"I was riveted from the first page," was the reaction of a senior health professional to this first-person account of a traumatically injured patient, a collaterally damaged family and their multi-year relationship with many health professionals. Rare is such a riveting first-person, minute-by-minute account; rarer still, by a father. Readers will take away the story, suspense, drama, and knowledge for present and future use-including To Do lists. One item is how professionals and families can use techniques such as blood harmony-entrainment-to save and heal the traumatically injured, acutely ill and collaterally damaged family. If you are preparing health care courses, this compelling book will provide new insights, and stimulate thought and discussion in key practice areas. It has been augmented by and for health professionals and educators. ... it is captured as a whole lived experience, including the explainable, the frightening, the joyful and the mysterious. It is the story before analysis, before explanation and before the extraction of "useful" guidance for professionals that captures the heart. Read the words, see his family and yours and marvel at your good fortune to have this account. Learning will follow. David A. Gass, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Professor Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University ... This vivid and powerful book about a real life experience is filled with valuable insights and lessons that are certain to help patients, families and health professional alike to improved patient outcomes and experiences within the healthcare system. Cliff Nordal, Shared President and CEO (Retired) London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care ... It is essential for health care professionals to learn about and understand the lived experiences of both patients and family members in order to provide compassionate care .... Cheryl Isaak, RN, MSN, Associate Dean, Specialty Nursing British Columbia Institute of Technology ... book of compelling nature, capturing attention, giving goose bumps at times.... We can all identify with it. The anguish and struggle of its characters to be better, to do better, to reach higher is a recipe for ongoing spiritual growth of everyone who is intent on growing and a reminder to those who are missing the opportunity. Dr. J. N. Vanek, MD, Psychotherapist This minute-by-minute account is enriched by anecdotes and revelations behind the social media public face; and analysis, observations and recommendations. Miraculously the traumatically injured patient provides an epilogue-3 years into the journey. The book directly empowers and challenges readers to be-and use-the power of one. Also it affirms those called to health care. Six months before the book was completed a nursing school committed to adding the text to courses and an association of health professionals commissioned an article for their newsletter and promoted the book to their members. Health care course appropriateness -Psychology (health, developmental, social ) -Sociology -Acute and critical care and recovery -Acquired brain injury (ABI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) -Patient and family treatment and management Subjects addressed -4 years of observations and lessons -Treating the collaterally damaged family by engaging them as part of the health care team -Using the family's unique sensory linkages (blood harmony or entrainment) between patient and family members in order to reach through comas to save and heal patients -Neuroplasticity Benefits provided to health professionals, patients and families -Enhancing outcomes-patient, family, health professionals and society -Putting to use under-used assets: family members -Implementable immediately -No cost -Thinking outside the box -Challenging and empowering both new and experienced health professionals. Donate returns to a hospital's NeuroTrauma, critical or acute care unit or a nursing school.
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