For readers of Atul Gawande and Jerome Groopman, a book of beautifully crafted stories about what life is like for patients kept alive by modern medical technology.Modern medicine is a world that glimmers with new technology and cutting-edge research. To the public eye, medical stories often begin with sirens and flashing lights and culminate in survival or death. But these are only the most visible narratives. As a critical care doctor treating people at their sickest, Daniela Lamas is fascinated by a different story: what comes after for those whose lives are extended by days, months, or years as a result of our treatments and technologies?In You Can Stop Humming Now, Lamas explores the complex answers to this question through intimate accounts of patients and their families. A grandfather whose failing heart has been replaced by a battery-operated pump; a salesman who found himself a kidney donor on social media; a college student who survived a near-fatal overdose and returned home, alive but not the same; and a young woman navigating an adulthood she never thought she'd live to see -- these moving narratives paint a detailed picture of the fragile border between sickness and health.Riveting, gorgeously told, and deeply personal, You Can Stop Humming Now is a compassionate, uncompromising look at the choices and realities that many of us, and our families, may one day face....
|Title||:||You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and in Between|
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You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and in Between Reviews
Not only a gifted writer but a gifted physician with compassion for her patients. She opens the question- what happens to the chronic illness patient after lifesaving efforts have enabled them to live. Is it always in the best interest of the patient and family to save someone and then have their life radically changed? Reminds us again to have discussions with family about what each person would want done. Power of attorney for health care matters and living wills are two ways to make sure you ...more
This was fine. Lamas is a capable writer and the stories are both interesting and moving. When I finished it, though, I was left not quite sure what point she was trying to make. Without a connective thread beyond "these people spent time in the ICU and only survived, when they did, due to amazing medical advances," the book felt kind of voyeuristic and exploitative. What were we supposed to take way, exactly?
Audio production also fine. A few interpretations that seemed off to me, and the volume ...more
As the patient with CF, I loved how she brought to life many of my experiences. She clearly captured all the joy, struggles, and fun in my life. I am grateful to be part of this book, and sincerely appreciate all the work she has done to bring awareness to Cystic Fibrosis.
This book was written by an ICU doctor and covered the complexities of critically ill patients and how much their hospitalizations in the ICU effect them, even after they are “okay” and have survived. I just took a class about PICS so the content of the book was so relevant and gave me insight into what a patient feels during their time in the hospital.
Dr. Lamas takes us into the world of patients who have undergone the latest technological techniques to save their lives and what life is like "after." From brain injury to lung transplants, these tales are fascinating, heart breaking and hopeful. These patients are making tough calls that truly further science but at what cost?
I really enjoyed reading this book. I appreciated the cute title that references how we ask patients to hum as we pull their central lines. I feel like I could have met so many of these patients throughout my time in the ICU, but I don’t have the opportunity to see how most of them do after they leave our doors. From Post ICU Syndrome, chronically critical illness, VAD vs. transplant, ECMO and lung transplantation, Kidney transplant over the internet, CF patients who live past their expected lif ...more
Despite the sad topic, I truly enjoyed this book. The author writes about when she was in medical school and making the rounds in the ICU. At one point, she accepts a FB friend request from a critically ill patient close to her in age. It is so she can see the photos of places he traveled. She worries about it breaking a boundary so when he writes to her, she doesn't answer. Sadly, he passes away.
Part of this book brings up the point of boundaries with professionals. Is it better to keep a safe ...more
I enjoy reading books on medicine and I enjoyed this quite a lot.
Lamas admits that she doesn't much about what happens when a critical care patient goes home, and I think that's probably true for most physicians. In fact, I'm sad to say that most probably don't know and don't even think about it. There are only so many Atul Gawandes and Jerome Groopmans to go around.
I felt that I was learning with her how medical technology and other advancements affect the daily lives of the sickest individual ...more