Readers of our blog and our website, HerMentorCenter.com, have been having a spirited discussion since yesterday with Patsy Harman, author of “The Blue Cotton Gown.” It continues today through the comment section of our blog. Please feel free to keep on sending in your opinions and questions. And our thanks to Patsy for being so generous with her time.
You can still read in full all of the responses that came in through yesterday’s “comment” link. Here’s a sampling of just some of them:
NR Reader: I loved your book, Patsy, and talking to you as well. Amazed by your candid writing about not only your own reactions regarding your patients, but your own relationship with your rather amazing sounding husband, too . . .a very touching and heartfelt book. Thank you for writing it.
NR Reader: What was the nicest experience you had with one of your patients? How about the scariest one?
PH: Recently a patient told me she really liked my book, “The Blue Cotton Gown”…This was the best review I ever got…I laughed, I cried, I was inspired. Is that sweet or what? The worst experience I’ve had…too many to mention. Babies that died, teens that overdosed, women that were abused. It is a hard world out there. I do what I can. Patsy
NR Reader: I’ve been wanting to go back to school to study for a degree in nutrition but I’m afraid that I’m too old. How old were you when you went back to school to become a midwife? Was it hard to compete with younger students? Could you keep up with all the reading and the assignments? I worry that I will become overwhelmed by my classes and not be able to set aside the time I need to concentrate on them with all that is going on in my family life. How did you make it work for you?
PH: I had three kids. I was 37 when I went back to become an RN and graduated with my masters when I was 41. Midwifery is really physically demanding, but I have a lot of energy so I was ok. I also love to study.
If you haven’t been in school for a while, I would just look up the courses that are part of the major you are interested in. Maybe take a few classes at a community college. I bet you will do fine. You might even do better than some of the younger students because they are out partying. Never give up on your dreams. Patsy
PH: The life of a working mother is really stressful and with the economic crisis in the US and the rest of the world it’s not getting better for any of us, guys included. We need to give each other all the support we can. Peace, Patsy
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