Monday, October 8, 2007

Diving Bell and the Butterfly- Reaction

For the most part The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was an inspiring book of a man who had a need for communicating with the world and did so using only his left eye to tell people what he was feeling. I really enjoyed most of the book and but some of the book was very confusing. Times when Jean Dominique-Bauby would begin talking about how he would dance with the empress of France in his dreams were confusing and it was hard to decipher when he was dreaming of if he was talking of real events in the present of past.

I found most of this book to be mostly depressing as Bauby would talk about how his some doctors wouldn’t listen to him and couldn’t even do some of the things most of us take for granted. Things that we may take for granted are eating whatever we want, in this book he would be forced to eat and drink through a feeding tube and couldn’t even enjoy or taste his food. I could never imagine what it must have been like for him to have to make pretend that he would be eating a delectable meal. Another thing that seems to be simple and just a reflex for most people is swallowing. Unfortunately he couldn’t swallow on his own and would end up oozing drool all over himself. Finally one of the most depressing thing in this story for me was when you could tell that he was in a day dream and was having a wonderful time with his family and was talking with them you would get such a good feeling. But the worst part about this was the fact that he would wake to find himself in fact locked into his body and in great pain and cramped up for being in the same position for a very long time. In conclusion the Diving Bell and the Butterfly I found to be motivational because it shows even with such a horrible syndrome this man finds a way inside that diving bell to be free as his mind flew free as a butterfly.

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