What Nurses Know ... Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Lorraine Steefel Demos Health (2011), Edition: 1, Paperback, 190 pages
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The author, both a nurse and mother of a child with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), has the knowledge and perspective to relate the personal and clinical challenges of the condition. She provides suggestions from helping advocate through the sometimes lengthy process of getting a diagnosis to day to day management and coping strategies.
She combines first-person vingnettes from patients with comprhensible explanations and resources interspersed with boxed bullet points specifically from the 'What Nurses Know...' viewpoint. Covering diagnosis, advocacy, self care, support from and for family members the book presents a variety of information in an accessible, very readable fashion.
Chapter and section construction is such that it can be taken in relatively small bites, which may be the best (or only) pace a person with CFS can manage. It has an extensive list of resources at the end which can provide a quick an useful 'where do I look for...' reference. Very well written and appropriate for clinicians, patients and friends/family to work together in understanding the condition, developing realistic expectations and recognizing limitations to managing the condition for the best possible outcome....more