EBOOK The Valedictorian of Being Dead The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live

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  • The Valedictorian of Being Dead The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live
  • Heather B. Armstrong
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  • 10 June 2020
  • 9781501197048

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Armstrong Read & Download The Valedictorian of Being Dead The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live Er found herself in the depths of a depression she just couldn’t shake an episode darker and longer than anything she had previously experienced This book recalls the torturous eighteen months of suicidal depression she endured and the month long experimental study in which doctors used propofol anesthesia to uiet all brain activit. 35 starsHeather B ArmstrongHeather B Armstrong is a popular mommy blogger who uses her website Dooce to share posts about her family personal life pop culture music commercial products and so on Over the years Heather also wrote about her struggle with depression which became serious over time By 2016 Heather had been suffering from an eighteen month long bout of a depression so deep that she wanted to be dead Heather would wear the same yoga pants sports bra and T shirt for days in a row with her unshowered body topped by dirty hair Feeling her normally trim body was out of shape Heather writes I slept in my yoga pants because I didn t want to have to change my pants and see my alien bodyAt the time Heather fell into the abyss she d been living in Salt Lake City Utah for most of her life and was raising her two daughters Leta 13 and Marlo 7 alone Heather B Armstrong with her daughtersHeather s daughters Leta and MarloHeather s ex husband Jon had moved to New York and she was desperate to keep her depressive condition from him fearing he d demand custody of the children Instead Heather would hide in a closet and call her mother who lived nearby Hoping the children couldn t hear Heath would let loose sometimes making noises like a pig makes in a barn fire and sometimes moaning I don t want to be alive Heather could hardly bring herself to do laundry or unload the dishwater got anxious when her boss emailed or called knowing he d want something completed and was amazed that she could perform her mommy job from day to day which she describes as Make sure the girls have eaten make sure they re showered and dressed make sure they have their homework is Marlo wearing socks make sure to let the dog back in make sure we have Cheerios for the next two breakfasts make sure Leta has taken a pill for her allergies make sure Leta has asked her friend for a ride to school tomorrow since the other carpool just cancelledand so on Morning after morning after morning And then again And then again Heather felt like she was barely hanging on Heather s psychiatrist Dr Lowry Bushnell had prescribed many medications over the years but her illness had become resistant to drugs and pharmaceuticals no longer helped When Heather visited Dr Bushnell after a nine month lapse he looked at her and said You don t have to tell me how you feel It s all over your face It has stolen your eyes The psychiatrist then suggested that Heather participate in an experimental study with Dr Brian Mickey who was investigating the use of Propofol the anesthetic that killed Michael Jackson to treat depressionPropofolWith this treatment the patient is put to sleep that is put into a REALLY DEEP INDUCED COMA simulating brain death about three times a week for ten sessions The purpose is to find out if burst suppression uieting the brain s electrical activity can alleviate the symptoms of depressionsort of like rebooting a computer Heather agreed to the Propofol regimen and this book describes each of her ten treatments interspersed with anecdotes about herself her children her parents her job and Heather s mother and stepfather stepped up to accompany her to each session while her children who didn t know exactly what was going on uietly hoped for the best Heather had to forego food and water prior to every therapy session each of which went something like this Heather arrives at the clinic fills out a form assessing her level of depression tells a nurse what drugs she s taking has a 22 gauge needle inserted into her vein lays down on a gurney has sensors attached to her body and passes out when a doctor starts the Propofol plus other meds drip The medical team then inserts a breathing tube into Heather s throat which is removed at the end of the session When it s over Heather is transported to a recovery room where she wakes up confused and thirsty A nurse then gives her apple juice and assesses her condition When Heather demonstrates that she s compos mentis knows her name and the year she s allowed to go home with her folks Heather s mother and stepfather watched every procedure from beginning to end her mom keeping an eagle eye on everything and everyone making sure Heather s eyes were taped shut and substances that constipated her were left out to Heather s eternal embarrassment Heather notes that she started to feel better after treatment fiveand was on an upward trajectory from then on In the course of Heather s story we learn that she comes from a family plagued by depression she left the Mormon Church her biological father has an anger problem and traumatized her as a child I would have liked to know about this her mother is an angel who helps with laundry meals babysittingwhatever s needed her kids have a full roster of activities including school piano lessons and sports she helped a blind man run a marathon she wouldn t mind having a nice boyfriend who has a job and she s eternally grateful to the medical team that treated her all of whom volunteered their time and were immensely caring and helpful In an afterward Dr Brian Mickey MD PhD writes that tens of millions of people around the world have treatment resistant depression and this situation has inspired scientists like myself to search for new treatments Dr Mickey goes on to say The study Heather participated in could be the beginning of something new But the true benefits of Propofol for treatment resistant depression remain unknown Much work still needs to be done Dr Brian MickeySo far Heather continues to do well With luck she ll be a long term success story I found the story to be a bit repetitive all those treatments and would have liked to know about Heather s upbringing Nevertheless the book is laudable for explaining a therapy that eventually might help a lot of peopleThanks to Netgalley the author Heather B Armstrong and the publisher Gallery Books for a copy of the bookYou can follow my reviews at

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Heather B. Armstrong Þ 4 Download Read & Download à PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Þ Heather B. Armstrong Read & Download The Valedictorian of Being Dead The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live Author and blogger Heather B Armstrong writes about her experience as one of only a few people to participate in an experimental treatment for depression involving ten rounds of a chemically induced coma approximating brain deathFor years Heather B Armstrong has alluded to her struggle with depression on her website But in 2016 Heath. Thanks to Netgalley and SimonShuster Canada for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review Well I never stray away from a tough subject in my reading material I was seduced by the title and I stayed for the compelling and raw account of a woman s struggle to overcome the painful depression that enveloped her every moment Heather B Armstrong goes to a place that I never could have believed possible In 2017 the single mother of two and popular blogger became the third participant in a scientific study in which the subject is given a huge dosage through anesthesia which would leave her nearly brain dead for 15 minutes All done in an effort to uiet the electrical activity in her brain She would go through this process TEN times Heather shares her family story and treatments in such a conversational manner that I felt I was talking with a friend over a cup of coffee As I came to the end of Heather s story I couldn t help but allow the tears to fall freely As much pain as there is in this book there lies within a message of hope The Valedictorian of Being Dead The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live is one of my most memorable reads of 2019 Goodreads Review 1904 19Publication Date 230419

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Heather B. Armstrong Þ 4 Download Read & Download à PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Þ Heather B. Armstrong Read & Download The Valedictorian of Being Dead The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live Y for a full fifteen minutes before bringing her back from a flatline Ten times The experience wasn’t easy Not for Heather or her family But a switch was flipped and Heather hasn’t experienced a single moment of suicidal depression since The Valedictorian of Being Dead brings to light a groundbreaking new treatment for depression. A valiant effort chronicling a devastating illness I feel for Armstrong and the strength it must have taken to face her demons head on via 10 experimental treatments despite scary complications Gutsy as heck and her family support was unwavering and amazing Thanks to Gallery Threshold for this ARC in exchange for my honest review