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9 Various Types of Stories Stories in this chapter are different enough that they need to be kept separate from other categories in this book. Included are stories about the lack of suitable houses, discomfort caused by heat or cold, children who suffered from worms or a lack of quality drinking water or adequate food, makers of moonshine whiskey, hitchhikers, the return of nurses as supportive spirits, and the list goes on. Unaccustomed to Summer Heat When I first got to Hyden I worked in the hospital for a few weeks at what I seem to remember as relief work. I think I worked in practically ever[y] center, and I stayed in Confluence with Cherry Evans for quite a while. During the summer we liked to get up early because it was so hot. We liked to do our work in the mornings. Cherry also came from England, so it was really just like an English setup. We’d have breakfast, then saddle the horses, and off we’d go to do our rounds. I think we’d take our lunch with us in sandwich form and then come back before it got too hot in the afternoon. We worked in certain clinics, such as Hell for Certain and Confluence. Cherry also had one up in Grassy. The homes were mostly clean and tidy; thus the ones that were pretty poor stood out like a sore thumb. There was one home in Hell for Certain that had no windows, only one door, and the family lived in this house without a toilet. I don’t know how they lived. They were just like rabbits! I thought that was quite unusual. Told by Lydia Thompson to Carol Crowe-Carraco, 1978; provided by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington 200 Tales from Kentucky Nurses Daily Home Services When we made house calls we rode on a horse to give shots, inoculations and things. When we got there we were always asked in and we were always offered water to wash our hands with. We were treated with respect when we got there. One of the most common ailments with children were worms. We tried to dose them regularly for worms, but the manifestations were really quite appalling. Kids would also have symptoms of pneumonia and appendicitis, and if it had gone too far we couldn’t dose them until the condition had subsided. The routine practice was to dose them twice each year. People there lived where there was water to drink, so I don’t think they drank the river water [which could be a source of worms]. When they were looking for a place to build their home, they’d find water first and then build their home around it. Told by Lydia Thompson to Carol Crowe-Carraco, 1978; provided by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington Miss Breckinridge, Not Cousin Mary I was a junior courier [in the FNS] during the summer [of] 1959, and it was mostly fun. We’d get up in the mornings and go to breakfast, then we would help with the horses. After that we would take a picnic lunch and go down to the river and paddle around in a boat. We would help put the horses out in the morning and we would help bring them in at night, including the mule. We would go horseback riding in the evening after dinner, but one of the functions that we did was fix tea. We also helped Miss Breckinridge gather the eggs. Since Carlyle Carter called her Cousin Mary, Miss Breckinridge requested that I also call her Cousin Mary, but it was very difficult and it didn’t last very long. I always kept saying “Miss Breckinridge” when I should have been saying “Cousin Mary.” However, since she wasn’t my cousin, I just couldn’t get into it. Told by Carrie M. Parker to Dale Deaton, September 29, 1979; provided by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington Various Types of Stories 201 Community Garbage Stinnett was part of my district, and up past it was another hollow that had a [creek] branch that went up, but not very far. It was called Greasy, and it was really a beautiful place. There was a family on the mouth of that [creek] where I wouldn’t treat their children because of worms...


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