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After the Accident: Triumph over Trauma
by Marsha Gentry   

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Publisher:  Tinker Press ISBN-10:  0965351424 Type: 


Copyright:  September 1997 ISBN-13:  9780965351423

Marsha Gentry spent 88 days in three different hospitals. She was hooked up to a respirator, traction apparatus, catheter, IV, and stomach tube, with her jaws wired together. After she was poked, prodded, transfused, transported, sanitized, catheterized, and medicated, she emerges as an "expert patient" and consummate patient advocate.

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After the Accident documents the author's miraculous survival after a bus dragged her down the street and ran over her. Although Gentry sustained 28 fractures, massive internal bleeding, and severe facial disfigurement, she rebuilt her life with self-effacing humor and a positive attitude. This book explores the issues of post-traumatic stress and emotional healing. The author's testimony to the profound influence of loving kindness and respect will enlighten medical care givers. "Empowering Thoughts" are inserted throughout the text to inspire and comfort other survivors.

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Booklist, September 1, 1997
Many mistakenly associate post-traumatic stress with Vietnam vets and the survivors of mass murder and bombings. Gentry dispels that with the fresh, raw story of the trauma she endured from a bus accident in which three other women perished. She survived with both legs broken, multiple fractures in nose, jaw, and pelvis, a shattered cheek, and a ventilator supporting her lungs beneath 14 broken ribs. Surgery stopped internal bleeding that had required 24 units of transfused blood, and after 21 days in intensive care, she was put in an orthopedic ward and eventually moved to another hospital. As she relates her slow recovery, she communicates the mental and emotional ravages of her forced dependency, which were compounded by fear, isolation, and loneliness. Helped by supportive family and loved ones, Gentry gradually reentered the world of the mobile. With "empowering thoughts" sprinkled throughout, her account should encourage both survivors like her and those who work with them.

NAPRA, October 15, 1997
Recommended especially for members of the nursing profession as a chance to "put on the patient gown," this harrowing and highly detailed account of trauma survival pulls the reader through the arduous process of long-term recovery and rehabilitation. Gentry, new to writing since the bus accident that almost took her life ten years ago, tells her tale with gut-wrenching self-examination and a sense of catharsis, and delivers a fairly scathing critique of the health care profession. She offers a strong dose of caution regarding professional control of the recovery process, citing the inhumanities of hospital bureaucracy and disinterested or over-worked staff. An ardent testimony to the personal, medical, and social challenges inherent in recovery, Gentry's narrative is also suggested reading for those, who are struggling with serious illness or otherwise navigating our current health care system.

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