A First Step - Understanding Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Part one of A First Step - Understanding Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a true, blow-by-blow account of the Author's encounter, as a healthy Canadian businessman, with a rare and devastating disease, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (G.B.S. for short). It describes his seven-month long struggle for life in 'Intensive Care' after receiving a grim prognosis, and his subsequent dogged determination to overcome the effects of that disease.
The second part is devoted to short stories based on dreams and hallucinations experienced whilst he was in 'Intensive Care', which in themselves reveal something of what a patient was going through. They also serve to illustrate the narrow boundary between reality and the dream world, and which whilst making for entertaining reading, could possibly be the subject of further study.
Although the Author is a layperson, in medical terms, it is believed this book will be an important aid to medical professionals and care-givers, providing as it does, new insights and a unique perspective on the effects, not only of the disease, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, but also of the handling and care of any long-term intensive care patient, and their subsequent rehabilitation. For the curious, it will answer many questions. For G.B.S. patients and their families it should provide inspirational reading.
The foreword to the book has been written by Dr Frank Warshawski, MD, FRCPC, Director of Intensive Care, Rockyview General Hospital, Calgary. In addition to that prestigious involvement, the Author has been fortunate in receiving permission to use other material authored by exceptionally well qualified medical professionals, for which due credit is given in the 'Acknowledgements' section of the book, enabling him to produce not only an interesting publication, but an informative and educational one.
In short, a 'must read' and deserving of a place on any medical bookshelf.
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A Rare Disease Hits
What Is ThisDisorder?
What CausesGuillainBarré Syndrome?
As Bad As It Gets
Patients andTheir Televisions
The Art Importanceof Communicating
Guardian Angel in a Stetson
Heavy Snowfall Warning
HumourHas Its Place
Learning toTalk Again
Encouragement froman Unexpected Source
Some Reflectionson Life inIntensive Care
Breathing on My Own
Light at the End of the Tunnel
AnotherBig Step Forward
GBS Patients Are Neither Quadriplegics Nor Brain Damaged
A First Visit Home
Some Reflections on Life in the Rehabilitation Ward
Was GuillainBarréthe Best Name for This Syndrome?
The First Steps
Starting to Live Again
GBS Patienton a Secret Mission
Who Wants to Buy a DoubleDecker Bus?
Submariner in Trouble
Part Time Patient
The Debt Collector
Across the Great Lake
A Game of Chicken
Jet Fighters On Call
Wild Dogs Attack
Leaving the Dream World Behind
Internet Information Resources
About the Author