laurice Gilbert ~
4th January 1986 / opened the journal and wrote the first entry:
swapped completely from mercury to digital thermometer
basal body temperature: a colorful set of graphs that each invests
3 months with footnotes, asterisks and inexplicable numbers
Reading: Birth Without Violence / The Paper Midwife
A Guide to Responsible Home Birth
21st January / passed my Distance Learning exam in Horticulture
Human Biology next perhaps / forgot to take my temperature
Ingrid Forsberg ~
It's 10:00 am on a Monday in June. I'm the nurse practitioner on duty in a convenience care clinic housed in a corner drugstore in urban Chicago.
Sunlight is pouring through the huge storefront windows when my first patient of the day walks in. He's in his late twenties, muscular, crew-cut. He looks like someone who's used to being in charge.
Right now, though, he looks anxious. He's pale, with dark circles under his eyes. His eyes scan the store, looking for something.
I know immediately that he's looking for me.
Dan Yashinsky ~
In Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, if a blizzard keeps you in your neighbor's house, they say you've been "storm-stayed." I first learned this term from a storyteller in the Maritimes, and it's come to hold special meaning for me and those I work with.
I am the storyteller-in-residence at a research and teaching hospital for the elderly, in Toronto. My work here, known as "storycare," reflects the institution's philosophy that literature and storytelling are essential to health care.
Every week, I work with clinicians and therapists to bring storycare to patients in the palliative-care, rehab and long-term-care units. Twice weekly, I head to the fourth floor to co-lead storytelling circles for the geriatric psychiatry patients.