Dr. Gromko's true story begins with the implausible inheritance she receives from a former patient. Completely unexpected, the windfall jolts her life, which is already out of balance with the demands of her profession. She reshuffles her life's priorities and finally gives in to the need to seek a life partner once and for all. Browsing on the Internet, the Seattle doctor advertises "I'd like to meet a nice Democrat." She finds Steve, a businessman who is "gifted at banter, irreverently funny, and loyal as a beagle." Steve brings joy, but he also brings unforeseen complications into the doctor's life. For one thing, Steve has full custody of his nine-year-old daughter who greets the doctor with "I hate every centimeter of you - get used to it!" Then, there is the more serious issue of Steve's health. Known to have diabetes and high blood pressure, Steve falls precipitously into the abyss of kidney failure. Without a kidney transplant or dialysis, Steve will die within one to two weeks. Written from a doctor's perspective, the book takes the reader on a tumultuous course of medical and personal trials, as Dr. Gromko exerts the most powerful advocacy of her life.
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Linda Gromko MD is a board-certified family practitice physician and founder of Seattle's Queen Anne Medical Associates, PLLC. Before becoming a physician, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of Washington School of Nursing. She worked as a nurse practitioner/nurse educator at Planned Parenthood before entering the University of Washington School of Medicine when her son was only four years old. Dr. Gromko went on to complete her residency training in family medicine, also at the University of Washington. She worked as an ER physician and in women's clinics before opening her own practice. Now over two decades old, the practice employs two first-rate nurse practitioners who, with Dr. Gromko, serve a wide diversity of individuals including Seattle's transgendered population. Dr. Gromko is an avid writer and rows with Seattle's Lake Washington Rowing Club.