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on 31 October 2007
Another reviewer was very negative about this book and doubts the credibility of this author as she can't spell warfarin. That reviewer missed the point entirely. This book is about in essence a man who died because a nurse neglected to give Mr. Steane a drink of water. This book deserves more than the one star it was grudginly given- it deserves the entire sky at night. The story broke my heart- as a nurse, I thought of all those times I wasn't as attentive as I could or should have been- and it made me commit to be a better more thorough nurse. The story is credible, if you have experience in healthcare (anmd story telling)- as I do (I bet you do too, One-star-reviewer, but I hope its in veterinary science), you can see the progression... you can see the story unfold- and its not in it's spelling- its in the heart of this young man, a father of two brave sons, whose life was destroyed by systematic neglect. I bet the nurse involved could spell warfarin... but that didn't matter because she didn't care. Same with Ms. One Star Reviewer.... she can spell, but she didn't feel a thing. All the more shame for her. If you are a nurse, or a healthcare professional, or someone who can influence care, read this book. Expect spelling errors and a raw, truthful story that reflects the love and dignity of a wife and mother as she watches her husband slip through her fingers because the NHS failed them both.
This should not be missed- and should be required reading for all NHS staff. The story is tragically too true for far too many people: most nurses are good hardworking people, but the other gift the story gives is the power in speakign up, refusing to accept what you are told when you know its wrong- just as I have done with Msz One Star Reviewer.
Ms. One Star Reviewer, you are just like one of the nurses- you are right, spot on, there are spelling errors. Perfect you! Should have had better editing- but different kinds of publishers have different resources and this one obviously was on a shoe string- that does not change the story. How can you ignore what this family went through? How can you try to poison the world against this story?That reviewer was so doubtful of the value of this book as evidence as it was spelt wrong- instead of seeing the value in the honest, gritty story, as we are let right into the heart of this brave and wounded woman: evidence doesn't get any more real than this. Same reason the staff discredited Mrs Steane when she said... "I know my husband and they didn't listen- because they thought themselves better than someone else." Someday, when you are in the bed and no one listens to you, spelling HELP ME properly won't get you anywhere if the nurse or doctor or administrator doesn't listen. This book is the most moving story I have ever heard. I pray I am never the kind of nurse who allows this to happen. Read this book; it will make you cry, make you scream, make you horrified, make you cringe, but it will not make you think "This couldn't really happen- she spelled Warfarin wrong..." It will be the last thought that enters your mind. Well done, Amanda.
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