People awaiting heart surgery find the interim period lonely. Susan Reynolds tells it how it is: a catalogue of emotions, from feelings of total panic to a morbid dwelling on dying. Heart surgery is intrusive and support is needed every step of the way, both beforehand and afterwards. Susan Reynolds is not an onlooker but someone who has experienced for herself the highly charged emotions involved in undergoing such a serious procedure. Her recovery is painstakingly recorded in a diary she kept throughout this period. The humour in the diary is entirely unintentional, and it is both poignant and honest. Although the author feels that it may come across as self-pitying, she includes it because it is more than “okay” to feel any and every emotion after this surgery – it is an absolute necessity for recovery.
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