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Jun 27, 2012

I could not imagine going through what Mrs. Baier went through and I wonder how she is doing now, 32 years later. I think that this book will make me a better nurse as I begin my new career. I am hopeful that the profession as a whole has improved since that time and that our caring will continue to improve for our patients and their families.
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Mar 20, 2013

as a nurse it hurt me to see how this poor women was treated by hospital staff. should be required reading for nursing students
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Jun 28, 2013

Having had Guillian-Barre Syndrome, this book was absolutely amazing. Although my recovery was much faster than Susan's, I was able to relate to a lot of the fears, hurdles and victories described in this book! It also made me feel extremely lucky to (a) have had the fabulous care I had from compassionate nurses and doctors, (b) have received awesome drugs and was knocked out for most of the time I was on the ventilator, and (c) have gotten this hideous disease in 2009 and not 1980! If not for Having had Guillian-Barre Syndrome, this book was absolutely amazing. Although my recovery was much faster than Susan's, I was able to relate to a lot of the fears, hurdles and victories described in this book! It also made me feel extremely lucky to (a) have had the fabulous care I had from compassionate nurses and doctors, (b) have received awesome drugs and was knocked out for most of the time I was on the ventilator, and (c) have gotten this hideous disease in 2009 and not 1980! If not for the care I received, I could have been in the hospital for 11 months like Sue instead of the 9 weeks I was in there. I always felt lucky about my situation after speaking with others who have had this, but I feel especially lucky after reading this book! I know what I went through and can't imagine having the same experience as the author. God bless you Susan Baier! ...more
5

Mar 27, 2018

This book is about a woman named Sue Baier who is diagnosed with Guillian Barre. Bed number 10 became her home in ICU at the hospital for many months. She had a long road to recovery with many complications. With help from the doctors and nurses Sue began to regain her life once again. One day Sue Baier was able to return home and do almost all of the actives that she once did. Overall I thought this was a great book. I would recommend this as a book to read. There is never a dull moment it is This book is about a woman named Sue Baier who is diagnosed with Guillian Barre. Bed number 10 became her home in ICU at the hospital for many months. She had a long road to recovery with many complications. With help from the doctors and nurses Sue began to regain her life once again. One day Sue Baier was able to return home and do almost all of the actives that she once did. Overall I thought this was a great book. I would recommend this as a book to read. There is never a dull moment it is a very entertaining book. ...more
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Jan 16, 2009

This is one of those books you hear about as a nurse. It does not paint a pretty picture of health care. It's very tempting to refer to patients by diagnoses or conditions, but if you are in health care, and there to be of service, it is important for you and for your patient to keep humanity at the forefront. My heart did go out to the author. But not all health care providers are insensitive boobs; some of us do care and struggle to keep the human touch and recognition alive. I came away more This is one of those books you hear about as a nurse. It does not paint a pretty picture of health care. It's very tempting to refer to patients by diagnoses or conditions, but if you are in health care, and there to be of service, it is important for you and for your patient to keep humanity at the forefront. My heart did go out to the author. But not all health care providers are insensitive boobs; some of us do care and struggle to keep the human touch and recognition alive. I came away more miffed that some people reading this would think this is "typical" for health care/ICUs- the norm, not the exception. (This is the story of a woman with Gillian-Barre, and her time in an ICU.)
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5

May 16, 2011

This should be required reading for any person even thinking about going into the healthcare profession. The story line is that of a woman who contracts Guillian Barre' Syndrome. If you are unfamiliar with this dreaded virus I will give you a few details. It strikes randomly, it leaves its victim paralysed but with the ability to feel pain, and it takes from one to two years to get over the symptoms. "Bed Number Ten" tells of the journey of one woman who battles the virus and the staff meant to This should be required reading for any person even thinking about going into the healthcare profession. The story line is that of a woman who contracts Guillian Barre' Syndrome. If you are unfamiliar with this dreaded virus I will give you a few details. It strikes randomly, it leaves its victim paralysed but with the ability to feel pain, and it takes from one to two years to get over the symptoms. "Bed Number Ten" tells of the journey of one woman who battles the virus and the staff meant to help her. Sue Baier now sits on the board of the GBS Foundation. ...more
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Dec 02, 2010

A good and insightful book about what it's like to be a patient in the ICU. As a nursing student, it was a helpful tool for me to become more sensitive to the reality of being in such an environment.

