My book review of 'The Courage to Care' by Christie Watson
The Courage to Care
If we were ever in any doubt, this year's pandemic has caused us all to realise the huge debt we owe to nurses. Their skill and dedication, their professionalism and their compassion and, in their care of us all, they are extraordinary.
This memoir by the novelist, writer and nurse, Christie Watson details some horrific medical emergencies, disgusting everyday procedures and distressing outcomes of a broken society. It is also a very personal account of the author's personal life as she first seeks to adopt and then faces life as a single parent with two young children.
Christie is an incredible writer. Despite the often gruesome content of the incidents she describes, and the upsetting tales of individuals failed by their communities or lost in the system, you can't stop reading. Of course this brings to the fore the reality of the situations faced by nurses each and every day.
They provide so much more than medical aid, acting as counsellors, therapists, social workers, mentors and friends.
She also highlights the fortitude exhibited by the patients and their families.
She wants us all to take heed and to find courage - to exhibit and receive kindness, compassion and care as we share in each other's suffering.