E04: Critical Reading – marinebio

But she’s got a warrior’s skills: hyperawareness, hypervigilance, adrenaline-sharp quick-scanning for danger, for triggers.

  • Caleb’s wife has never been to war but has acquired the skills.
  • Warriors are hyperaware, hypervigilant, danger scanners.

They don’t know why some other guys in his unit who did and saw the same stuff that Caleb did and saw are fine but Caleb is so sensitive to light, why he can’t just watch the news like a regular person without feeling as if he might catch fire.

  • by saying that other people went through the same experience but don’t show signs of PTSD, means that PTSD doesn’t happen to every veteran after they come back from war.
  • Claim that Caleb Vines is not a normal person.

Some hypotheses for why PTSD only tortures some trauma victims blame it on unhappily coded proteins, or a misbehaving amygdala.

  • researchers blame biology and genetics for PTSD.
  • could be claiming that PTSD can happen to people without the genetic aspect.

“I guess we’re just used to dealing with people with more severe injuries,” a VA nurse once told Brannan upon seeing Caleb.

  • claims that other injuries are worse than brain injuries that can result in PTSD.

Basically your spouse’s behavior becomes the “T” in your own PTSD.

  • people can make the other people close to them suffer from PSTD.
  • The traumatic encounter they have is the person that originally suffered from PTSD.

Is PTSD Contagious?

  • Comparing a stress disorder to a common illness that people can spread around.
  • PTSD can come from somebody else who has PTSD.

Brannan Vines has never been to war, but her husband, Caleb, was sent to Iraq twice, where he served in the infantry as a designated marksman.

  • Claims for the second time that she has never been to war.
  • Indicates that somebody close to her has went to war twice.

Caleb has been home since 2006, way more than enough time for Brannan to catch his symptoms.

  • Claims that time plays a factor in developing PTSD.
  • by saying catch symptoms the author could have meant “develop symptoms”
  • claims that PTSD happens while the person is home from where they were.

The house, in a subdivision a little removed from one of many shopping centers in a small town in the southwest corner of Alabama, is often quiet as a morgue

  • claims that small towns away from stores are quiet like a morgue
  • author claims that morgues are quiet.

Even when everyone’s in the family room watching TV, it’s only connected to Netflix and not to cable, since news is often a trigger.

  • claims that watching the news triggers PTSD related reactions
  • claims that cable cannot be used at all when watching TV

She has not, unlike military wives she advises, ever been beat up.

  • claims that other military wives get beaten up by a family member that has been to war.
  • beating other people is effect of PTSD.

The Vineses’ wedding album is gorgeous, leather-bound, older and dustier than you might expect given their youth.

  • claims that because the couple is young still that their wedding album cant be old and dusty
  • wedding album is gorgeous

Now, he’s rounder, heavier, bearded, and long-haired, obviously tough even if he weren’t prone to wearing a COMBAT INFANTRYMAN cap, but still not the guy you picture when you see his “Disabled Veteran” license plates.

  • The statement claims that disable veteran’s look a certain way
  • rounder, heavier, bearded and long-haired people are tough people.
  • claims that disabled veterans look the opposite of what Caleb looks like

But whatever people have called it, they haven’t been likely to grasp or respect it.

  • claims that there is many names for PTSD
  • People don’t understand what happens if somebody has PTSD
  • claims that people don’t respect/ acknowledge that PTSD is real.
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