A good read, but I felt that it dragged on for too long and that some things felt very redundant.
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Oct 04, 2007

Interesting story, but this woman sure did complain a lot as well. If all you can think about when you come home from being in the hospital for months and making a remarkable recovery from a devastating desease is how your African violets are growing crooked, you need to re-evaluate your values!
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May 30, 2016

A really good book to understand the patient's perspective of being hospitalized. Really helps a nurse understand what a patient wants and how we need to put them first and work together with the patient. I could not put this book down. It really makes you think about putting yourself in the patients shoes.
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Sep 13, 2011

This book was amazing!!!!! I am a nurse, and it really made me stop and look into my practice, judge myself on how I care for my patients, and realize that people remember when we do not think they do! I learned so much just by reading this book on the thoughts of patients and their perspective on the care that they receive. We as nurses must realize that even though we do not think our patients know what is going on, they may remember everything!
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Feb 16, 2013

There are very few books that I re-read ... What's the point if you know what's going to happen? I read this book years ago before I had kids and before quite a few more operations. It's a very easy book to read and although Sue has her religious beliefs, she doesn't force that on the reader. Most reviewers say that the health professionals should read this, and while this is true, I think all people should read it to know that you do have rights as a patient to be treated with empathy and There are very few books that I re-read ... What's the point if you know what's going to happen? I read this book years ago before I had kids and before quite a few more operations. It's a very easy book to read and although Sue has her religious beliefs, she doesn't force that on the reader. Most reviewers say that the health professionals should read this, and while this is true, I think all people should read it to know that you do have rights as a patient to be treated with empathy and kindness. It is ok to speak up if you know something in your treatment is not right or if you feel you aren't being heard. Wonderful book! ...more
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Aug 21, 2009

When Sue Baier first noticed a persistent tingling in her toes, she had no idea that shed be totally paralyzed and breathing on a respirator within just 48 hours. Struck with a rare auto-immune illness (Guillain-Barré ) that attacked her nervous system, she would spend the next four months completely dependent on hospital staff to tend to her simplest needs. Although she couldnt move, she was fully aware, and something as simple as an itch could easily become an almost unendurable torment. Some When Sue Baier first noticed a persistent tingling in her toes, she had no idea that she’d be totally paralyzed and breathing on a respirator within just 48 hours. Struck with a rare auto-immune illness (Guillain-Barré ) that attacked her nervous system, she would spend the next four months completely dependent on hospital staff to tend to her simplest needs. Although she couldn’t move, she was fully aware, and something as simple as an itch could easily become an almost unendurable torment. Some of her caretakers were wonderfully sensitive, others were negligent and horrendously inconsiderate. Some even treated her like an inanimate object. Nurses and health care professionals should definitely read this.

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Jan 28, 2013

This is the true story of Sue Baier, housewife and mother of two who wakes up on an ordinary December morning in 1980 with tingling in her toes. Within 48 hrs. she finds herself in the ICU of her local hospital totally paralyzed except for her eyelids.
This is the story of her nightmare illness and the gruelling extensive recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease which, given the severity of each case, paralyzes muscles but leaves it's victim fully aware and able to feel pain.
Excellent! This is the true story of Sue Baier, housewife and mother of two who wakes up on an ordinary December morning in 1980 with tingling in her toes. Within 48 hrs. she finds herself in the ICU of her local hospital totally paralyzed except for her eyelids.
This is the story of her nightmare illness and the gruelling extensive recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease which, given the severity of each case, paralyzes muscles but leaves it's victim fully aware and able to feel pain.
Excellent! Although hard to read the dreadful and happy situtations through my tears, this story illuminates the extremes in the healthcare field both poor and excellent, and just how much the "little" things can mean to a patient. Should be required reading for anyone in the healthcare field from bottom to top! ...more
5

