Stay, Breathe with Me: The Gift of Compassionate Medicine
Stay, Breathe with Me is a book full of care and compassion from a long time nurse of palliative care. Helen Allison has written a wonderful book that would be of interest to palliative care workers, doctors, patients, their families, and anyone interested in learning how to treat a human being who is nearing the end of their life.
Most of us have had a visit to a hospital or clinic so we may have noticed how doctors are so invested in the cause of the illness that they often forget how to treat a person. This book tells many short stories of patients and their families, based in the Dunira Hospice, to give a stark reminder that when a person is dying, they do not suddenly become incompetent of this understanding. More often than not, they become disorientated and frightened of what is to come next. Stay, Breathe with Me reminds us that with care, gentleness, and compassion, we can allow those nearing the end of life a certain amount of dignity and understanding.
Although this is an interesting book to read, some of the language used when describing the trigger points of pain or the care required, may not be understood by everyone. Try to stick with it as the book will fill you with admiration for this team of hard working caregivers and will provide a better understanding of what palliative care is. It may also give you the hope that when our time comes, we will be taken care of just as well as the people who have shared their stories here.
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|Author||Helen Allison with Irene Allison|
|Page Count||265 pages|
|Publisher||She Writes Press|
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