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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Hit the Knee and Other Sage Advice is a humorous look at a serious subject. Dennis Gwin has suffered a few heart problems in his life and has had stents fitted on more than one occasion. Unfortunately, his problem becomes too serious for stents and he requires a quadruple heart bypass. This is his account of what happened - the lead up to the surgery and how he coped afterwards. Dennis takes us through everything - his feelings before and after the surgery, the nurses and the doctors who looked after him, and his family, who provided the much needed support for his recovery. This is a very frank account of one man's fight against heart disease and how he overcame his own personal Mount Everest.
Although the subject matter is serious, Hit the Knee and Other Sage Advice is a wonderfully funny look at how you should (or, in some cases, should not) deal with heart surgery. Dennis Gwin has been very frank about his surgery, his feelings, about everything really. In many ways, his story is a lesson to all of us on how to deal with what life throws at us, on how to deal with pain and, perhaps more importantly, on how to listen to what your body is telling you and not ignore the signs of what could be something very serious. I take my hat off to Mr Gwin for sharing his story with us and would love to read more from him - although I certainly wouldn't wish him any ill to provide the material for another book!