I’m done reading my third book of Amanda Prowse, my 61st read on the Goodreads challenge this year. She writes prose but her subjects are varied and worth-reading. All the three books that I’ve read so far are superbly written. I don’t usually go about reviewing books or writing about book summaries. It’s really more on how it made me interested to read it. Three -and-a-half Heartbeats is a work of fiction that deals on sepsis awareness.
Most of us are not probably aware of what sepsis is. I heard of it the first time when Nate was born more than four years ago. Nissa labored for so many hours before her OB gynecologist decided to operate on her by Caesarian section. She was induced earlier but the baby wouldn’t come. Nate was confined at the NICU for two weeks before we were able to bring him home because of sepsis. We were so worried seeing him incubated that long and Nissa had to extract her milk at home for Nate. We were so blessed that he is now growing up to be a smart boy.
According to research, sepsis is “a life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to infection injures its own tissues and organs. Sepsis develops when the chemicals the immune system releases into the bloodstream to fight an infection cause inflammation throughout the entire body instead. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing and confusion”. The most common cause of sepsis is bacterial infection. Sepsis can also result from other infections. it may affect someone at any age but babies are the most susceptible to the disease. Most of us are not aware that sepsis exists until it is too late.
According to sepsistrust.org: Every year in the UK, there are 150,000 cases of sepsis, resulting in a staggering 44,000 deaths – more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined.
Going back to the book, I hope you will find time to read it too