Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Confessions of a Trauma Junkie - Sherry Jones Mayo

~ My Life as a Nurse Paramedic ~

Sherry Jones Mayo has worked most of her life in the emergency medical field, as an ER nurse, paramedic and critical incident debriefer for both civilian and military employers.

Mayo explores and shares her own life story, from the initial inkling that she wanted to be involved in healing (as a youngster she brought home a dead dog and put it in her mother's bed so she could 'make it better') to the present day. Her daughter has followed in her footsteps, working emergency situations as well. We are privy to her personal problems, struggles and solutions, dealt with using her own personal tenacity and the strength of her faith.

Sherry has gathered stories from other medical personnel as well. I was totally captured by these tales. Many are heartbreaking, reinforcing the strength needed to deal on a daily basis with the unexpected. Others are laugh out loud funny - especially those from the emergency room.

Confessions of a Trauma Junkie takes an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes and the toll it extracts from those who serve the public. It also celebrates the joy and satisfaction that come from that same service.

Mayo writes with great honesty and the pride she takes in her profession shines through her writing. If I was ever in need of medical help, I'd want Sherry on my side.

As Sherry says " I held her life in my hands as God held my hand steadily over hers. These are the moments that reaffirm why we do what we do, and renew pride in our profession as one of doing the type of work that not everyone was meant to do, but that some of us are privileged to do."

Thanks to Loving Healing Press for the review copy.


Patti V. said...

Sounds very interesting!

bermudaonion said...

I bet there are some great stories in that book - people in the ER probably see everything!

Ladytink_534 said...

I've never liked hospitals yet I enjoy books and movies like this, go figure! This sounds really neat, thanks!

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Becca said...

What an interesting sounding book! I bet my sister would love it. She has worked at the hospital for years and is going to school for medical office management. She loves this kind of stuff. I am going to share this with her. Thanks for the review, Luanne!