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Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa
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May 15, 2010

it was amazing

The author works at a nursing home that specializes in taking care of elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The book provides insight into the lives of patients, family members, doctors and nurses as they watch the patients slip away from them, both mentally and physically. The frustration, the anger, the guilt, etc. is often devastating to the families. The nursing home where Dr. Dosa works has cats "working"/living there. They provide pet therapy. One of the cats, Oscar, seems to have an ability to know when someone is about to die. Oscar, who normally isn't a cuddly sort of cat, will show up in the patient's room and sit on the bed with the patient. Until the patient passes away, he provides comfort to the patient and their family. The nurses notice Oscar's vigils and mention it to Dr. Dosa. Having grown up in a non-religious/hard science sort of family, Dr. Dosa is quite skeptical at first. However, he eventually concludes that Oscar does seem to have some sort of ability to know when someone is about to die. The Dr. admits there are other situations he has encountered in his working life that defy rational explanation. I quite enjoyed this book. I would highly recommend it to people who have an interest in learning about such things as Alzheimer's disease, end of life issues, cats, humans, and the mystery of life.
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