Don't Curse the Nurse!

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If I step away from nursing to write about a book, it means I really liked it. I mean, a lot.

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After reading What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty, I was on a roll.

The humorous and poignant side of amnesia, deftly embedded in Miss Moriarty’s novel, tickled me and at the same time, made me reflect on some things in my life that I’d rather not remember.

It felt sooooo good to once again make time to read!

I inhaled the story, let the laundry basket overflow, opted for Subway sandwiches in lieu of home cooking, and finished it in a week. Then I went to my Kindle store and typed in Every Note Played by Lisa Genova, the neuroscientist / genius writer that wrote Still Alice. (‘Alice’ – eh, a quirky coincidence).

About the story:

Divorced couple Alice and famous pianist Richard end up living together when his ALS becomes impossible to hide and, of course, makes it impossible for him to live independently. Alice is not portrayed as a martyr, and Richard’s character is given the depth to help readers understand how his love for music left no room for anyone else.

The internal narrative of Richard’s grief as he loses mobility in his hands — hands that once played Mozart, made hundreds applaud — you’ll feel his pain.

Alice, she’s also a pianist. That’s how they met. She made choices, and she had a secret. When it was revealed, the marriage ended. Two years pass before they are reluctantly placed under the same roof. The author does an amazing job pulling you into the story.

She also does a fantastic job of explaining in detail how ALS robs you of everything. However, it doesn’t rob you of the ability to forgive. And when forgiveness begins, love returns.

Alice and Richard’s journey through ALS to the end, it’s not romanticized. ALS is mean. It takes everything from you, right down to your last breath.

Read the book anyway. ALS is not the star of the show, Alice and Richard are.

 

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Ten Reasons You Should Read My Blog

  1. I make a solemn oath not to gross you out with any vivid description of body excrement or organs pulled from open incisions.
  2. When I digress into random musings and come up with poetry, it’s rare. And, that’s good. My poetry leaves much to be desired.
  3. Somewhere in here is good advice about how to prepare for your colonoscopy, haha.
  4. I will only make fun of myself, not my patients.
  5. I reveal at least two good secrets.
  6. This is your chance to see what makes a nurse tick.
  7. I may take care of you someday; complimenting my writing will get you everywhere.
  8. Surfing the Web will give you Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, I swear, it will. This is better.
  9. People think nurses are always so serious. Read some of my posts. I’ll prove that theory  wrong.
  10. And #10, my mother says it’s good, and she’s a tough critic. If she likes it, you should too.
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This Shouldn’t Hurt

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“Living alone has its moments of self-pity and paranoia.”

Ouch.

It was the third sentence in the sixth paragraph of chapter two in The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes. And the truth of it made me gasp.

I’ve done the living alone part for several years. I get it.

I also know that you can be in a room with dozens of people and still feel alone. Its vogue now – they call us “Introverts”. I like “Empaths” ( Thank you HolisticWayfarer@wordpress.com )

I almost stopped reading.

I know that good writing is supposed to do this, make you feel more human, but that ‘humanness’ comes with pain.

It is also quoted in several writing journals that you not only need to write much, you need to read much.

And reading, as noted above, brings pain.

So, to write well means to be willing to be in pain.

O.K

 

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