Brain, Heal Thyself: A Caregiver's New Approach to Recovery by Madonna Siles

By Madonna Siles

While Eve suffered a near-fatal mind aneurysm, Madonna Siles, her housemate and good friend, too speedy came upon herself making severe brief- and long term therapy judgements with none aid. whilst the assurance and monetary assets ran out and the traditional remedy companies discharged zombie-like Eve to the homecare of a solitary caregiver, either their futures appeared hopeless.

Instead of giving up, Siles drew on existence adventure and her advertising and marketing profession to strengthen a rehabilitation software that harnessed the ability of the unconscious brain. utilizing motivational suggestions borrowed from the advertisements global, she appealed to Eve’s unconscious to circumvent the mind harm and repair general functioning. In 3 brief years, even the medical professionals have been surprised at Eve’s restoration and go back to a near-normal existence.

Part memoir, half restoration guide, mind, Heal Thyself is a guidebook for millions of shell-shocked people who without notice locate themselves having to make lifestyles and dying judgements for these they love. With humor, heat, and arresting honesty, Siles’s energetic narrative heavily examines not just the patient’s restoration, but in addition the the most important function of caregivers—and the emotional, monetary, and functional pressures they face.

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How? I can't see an exit sign. Where are the crossroads? I step on the brakes . . 60, 40, 20 miles per hour. Even that's too fast, but, gosh darn, I want to get home. Okay, 15 mph. At least, I'll be able to see the deer before I hit it. All right, now. Relax. Take it easy. Just make it home safely. There's a reason for this foggy setback, though I can't fathom what it could be. Luckily, I'm more tired than sleepy. I say a prayer to the nowdefunct Saint Christopher, patron of safe travel. ” I smile at my lame prayer .

This time, however, my immaturity is going to cost us big bucks. I'll bet the ambulance crew was snickering all the way to Sturgeon Bay, making fun of the ditzy lady who cried “wolf” when it was only a lamb. I arrive at the hospital and haul my bruised ego into the emergency center. A receptionist directs me to Eve's room. She is sitting up in bed, looking a little dazed. No one else is in the room. I fear that Eve's going to reprimand me for sending her off in an ambulance. ” I ask. ” Just then, a doctor bursts through the door, followed by a nurse.

To me, the “just in case” version is a joke. However, I am not sure Eve would agree. Perhaps this isn't the time for me to mess around with her spiritual afterlife. Stuffing my personal annoyance with the church's reform, I tell the pastoral director, “Yes, please give her the sacrament. ” Finally, he rises from his chair. We're done! So much for spiritual comfort. As I head for the door, he says, “By the way, my vacation begins tomorrow. I'll be on a cruise for a week. ” Well, okay. ” The funeral home selection process makes me second-guess my decision to drive home.

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