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The Last Collaboration: a weird and Not-very-funny story about a death in a glitzy glassy Hospital that just completed a $64 million modernization program Paperback – June 22, 2012
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Martha Deed is an enlightened strategist - her story not for the faint of heart. But in between her multi-tasking roles of researcher, writer, patient advocate and psychologist, I find her role as mother to an extremely complicated daughter an extraordinary one. There are many reasons to read this book. One is that very few people will be able to avoid a hospital stay at some point in their life and another is that someone you know and love is likely to be hospitalized as well. Stating the obvious perhaps, but how prepared will you be? Consider The Last Collaboration a resource for you and yours before a crisis hits, well worth the journey.
Although the pathway Millie took to death was much more convoluted than the one my 19-year old son took in 2002, the milestones are familiar to me. There is sudden bad news, there is fear - fear that the parent did not do all things the parent could - fear of speaking up to "authority." There is arrogance in some providers, illegible records, cover ups, blaming the patient and, finally, learning things you wish you never found out. There is looking back to the good days when death was not on the doorstep of your child and, at the end, profound grief when the "miracle" of death forever tears your heart. The experience Ms. Deed gives the reader is emotional and it is poetry.
Ms. Deed weaves together a tapestry of words - some by her, some by Millie, and some by those who would heal Millie. This is medical misadventure laced with anguished prose and cries for help. The collaboration between mother and daughter is deeply personal and worth experiencing for yourself. You might ask, "Why is that experience so important to me since I do not plan to lose a child to poor-quality medical care?"
What you must understand is that many of us, perhaps most of us, will experience a journey not unlike the one Millie took before death gave her peace.Read more ›
Interlaced with poetry, this book uniquely reveals the common bond mother and daughter shared through their profound literary visions of life.
Martha's efforts to discover and untangle the complex web of documentation that more often than not served the interest of negligent caregivers rather than the patient, revealingly tells the story of a medical system fraught with low standards, disinterested healthcare workers, and people who demonstrate no compunction at covering up their mistakes, and worse.
But The Last Collaboration is not just another woeful tale of a largely broken healthcare system, it is also a celebration of life and the profound and sacred value of each individual.
Through Martha's painstaking efforts, mother and daughter have created a legacy that is painful, poignant, and important. It is a book that should be required reading in medical schools.
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A truly sad story told from a distinctly one-sided version of the truth. The book is confusing and frustrating and not sure of the author's intent. Finally gave up and put it away.Published on May 19, 2013 by spsanders
If you want to read a personal story about "death by hospital," backed up by research and statistics, and filled with poetry and photos, please look for "The Last Collaboration" by... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Jane S.