One admirable trait of the culture of Knox County that we have experienced with our work with patients in the Stinking Creek and Flat Lick communities these past fifty years was helping families take care of the patients within the limitations of their homes.
This most certainly included delivering babies in the homes, postnatal care and, at times, teaching the families to care for the new born. More than once Peggy taught a family how to care for a premature baby by making an incubator out of a cardboard box using quart canning jars filled with hot water for much needed warmth. Sometimes that meant someone needed to stay up all night to keep a fire in the cook stove even in the summer time. I also recall one mother so excited over having the birth of a daughter. But sadly that mother, who loved to work outside in her garden, for twenty years had to care for a child who was robbed of the chance to develop normally.
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