Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers' Favorite
Sue’s Nightmare by Dean Roberts reminded me that ultimately we are responsible for our health and medical treatment. While I know that doctors and other medical personnel are mere humans, they sometimes forget that fact. In their arrogance they forget they are treating a fellow human being and begin to look upon patients in disdain. In Sue’s Nightmare we meet one such instance.
Sue Roberts was a happily married woman very much in love with and by her husband. Her nightmare began at a dinner party where Sue fell when her knee collapsed causing her to fall and sustain a hard bump on her head. So began the first mistake. A blood test caused a misdiagnosis and labeled Sue as an alcoholic, this lead to the doctor pumping her full of numerous medications which she did not need. Sue’s nightmare had just begun. Her husband, Dean Roberts begged the doctors to listen to him as he stated unequivocally she was not an alcoholic. Common sense tells me that the spouse deserves the respect of the medical personnel. If they had just listened and ran a new blood test much of the nightmare could have been averted or at least lessened. Sue faced more than one surgery because of incompetence. After being label an alcoholic the staff lost sympathy for Sue and ignored her pain. The negligence of the hospital and staff caused the doctors to overlook an important medical problem that they should have caught. Sue had cancer but it was left untreated for too long.
This book is must read. It is a warning for each of us: be proactive when it comes to your health, be informed, demand your rights and know that you deserve respect. I hope that Roberts received a little relief from writing this. I wish him well and my deepest sympathy.