Lamby is a true story of a mother's struggle, with an often twisted health care system, to find out what was causing her infant son to be ill. From the day after his birth, Dylan had a barking cough; not normal for an adult let alone a newborn. It quickly progressed into breathing symptoms and difficulty bottle feeding. With countless trips to multiple pediatricians, as well as a hand full of specialists, all within Dylan's first few months of life, Nikki heard conflicting diagnoses. Still nothing was making her son better. He often stopped breathing, although for only seconds, but things were getting worse. He would barely feed enough to stay hydrated, sometimes vomiting over 30 times in a single day. Nikki used the most powerful tool a parent has to push through the medical system to find an answer. Her background in nursing might have been one component to the unacceptance of multiple diagnoses, but her intuition led the way, trumping radiologic scans and physician recommendations. The story takes place over the first four years of her son's life, reliving the events of his amazing yet frustrating journey from struggling to eat and breathe to the countless medical errors that occurred at a one of the top ranked hospitals in this country to the legal cover-up that silently admitted it all; The result being an amazing four year old boy who had a chance to begin a new life after finding his "miracle" in an unsuspecting place.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)|
About the Author
Nicole Polidori received her BSN degree from Georgetown University School of Nursing and hold's a Master's Degree in Nursing from NYU. She is a former oncology nurse and presently reside in Stonington, Connecticut with her family.
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Lamby: A Mother's Journey Through a Twisted Medical System to Save her Son based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book is an inspirational story of how a mother's intuition helped save her son's life. It is an easy read but a powerful story that any parent can related to. I highly recommend this read.
I read this book as I to am a mother who had a child with a rare disease. I was unimpressed by this book. When you have a child with a rare decease you need to be patience and create relationships with doctors. I got the impression that this Mom, doctor shopped rather then stuck with a pediatrician who could get to see there was a problem. In reading the book I did get the impression that there was a specialist that "screwed" up. However ,I think if there was a pediatrician that had been following this child from the beginning, the doctor probably would have had better history and been looking for a different diagnosis. I just felt Mom moved around a lot with doctors which was part of the delayed diagnosis. Doctors are held to a very high standard but they are not God; and her son had a rare disease, patience on her part whom have been better severed. She probably would have gotten an earlier diagnosis if she didn't move around so much! Just my opinion. I felt like this book just did not speak well to our medical community, which I have found to be great!