EBOOK/PDF That Good Night ï Sunita Puri
This is an informative but overly long book on palliative care "The author perhaps attempts to do a few too many things She describes her training in internal medicine then as a " author perhaps attempts to do a few too many things She describes her training in internal medicine then as a care fellow and physician provides stories of many in internal medicine then as a palliative care fellow and physician provides stories of many the dying and terminally ill patients she has worked with considers the role that religionfaithspiritual practice often play in the lives of the dying and their caregivers and finally she details the profound influence her spiritual socially committed immigrant Indian parents particularly her mother an anesthesiologist had on her development I found Dr Puri s presentation of her challenges with the families of dying patients and her struggles with medical colleagues the most compelling parts of the book Her meditations on spirituality and death as a sacred passage however became tiresome The doctor aims at being profound but at times her writing slides towards the precious Here are a couple of examples of the kind of thing I mean You imagine that each of them your patients wears a necklace of intricate intersecting circles of loss rief anger fear sadness regret You visualize this necklace hanging at their throats My Jihad: The True Story of An American Mujahid's Amazing Journey from Usama Bin Laden's Training Camps to Counterterrorism with the FBI and CIA golden andlistening under the hospital s fluorescent lights in the moments when their expressions of emotion make you want to leave the room This is a necklace that you choose to wear too What if I regarded my own death with reverence instead of fear I wondered Or even radically what if I had some sort of The Book of Leviathan gratitude for the transience of my life Would it change what I worried and cared about Wasn t it necessary to think about this when I was in the midst of building a life Or rather living my life And the I thought about mortality and what it had come to mean to others and what I thought it meant to me I realized that life was simultaneously so vast and so small It was daybreak after aood sleep and exhaustion as the stars emerged It was the first crisp bite of an apple the taste of butter on toast It was the way a tree s shadow moved along the wall of a room as the afternoon passed It was the smell of a baby s skin the feeling of a heart fluttering with anticipation or nerves It was the steady rhythm of a lover s breathing during sleep It was both solitude in a wide Nine Ghosts green field and the crowding together of bodies in a church was eually common and singular a shared tumult and a shared peace It was the many things I d ignored or half appreciated as I chased the bigger things It was infinity in a seashell I think the book would have benefited from some paring down I wish for example that there had been fewer stories of family members demanding that everything be done for the patient when it is abundantly clear that further aggressive interventions are not only futile but harmful One or two such stories are potent enough I feel as though I read dozens of them in this book The many descriptions of views from hospital windows and meals eaten on the run should have been entirely cutReservations aside I learned a lot from reading the book and Dr Puri comes across as a sincere and honestuide to this still developing field of medicine I read an advanced copy of this book and everybody must read this book It is orgeously written and on such important subject matter how we live and die and how medicine can help us far than it does Though Puri is a doctor really at heart she is an exceptional writer and she takes us into a very hidden world of what it means to care for people who are really sick and dying Her humanity and compassion shine through and her portraits of her parents and their spiritual "Beliefs Is Really A Nice Counterbalance To Her Stories About "is really a nice counterbalance to her stories about and other doctors After reading this book I am no longer afraid of dying in pain and suffering through endless medical procedures because I know someone like Dr Puri will be out there to help me she offers so much to think about and the existence of her profession is something tha. “A profound exploration of what it means for all of us to live and to die with dignity and purpose” People Magazine“Visceral and lyrical” The AtlanticAs the American born daughter of immigrants Dr Sunita Puri knew from a young age that the ulf between her parents' experiences and her own was impossible to bridge save for two elements medicine and spirituality Between days spent wa. This poem is how we can connect and identify so easily with the poet We can all appreciate how difficult it is to let a loved one oEverything about medical training and practice focuses on making the patient better
DOCTORS ARE TRAINED TO FIND THEare trained to find the of the medical problem and cure it and that s what we at the bedside expectWhat happens though with a desperately ill person when treatments don t work or stop working when one invasive procedure is tried after another another medication is prescribed and infections still surface organs still continue to fail Should doctors still prescribe tests order procedures Should patients continue to fight Should loved ones still urge that everything be doneThose are the uestions among others Dr Sunita Puri began to ask herself at the end of her medical training In this carefully written book she traces her medical journey the rueling hours doubts and career decisions while also sharing the profound influence of her parents India immigrants her mother an anesthesiologist and her father an engineer Her training focused on preserving life at all costs but the temporary nature of human life and the eternal nature of the soul a recurrent theme throughout the book taught to her and her brother from their youngest days seems in conflict with medicine The stories of her patients their experiences in the eleventh hour are seamlessly woven in as she narrates her journey into palliative medicine and what she learns from them and other palliative care providers Filled with warmth and compassion understanding the depths of patients and families sadness and The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) grief sharing her own limitations honestly and openly Dr Piri has written a book I will long remember Every chapter in this book contains information that most of us would rather avoid or postpone discussion whether the decisions are about us or our loved ones Dr Puri shares and spirals information in a way that affirms the reader s fears and her own as she readily admits she is often overwhelmed and fearful of death and helps to clarify the reader s thinking about decisions that are best made before the crisis Some ideas that resonated with me during my reading includeEconomic and social ineualities shaped her patient s lives and their deaths her patients in LA had fewer resources and abundant fear Along the way Dr Piri became an accidental linguist helping patients and families to deconstruct the layers of meaning they assign to a word or phrase such as fighter warrior do everything and miracles Does the fighter understand the complexity of the battle What does the fighter know What was worth fighting for What doesiving up mean Could there be miracles aside from curing disease What does everything done meanDying is still living simply a continuum of living this messy temporary life human and imperfectlyDeath can t strip away the meaning and lasting impact of a human life Wisdom and dignity and strength are the most essential components of the very private internal Process Of Making Peace of making peace life as part of the process of dyingFrom the Bhagevah Gita The soul wears the body like a cloth and discards it at the time of death Therefore because death stirs people to seek answers to important spiritual uestions it becomes the Riding Hard greatest servant of humanity rather than its most feared enemyIn the end the uestion or challenge remains How to we accept the lesson of mortality appreciating what we have now in the midst of life knowing that it is all a temporaryift Important stuff to think about preparea Arabian Challenge gift toive to my "family p 250 Death didn t have the power to undo a life and it s legacy "p 250 Death didn t have the power to undo a life and it s legacy perhaps the fact of death amplified life s significance This is a profoundly important read for anyone who uestions the medical interventions at the end of life It had a huge impact on my thought process regarding intervention and palliative care It was well written and such an interesting read I highly recommend it. Mpting to translate the border between medical intervention and uality of life careInterweaving evocative stories of Puri's family and the patients she cares for That Good Night is a stunning meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well arming readers with information that will transform how we communicate with our doctors about what matters most to.