Eight Seconds of MenB

by Peter A Smith

Biographies & Autobiographies

LoveReading Expert Review of Eight Seconds of MenB

This book shares Peter’s journey through contracting Meningitis. Having experienced this awful illness through a close family member, I really wanted to read this book. Peter speaks of his illness, his hospital stay and recovery in a very insightful out way. He goes into very interesting detail, explaining how he felt, the terrible side effects of his Meningitis and his gradual recovery. The journey is interesting, heart-breaking, and funny in places too.

Peter also includes many of the doctor’s notes, so you also follow his experience from another perspective. The notes are easy to read and are not peppered with lots of medical terminology, something which I have experienced in other such books.

I am so glad that Peter felt the need to share his journey and I am even more glad that I read this book.

Gail Phillips, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Eight Seconds of MenB Synopsis

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A detailed memoir of a highly traumatic time where a fight for life was taken on by an observant and caring family, a professional hospital team and the patient himself. This story starts with a dramatic awakening in a hospital bed with, initially no clear idea of the reason for being there and no concept of how long those around have already been engaged with the fight already to save his life.

The book describes the horror and confusion of hallucinations and the intrusions, pain and discomfort of treatments and procedures which are required to be undertaken through a lengthy and uncertain hospital stay. We follow the patient beyond the acute stage with his continued efforts to regain an as near to normal a life as possible. The writing is presented from the first-hand perspective of the patient prior to their hospital discharge, through Outpatient visits post-discharge and on into the longer phase of gradual recovery and readjustment and in being back in their village community. The extracts from the medical notes and journals written at the time give true to life insights into those times. The book shows great respect, admiration and gratitude to the those who helped the author through their illness and recovery, while seeming to underplay the strength and fortitude the author must have had to come through their life-changing illness with bravery and fortitude.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781839753152
Publication date: 11th December 2020
Author: Peter A Smith
Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited
Format: Ebook
Pagination: 76 pages
Primary Genre Indie Author Books
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Eight Seconds of MenB Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

This is a read both for anyone who may recognise this experience and will show anyone else how important the nursing team is in individual care, how attached you become to each other and how, even when you are discharged, you have a long way to go.

This is an account of an experience which, hopefully, most people will never have to relate to. As a disclaimer, I had bacterial meningitis and recognise many of the emotions and experiences outlined here.

At a time when we are all acutely aware of one particular virus and the awesome response of the NHS, this story is of a bacterium, one which can wreak powerful, often fatal, but sometimes 'invisible' consequences on the human brain. The progression of the illness is well documented, the phases of acute danger, painful and confusing procedures and endless ward-changing, alongside the paranoia and hallucination period, partly due to the meds and also as a result of the ravaging disease, are well captured here. You fear change, new people, handwriting is weak and illegible but you feel an overwhelming urge to stamp your existence on the world and affirm that you are still you.

This is a read both for anyone who may recognise this experience and will show anyone else how important the nursing team is in individual care, how attached you become to each other and how, even when you are discharged, you have a long way to go. There may only be a short period - 'Eight seconds' of acute danger when you are in that limbo between life and death but recovery will take many many years. "wounds that can't be seen or measured are so slow to heal".

Carina Barnett

I absolutely loved this brave, vulnerable and eye-opening account of a man suffering from Meningitis B then Sepsis. I can imagine it would be difficult to recount this experience but it's both touching and honest.

I absolutely loved this brave, vulnerable and eye-opening account of a man suffering from Meningitis B then Sepsis. I can imagine it would be difficult to recount this experience but it's both touching and honest. 

Ruth Carson

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