E03: Critical Reading-LifeisSublime

Section 8

“She hasn’t seen any other therapist, or a therapist trained to deal with PTSD—Brannan knows what a difference that makes, since the volunteer therapist she tried briefly herself spent more time asking her to explain a “bad PTSD day” than how Caleb’s symptoms were affecting the family.”

  • “or a therapist trained to deal with PTSD-“- this is putting emphasis on the fact that this child hasn’t been helped from a specialist she needs to see
  • “volunteer therapist she tried”- implying that Brannan has seen a therapist, a volunteer therapist
  • “spent more time asking her to explain a ‘bad PTSD day’ than how Caleb’s symptoms were affecting the family.”- this statement is referring to the kind of help the therapist was giving Brannan, asking her more about herself then the affect of what is happening, leading Brannan to believe this is affective in treatment and wants that for her daughter

“Katie was not covered by the VA under Caleb’s disability; actually, she wasn’t covered by any insurance at all half the time, since the Vineses aren’t poor enough for subsidized health care and the Blue Cross gap insurance maxes out at six months a year. “

  • “actually she wasn’t covered by any insurance at all half the time,”- again the author is putting more of an emphasis to Katie’s wellbeing by starting with the fact that she’s not covered and ending in not being covered most of the time
  • “since the Vineses aren’t poor enough for subsidized health care”- their family isn’t qualified for the lowest form of health care because they exceed the financial requirement
  • “the Blue Cross gap insurance maxes out at six months a year.”- this is implying to how much money it is to have Blue Cross insurance, the Vineses can’t afford it

“I’m not for taking her somewhere and getting her labeled. I’d rather work on it in softer ways,” like lots of talks about coping skills, and an art class where she can express her feelings, “until we have to. And I’m hoping we won’t have to.”

  • “and getting her labeled.”- Brannan is talking about taking Katie to a therapist and having her daughter diagnosed with PTSD, this could cause some problems for her child that she wants to avoid
  • “I’d rather work on it in softer ways,”- Brannan means taking her daughter to art class to express her feelings and learn coping skills to deal with her aggression
  • “And I’m hoping we don’t have to.”- Brannan doesn’t want Katie to go through all that comes with therapy: the label, the stress, interference with school and her childhood

“Certainly she seems better than some other PTSD vets’ kids Brannan knows, who scream and sob and rock back and forth at the sound of a single loud noise, or who try to commit suicide even before they’re out of middle school.”

  • “she seems better than some other PTSD vet’s kids Brannan knows,”- Katie isn’t as bad as she could be, there are other children from war vets who are worse than she is currently
  • “who scream and sob and rock back and forth at the sound of a single loud noise,”- what might happen to kids of war vets that are worse than Katie, the sound of a loud noise could trigger a reaction like screaming or crying
  • “who try to commit suicide before they’re out of middle school.”- implying that some kids have suicidal attempts because of their secondary PTSD from their parent

“Brannan is a force of keeping her family together.”

  • this statement is referring to Brannan being the person that keeps the family together
  • she keeps them on tract and gets done what needs to be done
  • she takes care of both Katie and Caleb

“That’s typical parent stuff, but Brannan also keeps Caleb on his regimen of 12 pills—antidepressants, anti-anxiety, sleep aids, pain meds, nerve meds, stomach meds—plus weekly therapy, and sometimes weekly physical therapy for a cartilage-lacking knee and the several disintegrating disks in his spine, products of the degenerative joint disease lots of guys are coming back with maybe from enduring all the bomb blasts, and speech therapy for the TBI, and continuing tests for a cyst in his chest and his 48-percent-functional lungs.”

  • “Brannan also keeps Caleb on his regimen of 12 pills-“- in addition to helping her daughter, Brannan makes sure that Caleb takes all the pills he need to take: for depression, anxiety, help with sleep, pain medication, medication to help with nerves, and stomach medication for nausea
  • “plus weekly therapy,”- Caleb is seeking treatment for his PTSD from serving in the military
  • “weekly physical therapy for cartilage-lacking knee and the serval disintegrating disks in his spine,”- Caleb also goes to physical therapy for some injuries he got in the war, he has a lack of cartilage in his knee and a couple of disks in his spine that don’t allow his to move in the right way
  •  “products of the degenerative joint disease lots of guys are coming back with maybe from enduring all the bomb blasts,”- this is making a claim that some men from war are returning with degenerative joint disease as a result of being around bomb blasts
  • “and speech therapy for the TBI”- a TBI is a traumatic brain injury, where speech can in fact be affected, like it has for Caleb
  • “continuing testing for a cyst in his chest”- this cyst could be cancerous so the continued testing could be to check if it is
  • “his 48-percent-functional lungs.”- Caleb’s lungs are only working 48 perfect out of the normal 100 percent

“She used the skills she learned as an assistant to a state Supreme Court justice and running a small newspaper to navigate Caleb’s maze of paperwork with the VA, and the paperwork for the bankruptcy they had to declare while they were waiting years for his disability benefits to come through.”

  • “She used the skills she learned as an assistant to a state Supreme Court justice”- Brannan has gained skills by working as an assistant to a Supreme Court justice, these skills help her better help Caleb
  • “running a small newspaper to navigate Caleb’s maze of paperwork with the VA,”- Brannan also ran a small newspaper which has helped her gain skills to keep Caleb’s paperwork with the VA organized/ better understand them
  • “and the paperworks for bankruptcy they had to declare while they were waiting years for his disability benefits to come through.”- the Vineses have declared bankruptcy in anticipation for disability benefits that Caleb is entitled to but hasn’t received yet

“She also works for the VA now, essentially, having been—after a good deal more complicated paperwork, visits, and assessments—enrolled in its new caregiver program, which can pay spouses or other family members of disabled vets who have to take care of them full time, in Brannan’s case $400 a week.”

  • “She also works for the VA now,”-  Brannan now works the VA which should help her with Caleb
  • “enrolling in its new caregiver program, which can pay spouses or other family members of the disabled vets who have to take care of the full time.”- Brannan now works in the caregiver program with the VA, this pays her to take care of Caleb full time
  • “in Brannan’s case $400 a week.”- Brannan gets paid $400 a week to take care of Caleb through the VA caregiver program
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