A Hospital Bed at Home : Family stories of caregiving from diagnosis to death
A Hospital Bed at Home is a linked collection of true stories about the experience of being a carer during the weeks, months and years that can stretch between the day someone you love is diagnosed with an incurable, fatal disease and the day of his or her death. Couples facing separation after forty years together; a workaholic with three small children and a dying, angry wife; an Irish immigrant called home to nurse an ailing father who cannot, or will not, eat; a Buddhist couple striving for serene acceptance of a brain tumour... The patients and carers profiled in these stories bring to their challenging situations the gamut of typically human strengths and weaknesses, plus all the baggage of their pre-existing relationships. The narratives are intensely personal and biographical, but the insights and information they contain about illness, caregiving and dying at home have profound and general relevance. The author's reflections on these topics are woven throughout, linking the individual stories and concluding with a gritty memoir about caring for her own mother, an anxious optimist who was ravaged by cancer.
- Paperback | 254 pages
- 140 x 216 x 13mm | 299g
- 07 Apr 2014
- Tablelands Press
About Janene Carey
Janene Carey is a freelance writer, editor and academic. Previously, she was employed as a journalist, sub-editor and acting editor with her local newspaper, The Armidale Express. She has a PhD in writing, and her work has been published in national newspapers, magazines and literary journals, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald, OUTBACK magazine, Australian Book Review, TEXT and Perilous Adventures. Her website is www.janenecarey.com