Cognitive Physiological Affect
This was my last visit to Danville state and my first in the men’s unit. We arrived to the unit before most of the consumers and sat down with one consumer and a caretaker at a table. The caretaker referred to him as Pedro, but the consumer introduced himself as Paul. Once the caretaker left we asked him which name he preferred to go by and he responded Paul. We were not sure why he was being referred to as Pedro, but he did not seem to mind it. It could have been a term of endearment from the caretaker. He went to get monopoly so we (four students) could play with him. Although he spoke very softly and did not make much eye contact, he was knowledgeable about the rules of the game and seemed to understand what was going on.
While we were playing a few other consumers joined to watch. One consumer was very talkative, cheery, and sung. The singing often came out of nowhere, but he enjoyed singing and the other consumers did not mind. However, he struck me as hyperactive. We talked about football and Notre Dame because he was wearing a fighting Irish t-shirt. Not everything he said made sense, but it seemed like he had ties to Chicago, maybe family. He could hold a conversation quite well. At one point when we stopped talking he gestured towards one side of the room (and maybe one person in particular). He was very focused and I could see his fingers shaking from strain. It almost looked like he was trying to cast a spell.
Another consumer sat behind Lauren to watch the game. He repeated his words frequently. The consumer in the fighting Irish shirt commented on how often he repeats his words- he was very aware of his surroundings. The consumer who was repeating his words made a comment about being in jail after someone else was put in Monopoly jail. After talking to other members of the class after our visit I learned that he has talked about being in jail. Because his cognition seemed to be below normal, I am curious about his experience and how he was treated in jail. It was really interesting to see the stark contrasts between the three consumers we were with and how they interacted with each other.