a very good book indeed

  1. I had heard from others how good "Impaired: a nurses story of addiction and recovery" by Patricia Holloran was. Good does not even begin to describe it. My sister gave me this book as a gift for Christmas. She had heard me mention it in passing one day, and as always she remembered. More important than the book itself is how she came about aquiring it. To know my sister is to know that she doesnt just give a gift, she puts an incredible amount of effort into it. I opened this book last night, carefully removing the wrapping paper. I expressed my thanks for the gift, commented on her remembering such small things in passing. And then she killed me by saying this "I went to used book stores, I wanted to find one that had history attatched, so you would know someone here, in Alaska, had read this same book before". I cried. I discussed that deeper meaning with her, discussed the other nurses hands turning these same pages, and immediatly told her that it was a gift i could not keep. I would read it, write a message into the book, and then redonate it. And then I cried more, as I began reading it. The book is raw, and heartfelt, and full of hope. A good Christmas gift indeed. Happy holidays everyone!
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  3. by   MichelleRN34
    So sweet and thoughtful. Merry Christmas .
  4. by   sallyrnrrt
    how wonderful, Merry Christmas
  5. by   sallyrnrrt
    i took your advice and ordered on amazon
  6. by   TXRN2
    what a sweet & wonderful sister- & gift!!
  7. by   Blessed_RN2011
    That is a great book! I read it when I was getting clean. It gave me strength and hope!
  8. by   BuckyBadgerRN
    Wow, your sister is some kind of awesome
  9. by   Twoyearnurse
    I finished the book! It was really very good. My favorite quote? "the way I let go of things is by leaving my fingernail marks all over it". It's a good story about letting go. That's the hardest part isn't it? Accepting what is happening now versus holding into what was. And yes, my sister is crazy amazing and sweet and kind and many other adjectives. I'm a lucky woman!
  10. by   Twoyearnurse
    Hey Sally, did you get your copy yet?