My Name Is Ben, and Im a Nurse / Addict

Author: Benjamin D. Cox

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1477210563

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 210

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I am writing to save my life; it’s the only thing that helps, like therapy in a way. I feel like a nurse again with a critical patient, but there is no doc on call, and the patient is me with severe chest pain. The computer desk is my stretcher, coffee is my nitro spray, cigarettes are my O2, and my pen is my IV. No morphine to numb the pain anymore though. My journal is my ECG and rhythm shows ventricular fibrillation. The laptop is my crash cart...clear...c’mon Ben...ECG still shows in v-fib...clear....../\....../\....../\......normal sinus rhythm...he’s OK...you’re...OK...it’s OK. Your family is here Ben, its over now and you’re going to be alright...I’m going to be alright...

My Name Is Ben, and I'm a Nurse / Addict

Author: Benjamin D. Cox

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1477210555

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 214

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I am writing to save my life; it's the only thing that helps these days. I feel like a nurse again with a critical patient, except there's no Doctor on call, and the patient is me. The Computer desk is my stretcher, Coffee is my nitro spray, Cigarettes are my O2, and my pen is my IV............but there's no morphine to numb the pain anymore. My journal is my ECG and rhythm shows ventricular fibrillation, the laptop is my crash cart............Clear..........C'mon Ben...ECG still shows in v-fib...............clear......./\............/\............/\....... Normal Sinus Rhythm.............He's OK...You're...OK....... it's OK.............your families here Ben, It's over now, and you're going to be all right.............. I'm going to be all right.......

My name is Ben, and I?m a Nurse / Addict

Author: Benjamin D. Cox

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1477210571

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 214

View: 6119

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I am writing to save my life; it's the only thing that helps these days. I feel like a nurse again with a critical patient, except there's no Doctor on call, and the patient is me. The Computer desk is my stretcher, Coffee is my nitro spray, Cigarettes are my O2, and my pen is my IV............but there's no morphine to numb the pain anymore. My journal is my ECG and rhythm shows ventricular fibrillation, the laptop is my crash cart............Clear..........C'mon Ben...ECG still shows in v-fib...............clear......./\............/\............/\....... Normal Sinus Rhythm.............He's OK...You're...OK....... it's OK.............your families here Ben, It's over now, and you're going to be all right.............. I'm going to be all right.......

Love Unbroken

Author: Susan Thesenga

Publisher: Fearless Books

ISBN: 145247656X

Category: Drug addicts

Page: N.A

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No Way to Run

A Mother and Son Story of Surviving Abuse

Author: Holly Crichton

Publisher: Caitlin Press

ISBN: 9781987915181

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

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On September 3, 2010, the RCMP in Grande Prairie, Alberta, received a 911 call from Mat Crichton about a shooting on a local farm. Seconds later, miles from home, Holly Crichton got a shocking call from her son. I just shot Dad, Mat told her. The violent end to a violent situation came as no surprise to the community; Holly and her sons had been living in terror from the abuse of her husband for many years. Surprisingly, when Holly and her youngest son were disabled in separate accidents, the abuse did not subside it only escalated. Fiercely protective of her younger son, Holly rarely left the farm. But in time, Mat met and married a woman he loved, moving into a house on the family s land. Encouraged by a family friend, Holly pushed her worries aside one September long weekend and set off with the friend for a music festival. She was there when Mat s call reached her. As she raced to Mat s side, she vowed that the vicious cycle of domestic violence that had claimed her husband s life would not claim her son s as well. But in a shocking turn of events, the police characterized the elderly father as the victim, and the son, Mat, as the aggressor. The community turned out in full force to prevent Mat from being convicted on a firstdegree murder charge, and eventually the sentence was reduced to manslaughter. With an incredible support team of friends, neighbours and lawyers surrounding her, Holly mounted an epic effort on her son s behalf. No Way to Run is Holly Crichton s story of tenacity, hope, love and courage and a remarkable testament to the power of community. Crichton s humour and unending reserve of hope and perseverance is an extraordinary example of a woman and her children s choice to survive."

The Normal Heart

Author: Larry Kramer

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573619939

Category: Drama

Page: 107

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Full Length, Drama Characters: 8 male, 1 female Unit set. A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man's lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Produced to acclaim in New York, London and Los Angeles, The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease. "An angry, unremitting and gripping piece of political theatre."-New York Daily News "Like the best social playwrights, Kramer produces a cross fire of life and death energies that illuminate the many issues and create a fierce and moving human drama."-Newsweek

