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Opening My Heart: A Journey from Nurse to Patient and Back Again

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  90 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Tilda Shalof had been taking care of critically ill patients in an intensive care unit for more than twenty-five years, but taking care of herself had never been a priority. That is, until she could no longer ignore her extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, and crushing chest pains. When the results came in, it was time to face the music: Tilda required immediate open-hear ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Emblem Editions (first published January 1st 2011)
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Abria Mattina

I always enjoy Tilda Shalof's writing. A few years ago I went on a bender and read nothing but medically themed books, including Shalof's A Nurse's Story and Vincent Lam's Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures.

A Nurse's Story shaped the way I look at the world, my health, and the Canadian healthcare system. I enjoyed reading Opening my Heart, but I didn't feel like I learned anything from it that I didn't already know either from my own experience or from reading A Nurse's Story. It was entertaining
Mar 01, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, medical
"Opening My Heart" by Tilda Shalof.

I really enjoyed reading Opening my Heart, from page one.

In "Opening My Heart", Shalof recounts preparing for, undergoing, and recovering from open-heart surgery to replace a congenitally faulty valve. Interspersed are her usual anecdotes about nurse gossip, interesting patients, and her home life. And Shalof occasionally uses these anecdotes as a jumping-off point to comment on the meaning of being a nurse or the state of the Canadian healthcare system.

This no
loraine smith
May 30, 2015 loraine smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What does a nurse do?

She never stops doing or thinking of what she can help the patient recover from the health problem., she is the leader of the recovery team.
Dec 05, 2015 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good read.......if you worked in hospitals for a long time you sure can relate to what goes on with patients and families....Happy times and sad times. Nurses make the worst patients and some make the best nurses. Great book and presented well, food for thought!! Loved it!!
This was okay. Being a nurse myself, I like reading about nursing, and this had the added bonus of nurse becoming patient. Needs a better editing job however, way too many irritating mistakes.
An insightful story exploring the role of nurse and patient and the transitions in between. The aspect of learning to accept help and care as a nurse and care for yourself was very meaningful.
Karen Mccracken
I enjoyed this book. Seeing things from a dedicated Nurses prospective. How she went through her own personal health struggles was well written and interesting.
Jul 23, 2013 Torieqwq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author paints a detailed picture of her open hearth surgery. I enjoyed the information on the Canadian Heath System as well.
Mary Elizabeth Morton
Interesting & insightful.
A little slow moving.
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