Catch Your Breath: The Secret Life of a Sleepless Anaesthetist

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Catch Your Breath: The Secret Life of a Sleepless Anaesthetist

Catch Your Breath: The Secret Life of a Sleepless Anaesthetist

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The most striking part I read was where he described going into the ICU day after day, listening to the beeps of the respirators, spending entire shifts just maintaining the airway of unconscious people he never got to know, who all left without without any exchange of conversation, through death or recovery. As we are living through covid , it was also a good insight to see how our fantastic NHS were prepared to go that extra mile even at the expense of their own mental and physical health to get so many people , desperately ill with this disease through their darkest days. So to all those that railed against nurses doing dance video’s on Tik Tok, for those that blamed medical teams for cancelling surgery, closing clinics, take a step back and take a long deep look into your souls and acknowledge the debt we owe these people. Throughout the book, as I have seen in many others, are scattered complaints about how underfunded and unmodernized the NHS is, along with compliments for it, of course, as it seems the author still has a job he would like to keep.

Hard hitting and hilariously funny, not quite the combination youd expect from a behind the scenes tale of an anaesthetist! In the second half of the book we get a glimpse into life in early COVID times as an anesthesiologist in the UK. It seems that he wanted to be the next Adam Kay, with his funny patient stories and awkward situations, but that for me didn't really hit.Perhaps I am a little biased, having specialised my reading in non-fiction and with a weird interest in reading/watching medical stuff. People like Ed Patrick looked to their colleagues for support, they took heart from messages left by those working outside of ICU “Good luck, ICU! True stories from the Police, prisons, armed forces, the legal system, but especially those about the medical profession, so I knew Catch Your Breath would be right up my alley. I found I didn’t want to put it down, even when I felt the remembrance of the early days of the Covid Pandemic coming back, because his warmth and humour made it easier to deal with.

I found this book to be a very helpful insight to read for my university application to study medicine. Ed has written and performed on BBC Radio 4, for shows "Now Wash Your Hands" and "Newsjack", and he has also written for the Guardian about the intersection between medicine and comedy. of 'This Is Going To Hurt', there are mentions of patients he encounters from paediatrics through to the geriatrics, as he works in challenging NHS conditions to do his work effectively; that being, keeping people alive. The book raises the important issue of mental health support for medical staff and the general public after dealing with the pandemic. Things always break in the NHS and doctors and other healthcare professionals alike always need to think on their feet and be prepared for the worst case scenario such as a ventilator breaking and the IT systems failing which seems to be a pretty common happening.I loved reading the little insights into life as a Doctor and how Anaesthetists are vital to all different areas of medicine and not just for attending to patients in surgery. What struck me most was the realization that their contribution extends far beyond the operating room. And it feels weird to think that about someone who, not only is a working, functioning doctor, but also wrote a book about it, so I give him the benefit of the doubt and conclude that he probably is good at what he does, just not very good at presenting himself that way.



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