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Not Too Tired to Care – The Resilient Supervision Model (RSM)

Is your work-life balance out of whack? Are you feeling too tired to care? Are you ready to move out of survival mode and into thriving – regardless of chaos and uncertainty?

Telemedicine Services

Telemedicine Services by [Hugues Batsielilit, Dedrick Moone]

Telehealth usage or Telemedicine services have had a significant rise due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. However, is the rise in Telehealth usage just a matter of time, for only those in developed countries, or does remote healthcare delivery via developed modalities hold the promise of bringing reliable, pocket-friendly medical care to a large number of neglected people in the emerging countries? In Telemedicine Services, the author comes up with an explanation for this question, examining the inefficiencies of the healthcare system, with a focus on Africa, Haiti, and the US Virgin Islands, the three worst-affected regions. To make the authorities and the general public aware of the potential benefits of telemedicine technology as the future of health care, the author has presented a comprehensive and well-researched argument.

Presented in seven chapters, the first chapter of the book discusses the deplorable state of healthcare services across Africa, Haiti, and the U.S Virgin Islands, pointing out the numerous internal loopholes within the healthcare system, as well as how reliable telepath technology can streamline health care in these regions. The second chapter examines the title of the book, Telemedicine, which encompasses several aspects of the term. Throughout the rest of the book, the author addresses telemedicine technology adoption, the all-important preparation, ensuing challenges and risks, and the future of telemedicine. As an expert international consultant in public health surveillance and a communicable disease specialist, a healthcare administrator, and a community health coordinator for more than ten years, author Hugues Fidele Batsielilit’s vast experience in the healthcare field strengthens his arguments for the efficiency and potential of Telemedicine Services. Telemedicine Services being the first book authored by him, A COVID-19 Africa, Haiti, And The U.S Virgin Islands: The Response, the Aftermath, & Future Projections, his second book, is his other endeavor for the uplift and welfare of people in these regions. With factual data and well-supported opinions and recommendations, the book seems promising. It is balanced and unbiased. I find the description of Telemedicine and its module explicitly informative, and the description of its sub-specialties was something novel to me.

While the book was well researched and provides readers with enlightening content, I felt that the arrangement of the chapters could have been organized in a way to slowly provide information in bits rather than in large chunks.

Telemedicine Services attributes the current inaccessibility of Telehealth technology to the government, the administration of emerging countries, corruption, the lack of adequate legislation, and the lack of efforts on the part of many departments with the onus of uplifting viable access to Telehealthcare facilities. It promotes the idea of coming out as a conscious and alert individual, observing and advancing Telemedicine services as the future of health. I recommend it to those who wish to gain a broad perspective on the different aspects of telemedicine, and the prospective future of the healthcare system.

Pages: 264 | ASIN: B09BKDMFJQ

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Pies to Die For: How to Live a Vibrant Life Despite a Fatal Diagnosis

Pies to Die For is a how-to for those dealing with terminal diseases. Carole Weaver was first diagnosed with metastatic cancer in 2016, two days before she was about to see her grandson Mac Weaver for the first time. In the book, she talks about how she has been dealing with her disease. The book is not just about how to deal with the disease, how to have a semblance of an everyday life, but rather how to have a vibrant one, regardless of how big or small the disease is. She shares several incidents from her own life and the work of her husband, Ken, who creates appraisals for those who have lost art through death, debt, divorce, or disaster. The book is influenced by his profession and talks about the beauty and importance of art in one’s life, stage four cancer or not.

The book explores common issues that people tend to face, like pain, depression, panic attacks, and lesser dealt with topics such as intimacy problems, information overload etc. It provides unique insights into the life and struggles of those dealing with terminal diseases and thus is helpful for those wishing to overcome related issues, people who might have just received their news and are scared of the uncertainty the lies beyond, or friends and family who want to help and understand better.

The best part about the book is that it is a true to the soul, first-hand account of someone battling cancer. More often than not, we see self-help gurus, psychologists, and doctors publishing books on how to deal with cancer and other terminal diseases. However, no matter their expertise in their fields, they have no idea what a survivor deals with. Pies to Die For is an authentic, relatable, and touching first-hand account.

I also appreciated the appendix, which gives a quick go-to for dealing with a bad day. The book also gives you questions to ask in a group discussion. This is a complete guide answering questions and providing information that is not provided in the endless doctor appointments. This book tells you how to live a vibrant life and not just survive post-diagnosis.

