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Autumn's Grace Paperback – May 30 2013
About the Author
- Publisher : Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series; 1st Edition (May 30 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1926708881
- ISBN-13 : 978-1926708881
- Item weight : 458 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.83 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This novel will provide the reader with a deep understanding and appreciation of what "dying" is like for the patient and their family, and what is needed for a "good death". Since all of us have a terminal diagnosis, it is wise to be prepared, for ourselves and our loved ones. Ms. Lendrum provides an excellent "User's Guide" to the inevitable!
As an overall theme: "Simple courtesy. That was all it took to keep a person from being swallowed up by an institution." (Pg.22) is one that would resonate with anyone who has had to deal with serious medical issues in a profession that vowed "to do no harm' only to come upon `professionals' who appear to have no concept of what this means.
While the manuscript could have done with one more edit those small mistakes have not taken away from the very moving & informative text.
The story relates the struggle of one family dealing with their 75 year old father & husband's recent diagnoses of cancer. The father, a veterinary surgeon, this particular family was among the fortunate with two daughters highly placed in the nursing profession & a son also a veterinary surgeon. This combined medical knowledge was of great assistance as the family navigated a medical system that is not always kind to those without connections or inside knowledge. A thought that will not be of any comfort to those without said connections &/or inside knowledge.
Some revelations about the nursing profession were startling: "Eighty percent of practicing nurses haven't even been to university. Which means that we have people who've graduated from the non-academic stream in high school, taken two years of community college, and now are charged with the responsibility of managing the welfare of other people's lives." ... "And not only are there more sick people for nurses to care for but there are now fewer managers to support nurses." ... "That means that there are nursing staff who haven't had the benefit of mentoring from dedicated nurse managers. They enter as novices, most become competent and some go on to become proficient. And proficient isn't good enough when you have a complex, unpredictable environment. We need experts." (Pg.215). "Minimum standards have never struck me as being quality care." (Pg.216).
"Meanwhile cost cutting continued, nursing positions were lost and space was made for "multi-skilled" aides - people taken off the streets and given a year's worth of training and then sent in to assist in the care of patients." (Pg.283).
This is a riveting & heart-wrenching depiction of one family's ordeal in coping with terminal illness. It is not recreational reading by any means. It is not going to leave you with much confidence in the system that you are bound to deal with at some point, like it or not, but I believe it is probably factual & may pave the way to know what to expect should the occasion arrive.
In the end, especially after a long & difficult illness, one is left with the feeling: "So that's it! That's all there is." (Pg.395).
It is probably unfair of me to give this book only 3 stars because I found it hard to deal with the truths it provided, but I found it impossible to give 4 stars to say that I `liked' it.
If the author should be aware of this review I hope she will not take it personally because I do see the relevance of the text & am gratified that such a book has been written in order to inform the public. I appreciate the knowledge I have gained by reading about a medical system that is in need of as much healing as any cancer patient. But I simply don't have it in me to say that I `liked' it.