Health Literacy and Communication Problems:
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Where is the Mango Princess?
The University of Missouri
Health Literacy and Communication Problems “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is written beautifully by Mr. Bauby, who had a stroke that resulted in lock-in syndrome. Mr. Bauby had little gross and fine motor movement, but his cognitive abilities were intact. Mr. Bauby could only communicate by blinking his left eyelid. In another novel, “Where is the Mango Princess?” by Cathy Crimmins, touches on Cathy’s life during a taxing time of her life when her husband, Alan (Al) was injured in a boating accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A change in Al’s personality, his relearning how to walk, sit straight, and…show more content… Cathy was stressed and had to plan how she would “attack” the doctors with questions, if she hoped to get any answers. After Al’s time at the hospitals, Al enrolled in a rehabilitation facility, Magee (Bauby, 1997, p. 104). At Magee, Cathy had to adjust to the idea she could easily communicate to the health care providers; Cathy was accustomed to trying to pry information out of the doctors like “guerrilla attacks” (Crimmins, 2001, p. 115). This change that Cathy witnessed is transferable to Mr. Bauby’s experience in acute care. Lack of communication was the “normal” and resulted in a colossal effort to have the option to communicate. Looking at Mr. Bauby’s and Cathy’s experiences, the barriers the staff and doctor are facing is the busyness of their jobs. The staff most likely did not realize that they were not giving Mr. Bauby or Cathy an option to communicate. Although a lack of consideration to be patient and give Mr. Bauby or Cathy the option to communicate led to poor patient care. The staff can adjust the time they give to each patient, asking questions, and waiting for a