50 Years in the OR: True Stories of Life, Loss, and Laughter While Giving Anesthesia
Reviewed By: Susan Keefe
Susan Keefe reviews and promotes poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and is also author of the Toby's Tails series of children's books.
Ronald Whitchurch, the author of this fascinating book, is now retired and living in Florida with his wife Lonni. As an already qualified RN he went on to graduate from the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia, and began working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in 1971.
I have to admit that I have only been anesthetised once, when I had my daughter, so I hadn’t really thought very much about what an anaesthetist does. I suppose I thought they just put people to sleep when they had operations, and then ensured they came around afterwards. I really didn’t appreciate how varied, hands-on, and difficult their work was. And, I must admit having that one and only experience of anesthesia, I asked the same question as the lady in the entertaining chapter titled ‘Worried I Won’t Wake Up.’
The author really does tells a lovely story. Immediately he captivated me, and drew me into his world as an anesthetist, and I can tell you, it was a real eye-opener. There were so many incredible stories to read about, some were of the ‘you’d have to be there to believe it,’ variety, others were rather graphic, and some made you laugh. It was very difficult to pick a favorite, but one of mine had to be the ‘Three Tattoo Stories.’ You’ll have to read it to understand why, but it will make you smile…
I was also to discover that there were some life lessons thrown in to the stories, the one which most surprised me was the very sad and unpleasant chapter named ‘Brushing Teeth.’
The author doesn’t pull his punches. In this revealing book, the readers are treated to graphic descriptions of real events, and their outcomes, good or bad. However, I have to say that if you, like me, enjoy reading ‘true stories,’ and are interested in other people’s lives and careers, then this book is a real treat, and there’s even a glossary of terms at the back. Highly recommended!
Author’s Website: https://50yearsintheor.com/
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