Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic
Ride in the back of the ambulance with Sherry Jones Mayo
Share the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. Sherry Jones Mayo has been an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergerncy Room Nurse, and an on-scene critical incident debriefer for Hurricane Katrina. Most people who have observed or experienced physical, mental or emotional crisis have single perspectives. This book allows readers to stand on both sides of the gurney; it details a progression from innocence to enlightened caregiver to burnout, glimpsing into each stage personally and professionally.
Emergency Service Professionals Praise "Confessions of a Trauma Junkie"
"A must read for those who choose to subject themselves to life at its best and at its worst. Sherry offers insight in the Emergency Response business that most people cannot imagine."
--Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling, former Commanding General, USAF Auxiliary (CAP)
"Sherry Mayo shares experiences and unique personal insights of first responders. Told with poetry, sensitivity and a touch of humor at times, all are real, providing views into realities EMTs, Nurses, and other first responders encounter. Recommended reading for anyone working with trauma, crises, critical incidents in any profession."
-- George W. Doherty, MS, LPC, President Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute
"Sherry has captured the essence of working with people who have witnessed trauma. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it helped me to understand differently the work of our Emergency Services Personnel. I consider this a 'MUST READ' for all of us who wish to be helpful to those who work in these professions."
--Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAAC, FAAETS, ICISF Instructor
"Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is an honest, powerful, and moving account of the emotional realities of helping others! Sherry Mayo gives us a privileged look into the healing professions she knows firsthand. The importance of peer support is beautifully illustrated. This book will deepen the readers respect for those who serve."
--Victor Welzant, PsyD, Director of Education and Training The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc
Learn more at www.SherryJonesMayo.com
From the Reflections of America Series
Modern History Press www.ModernHistoryPress.com
Medical: Allied Health Services - Emergency Medical Services
Biography & Autobiography: Medical - General
Psychology: Psychopathology - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Good Read about Emergency Services Personnel and what they face each day
“Confessions of a Trauma Junkie” by Sherry Jones Mayo is a tale of life as seen by emergency services personnel. The author has told this tale through the use of multiple emergency services personnel, including herself and her daughter, to shed light on this fraternity of souls and the challenges they face.
As an Emergency Medical Technician myself, this was a difficult book to read – it evoked many emotions for me as I was able to identify immediately with many of the issues. From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following a particularly difficult call, to dealing with personal issues while trying to help everyone else, each story resonated with me on a personal level. Like the ‘Other Side of the Gurney’ “We’re Not All That Tough” when the author passes out while a loved one’s hand is repaired in the ER – it’s funny how we can be superheroes when it’s someone else but not when it’s our family. I had a similar incident with my son when he had a Big Wheel accident at age 3, and was bleeding down his whole face; my neighbor (not a medical professional) had to come outside to calm me down because I couldn’t do anything but cry and scream when I saw him.
I wish my family could have read something like this when I started in the emergency services 20 years ago…I think it is a useful guide for helping our loved ones understand why we do this and the sacrifices we make to live our calling.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
© 2013 by Laura Schaumberg
I've always had an extreme interest in the field of medicine. And emergency medicine, especially. Needless to say, I was immediately drawn to this book, based only upon the title. I discovered that it totally lived up to everything the title promised.
Thinking about emergency medicine, you realize that the only "routine " in this field would be the non-routine, ever changing situations. Sherry Jones Mayo has the ability as a writer to draw you into the stories, you feel an affinity for both the workers and the patients. In truth, you do feel as if you are a passenger in the emergency vehicle with her. I can honestly say I felt the rush of adrenalin, the nervousness, the dread, the anxiety, and the humor of each situation. Emotionally, I was draw to each story, feelling drained by some, giggling at others, and actually feeling for every person in each story.
I couldn't put this book down. Ironically, 2 days after I read it, my elderly father fell at his home. My Mother telephoned me, I rushed to their home, and made the decision to place a 911 call for help. As I watched the paramedics and emt working with my father, I was able to realize what they were feeling, and know how much they wanted to help him and ease my Mom's anxiety. I felt a new respect for these people, and the tenderness and compassionate care they show strangers on a regular basis.
I have since passed this book on to four other people to read. All of them have enjoyed it tremendously, and agreed that it gives the non-medical person a rare view of the daily world of emergency medical personnel. I would consider this a must read for any one remotely considering entering this field of work, as well as anyone with an interest in medicine and the world of medical treatment. All patients would probably have a new respect for the emergency medical personnel who care for them after reading it.
I look forward to reading other books written by Sherry Jones Mayo. Her storytelling abilities are excellent, and she has a real grasp of personality, plot and writing