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Between Expectations by Meghan Weir
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May 23, 2011

it was amazing
Read from May 23 to 24, 2011

“Between Expectations: Lessons from a Pediatric Residency” by Meghan MacLean Weir, M.D...

Category – Medical/History

This book should be read by anyone in or interested in pediatrics, this includes Doctors, Nurses, and anyone who works in the field, or is thinking of working in the field of pediatrics. It is also a wonderful read for the casual reader, or those just interested in the medical profession.

Meghan is doing her residency in pediatrics and her first rotation is in NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). It is here that she is faced with the problems faced in the care of premature babies and their parents. Not only is she faced with dealing with the care of the infant but she must also inform the parents of their child’s condition. The conditions could range anywhere from very good to the devastating possibility that the child may be severely handicapped for life and the possibility of death.

Her second rotation is an area that she calls, “women troubles”. Here she finds herself dealing with young girls who have become sexually active. She deals with the possibility of these girls having gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis, or AIDS.
In some cases these young girls do not even know what these diseases are, or that there are ways to prevent them.

Her third rotation is in MSICU, (medical surgical intensive care unit). This is an area where children are cared for who have lived longer than they ever have before but where doctors and nurses are fighting an almost impossible battle against certain death. The parents as well as the hospital staff know this and walk a thin line in keeping hope alive where there is no hope.

Her fourth rotation is in the children’s cancer ward. Here Meghan is able to see the ravages of cancer but she can also see that many of these children are cured and go on to live healthy and productive lives.

“Between Expectations” is an exceptional read and has a little something for everybody, and a lot more for most of us.

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