Pies to Die For is an impassioned story that bares insight into a survivor’s life and provides tools to make their life full of joyous moments to remember. It provides actionable advice for dealing with your diagnosis and the life after that, even the things that you didn’t know you needed. This is an inspirational book that makes you appreciate your life, no matter how long or short, or how hard or easy.

Pages: 141 | ASIN: B092MCDBC3

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Health Reformation: Murder, Medicine and Rehab in the Age of Pandemics

Health Reformation: Murder, Medicine and Rehab in the Age of Pandemics by [J. N. de Bedout]

Jason needs immediate medical attention, and he wants it without any strings attached or any obstacles. Is that really too much to ask? His wife’s career in health services should be enough to get him in and seen quickly, but things aren’t going quite as smoothly as he had hoped. At literally every turn on his way to the hospital, Jason encounters one hindrance after another. In addition to the delays, Jason hears nothing but negativity regarding his impending hospital visit–the odds, he is told, aren’t good that he will come out alive. Should Jason believe them, or should he forge ahead?

Health Reformation: Murder, Medicine and Rehab in the Age of Pandemics, by J.N. de Bedout, sounds like a true crime novel but ends up be a very enlightening read. The author has created a startling representation of a future in which pandemics have ravaged the world and devastated the healthcare system in more ways than one. For every advancement in technology and communication, there are at least a dozen pitfalls.

Throughout J.N. de Bedout’s work, readers will find frighteningly accurate portrayals of telemedicine visits gone wrong, technical glitches that make it virtually impossible to receive an accurate diagnosis, and a society where machines rule. Jason, one of the book’s main characters, is all of us. His frustration is real, and it is very relatable. The fear of not being able to make oneself understood to health care providers can be all-consuming. As Jason battles to simply share his symptoms and explain himself, readers will feel his agony.

Time and time again, J.N. de Bedout hits home with substantive references to healthcare. Health insurance, the availability of quality care, and timely treatments are on the minds of most readers. The topic of pandemics and the ways in which they impact society makes this a poignant read even though it falls into the thriller category.

Health Reformation: Murder, Medicine and Rehab in the Age of Pandemics will have readers feel every ounce of the mental exhaustion experienced by Jason. The author has done a fantastic job of taking readers on a journey into the future while at the same time pulling them into a thrilling plot. I recommend J.N. de Bedout’s work to anyone looking for a especially timely medical thrill ride.

Pages: 172 | ASIN: B08NH13RXB

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The Stars That Govern Us

The Stars That Govern Us by JR Alcyone is a heart wrenching but beautiful read set in 1956 Western Australia. Alec Serafeim is a congenital heart surgeon who suffers from manic depression. His pediatric patients mean the world to him but are often the reason why he’s distressed. Despite being one of the best heart surgeons of his time, Alec struggles with the fact that he can’t save all his patients. We follow Alec and his surgical partner Pete as they cope with the heartbreaking world around them.

Now, let me tell you why JR Alcyone is a future bestseller! There are so many things I can say about Alcyone’s writing, but let’s first discuss her scene-setting abilities! Alcyone can set a scene flawlessly. Her attention to small details, including surroundings and mannerisms, is what sets this novel apart. Most modern novelists skip over these details, considering them to be fluff. But Alcyone was able to apply just the right amount of detail to help immerse her reader into the scenes. There only two gripes I have with Alcyone’s writing, and one of them is monotony. The beginning of the story felt slow-paced. I felt that it could have been remedied with some editing. Her ability to pack in detail is fantastic, but it can often drone on about one topic. My second gripe is with distinguishing voices. It took me almost a third of the way through to distinguish Alec’s and Pete’s voices. It was not until I learned certain character traits about each of them that I was able to tell the difference. Once Alcyone started adding the character traits, her writing began to soar!

I praise Alcyone for how gracefully she handled the subject of mental illness. She showed how even the most productive and praise-worthy individuals can suffer from mental health problems. The discussion of manic depression and anxiety is partly what made this novel for me!

Author J.R. Alcyone has the foundations to become something extraordinary. The Stars That Govern Us is a must-read for all historical fiction lovers. Fans of medical fiction and dramatic story telling will find plenty to love in J.R. Alcyone’s riveting novel.

Pages: 279 | ASIN:  B08P5KJ9TZ

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Not Too Tired to Care – Book Trailer

Is your Work-Life Balance out of whack? Are you feeling too tired to care? Are you ready to move out of survival mode and into thriving–regardless of chaos and uncertainty?

