Standing On His Own Two Feet: A Diary Of Dying by Sue Grant

By Sue Grant

Alexander had simply started his experiences at collage whilst he was once clinically determined with an extraordinary bone melanoma. during this sincere account, Alex's mom strains the impression of the prognosis most of the time kinfolk and descriptions the problems that arose in the course of prognosis, therapy and terminal levels of her son's ailment. status on His personal toes deals an perception into how well-being care structures serve the terminally in poor health, the alternatives confronted by way of households, and methods of offering the very best care at domestic and conserving the patient's dignity until eventually the top. specifically, Sue supply bargains sensitively with the care wishes of teens. Portraying a family members of admirable resilience and power, this inspiring and relocating booklet bargains help and useful counsel for anyone encountering terminal sickness and offers worthwhile dialogue issues for all nursing, healthiness and social care execs.

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We can go home,’ he told me in a matter-of-fact tone. But of course. I’d known all along that this knee business was a nuisance and nothing more. Back to the GP, I thought, remembering that we had not yet received the lab results. Alexander looked straight into my eyes. BACK TO SQUARE ONE 43 ‘We’re going home. It’s cancer. Bone cancer. We have to go home, pick up my things and come straight back. ’ He appeared calm and unconcerned, relieved even. Osteosarcoma. I rolled the word around in my head.

The doctor at the outpatient department said little. He wanted a CAT scan carried out immediately at a nearby centre and supplied Alexander with a pair of turquoise-coloured crutches sporting red reflectors on the handles. In our hypertension we thought that hysterically funny and roared with nervous laughter at the idea of Alexander hobbling around outside in the dark with flashing crutches. By the time the scans were ready, consultation hours at the hospital had finished. We had to bide our time until the following morning.

Alexander saved his pocket money for the better part of the year for these visits. Here were books, rows and rows of them, so many that you had to hold your breath in order to pass oncoming browsers, and, best of all, they fell within his purchasing power as they were nearly all second hand. Of course he could have bought them elsewhere too. But he loved the smell and intimate atmosphere of this bookstore. Natty and Ben would make their selections in a reasonable time frame and itched to go for lunch.

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