Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: Kidney, Dialysis, Transplant-and a Love Story

Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers Kidney Dialysis Transplant and a Love Story A young hopeful doctor s memoir an unforgettable love story and an informative journey into the world of medicine and kidney transplantation that ultimately asks What does it mean to let go of someth

  • Title: Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: Kidney, Dialysis, Transplant-and a Love Story
  • Author: Vanesa Grubbs
  • ISBN: 9780062418197
  • Page: 297
  • Format: ebook
  • A young, hopeful doctor s memoir an unforgettable love story and an informative journey into the world of medicine and kidney transplantation that ultimately asks What does it mean to let go of something that you love, even if it is life itself When Vanesa fell in love with Robert, she had no idea that the relationship would thoroughly transform her life Robert sufferedA young, hopeful doctor s memoir an unforgettable love story and an informative journey into the world of medicine and kidney transplantation that ultimately asks What does it mean to let go of something that you love, even if it is life itself When Vanesa fell in love with Robert, she had no idea that the relationship would thoroughly transform her life Robert suffered from end stage kidney disease, which required him to endure years of debilitating dialysis to stay alive, at least until his failed organ could be replaced by a kidney transplant Although Vanesa was a primary care doctor, she developed a deeper understanding of the difficulties Robert faced with dialysis and in finding a donor Despite their being early in their relationship, she volunteered one of her own kidneys and discovered that she was a match This life affirming experience forged a bond that would become a pillar of Vanesa and Robert s marriage and the beginning of her new career.Motivated by Robert s experience and her newfound knowledge, Vanesa became a nephrologist a kidney doctor and discovered far about the realities of the specialty Shaped by Vanesa s remarkable experiences as a doctor, a woman of color, a mother, and a kidney donor, Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers is a love story, an expose, and a clarion call for us all to consider the dualities of both loving and letting go.

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    1. Many of us are card-carrying organ donors. In most states it’s an easy thing to do. Just check off a box when you renew your driver’s license and it’s done. This assumes that your organs will be harvested if you die. We’re comfortable with the idea that if we’re dead our organs can possibly provide lifesaving transplants for the many waiting on donation lists. But what about donating one of your healthy kidneys to someone in need, someone in end stage renal failure, on dialysis for wha [...]

    2. Grubbs is a nephrologist and assistant professor of medicine at San Francisco General Hospital. Well before she made the kidneys her clinical area of expertise, a personal encounter made them special to her. In 2003 she met Robert Phillips when she was an attending trying to get support for her Office of Diversity Affairs; he was a hospital trustee. She only later learned, after they started dating, that due to FSGS his kidneys had failed in his twenties and he’d been on dialysis for years. In [...]

    3. A touching memoir of a young medical resident who fell in love with a man who suffered from end-stage kidney disease. The path his disease leads them is unpredictable & challenging and relationship threatening. Much like "Black Man in a White Coat." this book will highlight the hurdles that people of color face, as a medical professionals, and also as organ recipients. This book also serves as a call to action for poc to register as organ donors.I read an advance copy and was not compensated [...]

    4. A really lovely memoir. Dr. Grubbs touches on kidney failure, palliative care, racial disparities, and emotional adversity in a thoughtful and honest way. I really enjoyed how she blurs the lines between professional and personal realms, delving into how her perspective shifts when she's the doctor or the family of a patient. She's got a vivid and refreshing voice. I definitely laughed AND cried more than once. I also learned a lot. So glad I read this!

    5. As a kidney recipient I have a special interest in the topic of "Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers". I loved the easy style of the writing, the mix of honesty as she describes her personal life and her straightforward yet compassionate approach to her profession. Her CKD facts at the end of the book were not the same old-same old that is listed everywhere else. Dr Grubbs opens the door to the end-of-life discussion that so badly needs to be talked about.

    6. This story hit close to home, I believe I won it as a winner for a divine reason. I've struggled with a family member with a similar condition, and can relate to the fluctuation of the cycle of pain and healing. It's comforting to know I am not alone in my struggles. Thank you.

    7. Good story, good read, well written, enlightening on dialysis. All at UCSF and Delphine is in the credits.

    8. I won an advanced copy of this from . I found this book very interesting. I never knew what was involved in kidney care.

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