Jan 09, 2017

I'm a nurse and I was so upset by what the nurses did to Sue. It would never even cross my mind to be so cruel to patients. The book is about Sue Baier who was victim to Guillain-Barré syndrome and ended up in the ICU for almost a year. It left her with the inability to communicate other than with blinking her eyes. This book was such an eye opener for me. It will help me to be an even better nurse and be even more attentive to patients that cannot speak. It's the little things that you may not I'm a nurse and I was so upset by what the nurses did to Sue. It would never even cross my mind to be so cruel to patients. The book is about Sue Baier who was victim to Guillain-Barré syndrome and ended up in the ICU for almost a year. It left her with the inability to communicate other than with blinking her eyes. This book was such an eye opener for me. It will help me to be an even better nurse and be even more attentive to patients that cannot speak. It's the little things that you may not notice, like wrinkles in the sheets, that are making your patients uncomfortable and they aren't able to tell you. The book didn't end the way I wanted it to (I wanted Sue to confront those that were cruel to her and wanted her to press charges). But what's most important is that Sue did heal and recover. I recommend this book for all medical professionals and caregivers. ...more
5

May 17, 2012

I read this book many years ago and it was one of the best books I have ever read. It showed me what to look for if someone I love is ever in a coma. The woman talked about how awful some of the nurses would treat her, bad things that they would say and how ungentle they would treat her believing she could not feel anything. She felt pain, heard things going on around her. It was awful what she went through by some of the aides and nurses, but some were very caring and gentle to her. It is a I read this book many years ago and it was one of the best books I have ever read. It showed me what to look for if someone I love is ever in a coma. The woman talked about how awful some of the nurses would treat her, bad things that they would say and how ungentle they would treat her believing she could not feel anything. She felt pain, heard things going on around her. It was awful what she went through by some of the aides and nurses, but some were very caring and gentle to her. It is a great story and will make you think twice about whether or not a person knows anything or feels anything if they are in a coma.. I think "everyone" should read this book, especially if they have a loved one that could possible end up in a coma due to an illness like the one this woman had Guillian-Barr. I really enjoyed reading this book. It made me cry at times and at other times I wanted to punch some of the people that were so mean and cruel. Even though it has been a very long time since I read this I will never forget it. It is a great read from beginning to end. ...more
4

Feb 14, 2017

I read (heard) this book in 1987 when it came out on cassette, having been produced by www.loc.gov/nls. It went up on the BARD website recently, so I downloaded it. I visited an old friend. I found it a bit hard going because of the medical care Baier received, so uneven. I wanted to shake her husband, Bill, who while very devoted, seemed in the beginning to be in over his head. He didn't want to make waves. You don't do that. Don't bother the doctor and don't make waves. But then I reminded I read (heard) this book in 1987 when it came out on cassette, having been produced by www.loc.gov/nls. It went up on the BARD website recently, so I downloaded it. I visited an old friend. I found it a bit hard going because of the medical care Baier received, so uneven. I wanted to shake her husband, Bill, who while very devoted, seemed in the beginning to be in over his head. He didn't want to make waves. You don't do that. Don't bother the doctor and don't make waves. But then I reminded myself that was in the very early 1980s, not 2017. I cannot imagine how this author dealt with such an exhausting disease. Bill seemed to be always there trying to help her. She had supportive church friends, too. Some hospital staff were great, others, not always; and others, useless!

But what I most wonder about now, not when I first read it, is how it got published and how the author is doing now. She must surely be nearing her 80th year. I just wonder what the backstory is. I do suspect that Bill's notebook helped her recreate her medical experiences. I wonder how her two daughters are doing now and if the family still lives in Houston. I wonder if she wrote anything else.

I once knew a lady who had Guillain-Barre syndrome in about 2003 or so. Hers was not so severe. She had returned from a trip to Europe. Baier mentions having traveled several times to Europe. I wonder if she caught something that later expressed as Guillain-Barré syndrome.