Read true stories about the price we pay when sacrificing Work-life Balance for other priorities. Yet told here are solutions found in courageous conversations that began as a small rural grassroots movement. Now part of the Action Collaborative for Clinician Well-Being and Resilience led by the National Academy of Medicine. Written from the perspective of those on the front lines of the opioid overdose epidemic and now pandemic. Our work is hard, and measuring change is difficult. Those factors inevitably lead us to question our work, especially when; improvement is slow and difficult to see. Self-care is Health Care. It is not selfish as too many providers think, but essential. We can all learn, strengthen, or tweak our own self-care.

This book is testimony of how it is possible to find and keep your balance between work and life without burning out and make it for the long haul. In this completely Comprehensive Guide, you will learn about Compassion Satisfaction, why it is vital for keeping burnout at bay, gain access to wealth of information and resources not only for you as an individual but also for organizations and leaders a work culture norm that values self-care You will find in this book:

✓ How to identify your source of Compassion Satisfaction

✓ Learn HomeBase as an evidence-informed 4-step process to

✓ Build your resilience capacity

✓ Reflection activities in each chapter to deepen this connection

✓ Review why self-care is an ethical mandate in all health care practices

✓ Explore work culture solutions including the Quadruple Aim

✓ How to improve patient care by promoting provider well-being

✓ Step-by-step instructions for how to join this national movement

Bonus: Action Guide Workbook with a robust resource list and the full Transcripts of the True Stories. Start Living YOUR best Work-Life Balance possible and get your copy today!


Everything Under the Sun

Everything Under the Sun: A Family Doctor's Reflections on Life, Love, Loss and Renewed Hope in Medicine by [Bruce Rowe]

In his book Everything Under the Sun, Bruce Rowe invites the reader into his life as a family physician. A good chunk of the book is about medicine and everything in between, but the authors uses language so that the reader can easily understand and relate to what Bruce experienced. The medical terms are beautifully explained and the reader is made to understand how some diagnoses are made. I appreciate the author for openly talking about the challenges he faced in his practice. His experiences show that, while getting the doctor title is fancy, there are a lot of ups and downs one has to go through before establishing oneself.

Bruce Rowe is such a natural writer that one gets to fall in love with his writing even before getting to understand his background. The author narrates every stage of his life tenderly, making the reader enjoy every part of his narration. You can feel the passion Bruce Rowe has for his family and profession. Each stage of the author’s life brought various lessons. His personal life, family, days of studying, and practicing medicine are all distinct and bring different obstacles and all the emotions that come with them.

Bruce Rowe’s narration is engaging throughout the book and makes the reader feel like they are in the same room with him. When talking about his losses, the reader could feel the author’s emotions through the text. One not only sympathizes with the author’s experiences but also applauds him for standing high and not letting any failure bring him down.

Everything Under the Sun is a one-of-a-kind biography that feels like someone is inviting you into their life. I appreciated how the book discussed rarely mentioned realities and truths in the medical profession. This is a perfect book for the holiday’s, one that reminds you of the importance of family and warms your heart.

Pages: 364 | ASIN: B085GMF3J2

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In the Midst of Blitz: My Personal Journey to Medicine

Ever wondered how health insurance works? How about why healthcare is so expensive? There is a lot of dealings behind the scenes that make life quite difficult for healthcare practitioners to provide good quality care. In The Midst of Blitz is about a doctor who has worked in different medical fields. He tells his story of the inner workings of different specialties and shines a light on the challenges as well as provides an insider perspective on the healthcare industry. Alexander Rogerson, MD is a proponent of prepaid systems, and goes as far as giving a solution to the healthcare payment issue. He explains his reasoning in detail and will have you considering it, maybe for the first time ever.

This is a book written by a doctor with decades of experience gained as both a civilian and military doctor working in many different locations and practices. In The Midst of Blitz provides a first hand account of the inner-workings of the healthcare system in the United States. Dr. Rogerson provides an in depth analysis of the field and his commentary is thought-provoking and illuminating.

I found it refreshing and interesting to hear stories told from the trenches of the medical field. All to often medical professionals are reserved when speaking out their profession. With this book I really got the sense that Dr. Rogerson is passionate about his work and is willing to share it all with us. Whenever I go to a doctors office, or hospital, thing seem so orderly. Alexander Rogerson, MD opened my eyes to the storm that is brewing behind the professional façade. This book will help the reader understand a lot of what they encounter every day as a patient.

At only about 100 pages, this book is succinct yet poignant. It is not riddled with unnecessary details. The author is very intentional about how he delivers his message. We are living in a period where a large percentage of the population has to make a difficult choice between healthcare and other basic needs like food or shelter. The author shares his personal stories, however interesting the stories are they ultimately led me to realize that our current medical system is not working.

Pages: 110 | ISBN-10: 164550624X

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