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Chaldean Culture Essay

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My patient, A 35 year old first generation Chaldean American women, seemed a little reluctant to answer some of my questions, regarding her culture. During several interactions with the patient, she made minimum eye contact and gave a brief answer to my questions. When I asked my patient what language she was fluent in, she glanced at me for a second and responded "English". I later learned that most modern day Chaldean American speak English, Aramaic, and Arabic the primary language of the Iraqi nation. Many Chaldean speak "Jesus language", also known as Aramaic when communicating among themselves, while others choose to speak English instead of their mother tongue. This sparked my interest and I decided to do a little research to educate myself and this is what I learned. Chaldean Americans are descendants of people from the northern Tigris-Euphrates valley, presently located in the Middle Eastern nation of Iraq.
Religion is of most importance in the Chaldean community. As members of the Roman Catholic church, Chaldean follow the same rules and beliefs as other catholic. However, they have their own leader, and the ritual used in their mass and other ceremonies, are different from those practiced in western churches.
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My patient past surgical history is prime example of using "Western" medicine interventions to treat acute or chronic illness. She has a history of tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, and cesarean sections. When asked do she have any beliefs or practices relating to fertility, she answered " I don’t believe in birth control because children are a gift from god". I continued the conversation by asking how do she celebrate pregnancy and she stated " my sister and mother throws a big baby shower for me every time I'm getting ready to deliver". When asked about any nutritional pattern or need she would like to share, she ended our time together by saying rice is their staple
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