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Feb 22, 2017

This book is about a women named Sue Baiser(also the author) who was at home one day and started getting symptoms of a disease called guilliain-barre. This disease slower paralyzes a person from neck down. Very few recover from it. Sue has 2 kids and a husband. This book goes through how each of these people react to her getting this disease and also her feeling. At the beginning of the book she just starts to get a burning sensation in her mouth and feet and always being thirsty. By the end of This book is about a women named Sue Baiser(also the author) who was at home one day and started getting symptoms of a disease called guilliain-barre. This disease slower paralyzes a person from neck down. Very few recover from it. Sue has 2 kids and a husband. This book goes through how each of these people react to her getting this disease and also her feeling. At the beginning of the book she just starts to get a burning sensation in her mouth and feet and always being thirsty. By the end of the book she is fully paralyzed from the neck down and can only open and close her eye lids. And by the end of the book she gets better and gets to go back home. The doctors said she wouldn't ever get better after seeing many specialists. In most of the book she spends her time in hospital bed number 10. As she leaves she wished the next people luck who will stay in bed number 10. ...more
4

Sep 20, 2018

A decent book, it's no "Ghost Boy", and it's a little mired in the 80's- But still a quick easy read.
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Apr 02, 2020

Frustrating book. Her husband seemed very insensible. Interesting learning about that disease, though.
5

Oct 15, 2019

This is a great read, and I am so glad that a friend recommended it to me. Sue has a completely unique perspective and it is really interesting to hear from her point of view.
5

May 27, 2019

Great read, everyones in healthcare should have to read this first person account of an ICU patients experience. Although this story is set in the landscape of 1980s healthcare... its still poignant and appropriate to human interaction.
Fantastic find, well stated, thought provoking and life changing. Great read, everyone’s in healthcare should have to read this first person account of an ICU patient’s experience. Although this story is set in the landscape of 1980s healthcare... it’s still poignant and appropriate to human interaction.
Fantastic find, well stated, thought provoking and life changing. ...more
5

Jul 10, 2018

This book was haunting. I cried so much. When my nursing fundamentals instructor read this, she told our class that it should be required reading for every student nurse. She was so right! The pain and indignity Sue faced with awful nursing care contrasted with the happiness and relief of proper nursing care was so palpable. This book is out of print now; I'm lucky one of my classmates is passing it around our class.
5

Feb 02, 2019

This book is inspiring to see how she works hard to come back. To be trapped in your body, to hear, and see and not be able to function is so scary. This is a real syndrome that happens to real people. I as a nurse am ashamed of the caregivers she encountered. The book is written well and it will tug at your heart as she shares her struggles. Guillain-Barre' syndrome happens. I have to say Thank You for sharing this recovery. I highly reccommend this to all healthcare personnel.
5

Jan 02, 2020

Read this book based on the recommendation from a PTA I met who said this book inspired him to pursue his career. It tells the story of a patient with the debilitating Guillen-Barre disease, which leaves her unable to communicate or move most of her muscles for a long time. The story is told from the viewpoint of her stuck in her hospital bed and recounts the hospital workers that care most and least for her.
5

Apr 09, 2019

I really liked this book more than I thought. I was amazed to hear how healthcare professionals can treat a patient, both good and terribly. Any patient is a person and should be treated accordingly. Also, the outcome a patient will have is determined by the attitude of the patient and the resources available to the patient, so try anything and everything! Also, it saddens me how much Mrs. Baier had to think of everything for her care, meaning that there never really seemed to be any plan of I really liked this book more than I thought. I was amazed to hear how healthcare professionals can treat a patient, both good and terribly. Any patient is a person and should be treated accordingly. Also, the outcome a patient will have is determined by the attitude of the patient and the resources available to the patient, so try anything and everything! Also, it saddens me how much Mrs. Baier had to think of everything for her care, meaning that there never really seemed to be any plan of care set up with therapy or doctors. It got better towards the end of the book, but WTF hospital staff! Also, the love story between Bill and Sue is truly AMAZING to withstand so much tension without knowing the outcome. I pray they are still together and thriving. ...more

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