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

The Glass Castle

A Memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Ranger Games

A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime

Author: Ben Blum

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0385538448

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 9596

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"A gloriously good writer...Ranger Games is both surprising and moving...A memorable, novelistic account."—Jennifer Senior, New York Times Intricate, heartrending, and morally urgent, Ranger Games is a crime story like no other Alex Blum was a good kid, a popular high school hockey star from a tight-knit Colorado family. He had one goal in life: endure a brutally difficult selection program, become a U.S. Army Ranger, and fight terrorists for his country. He poured everything into achieving his dream. In the first hours of his final leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex was supposed to fly home to see his family and beloved girlfriend. Instead, he got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery... The question that haunted the entire Blum family was: Why? Why would he ruin his life in such a spectacularly foolish way? At first, Alex insisted he thought the robbery was just another exercise in the famously daunting Ranger program. His attorney presented a case based on the theory that the Ranger indoctrination mirrored that of a cult. In the midst of his own personal crisis, and in the hopes of helping both Alex and his splintering family cope, Ben Blum, Alex’s first cousin, delved into these mysteries, growing closer to Alex in the process. As he probed further, Ben began to question not only Alex, but the influence of his superior, Luke Elliot Sommer, the man who planned the robbery. A charismatic combat veteran, Sommer’s manipulative tendencies combined with a magnetic personality pulled Ben into a relationship that put his loyalties to the test.

Tears of My Angel

A Memoir of Love, Hope, and Lost Dreams

Author: Benedetta Lino

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475906615

Category: Self-Help

Page: 178

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Life is unpredictable. When we least expect it, it can be changed forever. That moment came for author Benedetta Lino when her one-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the possible result of a serious adverse reaction to the DPT vaccination. Yet in the years to come, Benedetta refused to give up hope and refused to let her daughter experience anything less than true and unconditional love. Heartwarming, yet bittersweet, Tears of My Angel recounts the years of struggle, pain, love, and hope that the Lino family endured. Benedetta recounts the early years of her daughters life, of the numerous tests and hospital stays, until the diagnosis ?nally came in 1985. But from that moment on, things only became more di?cult. As Benedetta and her husband learned to care for their daughter in the comfort of their home, they found strength in each other and in the love they had for Laura. As the years passed, and the normal milestones of a childs life passed with-out being celebrated, the family instead celebrated the beauty of life, of Lauras courage, and of the power of love. Tears of My Angel inspires, educates, and encourages, but most of all, it rea?rms the ability of hope and love to sustain us through our darkest days.

Psychiatric Nursing Certification Review Guide for the Generalist and Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse

Author: Victoria Mosack

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 1449610935

Category: Medical

Page: 290

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Developed especially for practicing nurses preparing for the certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Psychiatric Nursing Certification Review Guide for the Generalist and Advanced Practice Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse provides a succinct, yet comprehensive review of the core material. This book has been organized to give the reviewer test taking strategies and techniques and sample test questions, which are intended to serve as an introduction to the testing arena. In addition, a bibliography is included for those who need a more in depth discussion of the subject matter in each chapter. The Third Edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect current guidelines and information from the latest version of the DSM IV-TR. The medications and use of medications has also been updated to reflect proper usage and doses.

The Biology of Desire

Why Addiction Is Not a Disease

Author: Marc Lewis

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610394380

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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The psychiatric establishment in the Western world has unanimously branded addiction a brain disease. And the idea that an addict has an incurable illness, as opposed to a contemptible moral weakness, has served an historically important role in changing how addiction is understood, researched, and treated throughout the world. But as renowned developmental neuroscientist and recovered addict Marc Lewis argues in this illuminating, compelling, likely controversial book, addiction is not in fact a disease. Addiction, whether to drugs, alcohol, gambling, food, sex, or cigarettes, is rather a developmental learning process resulting from the normal functioning of the human brain. Through vividly rendered, compassionate stories of five addicts, interpreted in the light of state-of-the-art neuroscientific knowledge, Lewis shows how the compulsion to use arises in a brain that is highly efficient in pursuing singular goals. He reveals addiction as an unfortunate twist of fate for a brain doing what it’s designed to do—seek pleasure and relief—in a world that’s not cooperating. He shows that recovery from addiction is indeed possible,and that it is nothing like remission from a disease, because brain physiology doesn't need to change for addicts to get better. The Biology of Desire is vital and enlightening reading for anyone who has wrestled with addiction themselves, in their families, or as a medical or treatment professional. It illuminates a path to more effective treatment for addicts, and limns the essential requirements for individual recovery. Combining clearly rendered scientific explanation with insight, compassion, and even humor, Lewis boldly challenges us all to re-examine our approach to addiction, and whether the metaphors we've used to explain it have now become obstacles to healing.

