I was watching Kill Bill earlier today, and it brought to mind a question.
In the movie, Uma Thurman awakens from a 4-year coma. When she attempts to step out of bed, she falls to the floor because of the atrophy in her leg muscles. While she’s on the ground, you can clearly see that her legs are clean-shaven.
Now, I know that this is Hollywood, and not reality. And Ms. Thurman probably shaved her legs the day of the shoot, or sometime soon before.
But it made me wonder:
Do hospitals have someone who goes around to comatose females and routinely shaves their legs and armpits (this is more of an American question than a worldwide question…I know that some countries - and some American females, as well - don’t adhere to the same hygenic standards as Americans do)? What about trimming finger- and toe-nails? Cut their hair? Wash their hair? Is this supposed to be the responsibility of the hospital, or one of the patient’s family?
My mother is a nurse in a nursing home, and I’ve asked her these questions, but that seems more specific to geriatrics than a comatose patient, as some of her patients do have the ability to at least help in their grooming.