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Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic (Reflections of America Series) Paperback – June 1, 2009
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"A must read for those who choose to subject themselves to life at its best and at its worst. Sherry offers insight in the Emergency Response business that most people cannot imagine."
--Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling, former Commanding General, USAF Auxiliary (CAP)
"Sherry Mayo shares experiences and unique personal insights of first responders. Told with poetry, sensitivity and a touch of humor at times, all are real, providing views into realities EMTs, Nurses, and other first responders encounter. Recommended reading for anyone working with trauma, crises, critical incidents in any profession."
-- George W. Doherty, MS, LPC, President Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute
"Sherry has captured the essence of working with people who have witnessed trauma. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it helped me to understand differently the work of our Emergency Services Personnel. I consider this a 'MUST READ' for all of us who wish to be helpful to those who work in these professions."
--Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAAC, FAAETS, ICISF Instructor
"Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is an honest, powerful, and moving account of the emotional realities of helping others! Sherry Mayo gives us a privileged look into the healing professions she knows firsthand. The importance of peer support is beautifully illustrated. This book will deepen the readers respect for those who serve."
--Victor Welzant, PsyD, Director of Education and Training The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc
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As I am a Patient Liaison in UCLA Emergency Medicine, Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, and a UCLA Healthcare employee, I loved the book. Many times tears came to my eyes, both with emotion, and with laughter, over stories that resonated with me from ER. My UCLA ER family are my family for life and from the moment I started volunteering in UCLA ER, I felt that I had come home finally to a family of friends who I not only love and admire, but truthfully, I could be myself with. That led to my UCLA Healthcare career.
Buy and cherish CONFESSIONS OF A TRAUMA JUNKIE, as you will never forget this book.
Michael P. Richards, Los Angeles
I give it 4 stars because I', don't give 5's to very much anywhere... I only give 5 stars to the best of the best. This is great reading, I highly recommend it.
Yes, when one sentence takes up half a page on your Kindle, you know this writer is wordy. Enough already. This is a miss. Good stories, but not a great read.
After that all her protestations of her great humanity and philosophising about life didn't ring true as I couldn't get that mental image of her lack of genuine compassion out of my mind. She queried whether she would have done the same thing if the bat had been a little fluffy appealing creature and she thought not. Well human beings aren't all attractive and palatable either, so does her rule apply to them also in the 'caring' profession? Don't read this book if you feel genuine compassion for ALL of God's creatures as you won't read this account of unnecessary animal cruelty without feeling disgust as I did.
For a really good book of this genre, I highly suggest "Trauma Junkie" by Janice Hudson. Humor, sparse emotions, and lots of good, technical descriptions of how life in the air (the ER) really are.
This is a true story of a nurse paramedic. It is a peek into the world of EMS and ER people from Sherry's true life experiences. It talks about trauma, tragedy, redemption, humor and the reality of the nurse paramedic. My favorite part is the dedication and sleepless nights and days as she was on the scene in the critical Incident debriefer for Hurricane Katrina. "On page 162, Katrina hit on Monday September 29th in 2005.It hit the Gulf coast of Mississippi with full force, it was one of the five deadliest in U.S. history. This affected more than one million people, nothing could prepare for the actual challenges of this type of catastrophe. "
When it was finally over and Sherry returned home she realized how we each take the basics for granted every day and we need to realize there is always someone worse off than you. I was gifted this book in order to give an unbiased review. I loved the book because I am interested and experienced in the Security and Homeland Security field. I am also interested in CSI. This book is not for everyone, but I loved the book! © 2016 Jackie Paulson