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Days after being run over by a truck, newspaper advertising rep Bev Richmond awakens to find herself flat on her back in Intensive Care with orthopedic and brain injuries. View from the Bedpan is Ms. Richmond's amusing, informative, and inspiring journey through hospitalization and healing. In this candid, touching book, read about outpourings of support and divine intervention. Witness the struggle for survival and the mastery of the commode. Meet nurses, hospital personnel, and a revolving cast of roommates. Learn about hospital routines, the art of summoning a nurse, and the mystery of "the closed door." Explore pain, hallucinations, and phobias, as well as the many challenges affecting long-term hospital patients. Benefit from over seventy-five helpful strategies for patients and caregivers alike. Richmond's candid look at recovery is filled with lessons in humility, determination, compassion, and hope; and in her hands, hospital life comes alive with real characters, real situations-the good and the bad. Discover what it reveals about ourselves and others. "I enjoyed it immensely. It was in parts humorous, in parts touching, in parts informative, and always engaging.... Your book speaks to the intellect.... [It] also spoke to my emotions. I laughed, I cried, and I marveled. In short, I think that it is a grabber. It is a book that many can benefit from reading." ~John Kumpf, Executive Director, Ontario Brain Injury Association. "A good, useful book. A pleasure to read. Uplifting." ~Marjorie Green, Writer-in-Residence, Toronto & Central Ontario Branch, Canadian Authors Association. "An entertaining mix of the good and bad, the negatives and the positives. Excellent job. Everyone in the hospital situation is included; gave recognition and credit where due." ~Carole Vincent, President, Brain Injury Association Quinte District. "Well-written with an appealing lightness and humour. It showed great strength and wisdom... full of encouragement. This is an amazing and moving saga." ~M. Darlington, artist and writer.
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