Loving Ben Cooper

Author: C. C. Monroe

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781548223212

Category:

Page: 312

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Sadie Christ is my redeemer, the drive behind my moral compass, he leads me down every road-the righteous road. My heart full of love, my body pure and untouched, my words clean, my body modest. I do all things because I believe in my Christian faith and I believe that my life has been planned out for me. I will meet the perfect man of God, one who will give me a family and a wholesome life. There is no room for anything less, no room for speed bumps or road blocks. Except for the one man who threw a wrench in my spinning tire. The one man who made me question my faith and what true faith really is. Ben Cooper-my very own sinner. Ben Each blow to the face feels glorious, I crave the pain of each punch from my back alley opponent. The high I get from each fight that I antagonize is the same high I get when I strum my guitar and hit the high notes in the microphone. That rush is just like the pain I feel with the blows I take. Violence is my decadence and music is my redemption. I love beautiful women, the taste of whiskey on my tongue, and the smell of tobacco on my breath. I'm a man with no morals and no plan to my madness. I'm a man with only the promise of the day I'm in. Until I find the most beautiful melody, dressed in full clothes and a cross around her neck. Sadie McCallister-my very own saint.

Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End

Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 1627790551

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Stay Close

A Mother's Story of Her Son's Addiction

Author: Libby Cataldi

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312538781

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 306

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During his early teens, Jeff Bratton started using drugs. At first, alcohol and pot, but quickly he spiraled into using cocaine, ketamine, crystal meth and eventually heroin. How could this wonderful son, loving brother, and star athlete lose himself to drugs? How could his parents be so clueless? How could his mother, the long-term head of a private school, be so blind? “Stagli vicino”, an Italian recovering addict told the author. “Stay close—never leave him, even when he is most unlovable.” This is not a book about saving a child. It is a book about what it means to stay close to a loved one gripped by addiction. It is about one son who came home and one mother who never gave up hope. Stay Close is one mother’s tough, honest, and intimate tale that chronicles her son’s severe drug addiction, as it corroded all relationships from the inside out. It is a story of deep trauma and deep despair, but also of deep hope—and healing. Here is Libby Cataldi’s story about dealing with addiction without withdrawing love, learning to trust again while remaining attuned to lies, and the cautious triumph of staying clean one day at a time. He told her, “Mom, never quit believing.” And she didn’t.

Patient

The True Story of a Rare Illness

Author: Ben Watt

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802192033

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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In the summer of 1992, on the eve of an American tour, Ben Watt, one half of the Billboard-topping pop duo Everything But The Girl, was taken to a London hospital complaining of chest pain. He didn’t leave for two and a half months. Watt had developed a rare life-threatening disease that initially baffled doctors. By the time he was allowed home, his ravaged body was forty-six pounds lighter and he was missing most of his small intestine. Watt injects pathos and humor into his medical nightmare, writing about his childhood, reflecting on his family and on his shared life with band member and partner Tracey Thorn. The result is a provocative and affecting memoir about life, illness, and survival.

Rent

The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical

Author: Jonathan Larson

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781557837370

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 141

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(Applause Libretto Library). Finally, an authorized libretto to this modern day classic! Rent won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score for Jonathan Larson. The story of Mark, Roger, Maureen, Tom Collins, Angel, Mimi, JoAnne, and their friends on the Lower East Side of New York City will live on, along with the affirmation that there is "no day but today." Includes 16 color photographs of productions of Rent from around the world, plus an introduction ("Rent Is Real") by Victoria Leacock Hoffman.

The Basketball Diaries

Author: Jim Carroll

Publisher: Turtleback

ISBN: 9780613132619

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 210

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Written between the ages of twelve and fifteen, this diary tells the story of Jim Carroll, a kid growing up stealing, hustling, getting high, playing basketball, and trying to find something pure on the streets of New York

Call Me Debbie

True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva

Author: Deborah Voigt

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062118293

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 2002

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Internationally beloved opera star Deborah Voigt recounts her harrowing and ultimately successful private battles to overcome the addictions and self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her life. Call Me Debbie is one of the most electrifying performances of Deborah Voigt’s life. The brilliantly gifted opera soprano takes us behind the velvet curtains to tell her compelling story—a tale of success, addiction, music, and faith as dramatic as any role she has performed. For the first time, she talks about the events that led to her dangerous gastric bypass surgery in 2004 and its shocking aftermath: her substantial weight loss coupled with the “cross addiction” that led to severe alcoholism, frightening all-night blackouts, and suicide attempts. Ultimately, Voigt emerged from the darkness to achieve complete sobriety, thanks to a twelve-step program and a recommitment to her Christian faith. Colored by hilarious anecdotes and juicy gossip that illuminate what really goes on backstage, Voigt paints diverting portraits of the artists with whom she’s worked, her most memorable moments onstage, and her secrets to great singing. She also offers fascinating insight into the roles she’s played and the characters she loves, including Strauss’s Ariadne and Salome, Puccini’s Minnie, and Wagner’s Sieglinde, Isolde, and Brünnhilde, sharing her intense preparation for playing them. Filled with eight pages of color photos, Call Me Debbie is an inspirational story that offers a unique look into the life of a modern artist and a remarkable woman.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

50th Anniversary Edition

Author: Ken Kesey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101575271

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of a counterculture classic with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Now in a new deluxe edition with a foreword by Chuck Palahniuk and cover by Joe Sacco, here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them all imprisoned. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.