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Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat Hardcover – February 2, 2010
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Dosa, a geriatrician with a strong aversion to cats, tells the endearing story of Oscar the cat, the aloof resident at a nursing home who only spends time with people who are about to die. Despite hearing numerous stories about Oscar's uncanny ability to predict when a patient's time is nearing, Dosa, ever the scientist, remains skeptical. Slowly, he starts to concede that there may be something special about Oscar. Dosa starts to pay more attention to the cat's decidedly odd behavior, noticing that Oscar seeks out the dying, snuggles with the patient and family members until the patient passes; with others, he smells the patient's feet, sits outside a closed door until admitted, or refuses to leave a dying patient's bed. Dosa discovers how powerfully Oscar's mere presence reassures frightened or grieving family. Ultimately, the good doctor realizes that it doesn't matter where Oscar's gift comes from; it's the comfort he brings that's important. This touching and engaging book is a must-read for more than just cat lovers; anyone who enjoys a well-written and compelling story will find much to admire in its unlikely hero. (Feb.)
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"I love this book -- Oscar has much to teach us about empathy and courage. I couldn't put it down."―Sarah Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
"At its heart, Dosa's search is more about how people cope with death than Oscar's purported ability to predict it."―Associated Press
"Beautifully written, heartwarming [...] Told with profound insight and great respect for all involved, this is more than just a cat story (although it will appeal to fans of Vicki Myron's Dewey)."―Library Journal
"You'll be moved."―People
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It's not only about a special cat but also about a wonderful facility with a great staff and interesting patients.
I have read many clinical books on the disease in this past year. It's a lot to take in when this diagnosis is made. This person whom I've loved, cared about and who has been an important part of my life, is fading away. It can be a helpless feeling.
Dr. Dosa, takes a unique approach to his description of both disease and the impact on family and caregivers alike. This was written in the early part of his career and shares his feelings and thoughts on patient care in the skilled nursing facility where he practices.
This candid book is told in clinical anecdotes, as well as the story of Oscar, the cat.
This is a far gentler approach than many of the AD books I've read. It's very real, yet passionate about treating patients with dignity and respect. These last two get more difficult as the disease progresses.
Animals have a real soothing effect on AD patients. My little Maltese has the ability to sense who, in a room of ten people, needs her most. She will then cuddle up to them. I've seen how well it calms my own loved one with AD. I guess Charlie Brown was right...happiness IS a warm puppy.
This book handles the concept of skilled nursing facility as a place for a loved one with A.D. Certainly, we've come a long way in our nursing care for patients in the last stages of their lives.
Dr. Dosa also mentions skilled nursing at home. Having researched this option for my loved one, I know that the time to look into it is BEFORE a fall or illness that substantially weakens a loved one.
How do you find the right skilled nursing facility or home care? Ask your family doctor or primary care practitioner. They are required to see their patients on a regular basis. Our own family doctor recommended the service I plan to use for my loved one. He used the same for his own mother.
One last thought...there is a story of a woman who had a very close relationship with her loved one. Her approach is similar to what I've embraced. She saw her time with her loved one as a gift. Time IS a precious commodity. As hour after hour tumbles into days, months and years, we remember the people in our lives, not the things.
2. How to cope when a loved one is no longer the person you remember
3. Dealing with the prospect of loss
4. Surviving the feelings guilt when you cannot help or change the situation
5. At the end Oscar is there to show you how to ease the death of a loved one
Couldn't ask for more from a small book that lights the way. Bought one for my daughter which is high praise from me.