[DWJ] Dorian

Anna McDuff amcduff at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 11:59:18 EDT 2015

Yes, I would contribute towards noise canceling headphones too if the OT
thought they would help.


On Monday, April 27, 2015, estairm--- via Dwj <dwj at suberic.net> wrote:

> Does it make sense for Dorian to have noise-canceling earphones for the
> noisy times?  I'd be happy to contribute.
> Esther
>       From: Hallie O'Donovan <hallieod at gmail.com <javascript:;>>
>  To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net <javascript:;>>
>  Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015 6:58 AM
>  Subject: [DWJ] Dorian
> Hi all,
> I went in to see Dorian on Friday afternoon, and will be going in for the
> next few weeks at that time.  Her parents have been going in for the
> afternoon visiting times every day, but her father had hip replacement
> surgery last week, so it was good to be able to give her mother a bit of
> help.
> I don't really have anything to add to the reports Emma and Kylie have
> shared here and in the off-list emails, but wanted to update about the
> audiobook situation. Dorian's father told me that the occupational
> therapists had said she needed stimulation, but not too much stimulation,
> as for example if she had several visitors at once. I talked to the nurse
> who's been taking care of her when I got there, and mentioned the plan to
> bring in an iPod with audiobooks and she said that would be fine.  She said
> she has classical music on her Walkman and they play that sometimes for her
> when she seems restless or distressed. After I'd been reading for a while
> it started to get really noisy in the ward, and when the nurse came back
> over I mentioned what the OTs had said about too much stimulation. She
> agreed it really is a problem for someone in Dorian's situation, and said
> that the ward could get much noisier even than it was then. Dorian didn't
> respond, whether to the loud voices or even the nurse call button, and
> after that it occurred to me that audiobooks are very unlikely to be
> helpful to her at this point. Emma has sent Pat two CDs, so they could try
> them on the Walkman, but it really seemed to me that familiar voices or the
> classical music would be the only sounds that would do anything more than
> contribute to the already chaotic background right now.
> I don't know if people who contributed towards the audios want to discuss
> here or off-list with Emma what they'd rather do. Maybe in a few months
> audiobooks will be great, and of course if people want to go ahead with the
> original plan I'm happy to do that too.
> Hallie
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