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The Blink of an Eye
The Blink of an Eye: How I Died and Started Living | Rikke Schmidt Kjrgaard
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'The most spellbinding and harrowing story I believe I have ever heard. It is the story you are about to read.' BILL BRYSON The powerful and moving memoir by a scientist and mother of three of how she learned to live again, after a sudden severe infection caused her to die and then revive, but locked in - completely paralysed, and only able to blink an eye. Foreword by Bill Bryson. At the age of 38, Rikke Schmidt Kjrgaard, a Danish scientist, wife and mother of three, is struck down by an acute bout of bacterial meningitis. She awakes from a coma in intensive care to find herself locked in, unable to show she is conscious except by blinking her eye. It becomes her only form of communication as in the months that follow, Kjrgaard's husband Peter sits beside her helping to interpret every eye movement. She struggles with every basic of life - painfully learning how to breathe, move, eat and speak again. Despite being given a five per cent chance of survival, she works intensively to recover and to achieve every small breakthrough. The Blink of an Eye is a celebration of love and family and every little thing that matters when life is in the balance - written by a scientist uniquely able to describe her physical and mental journey to recovery.
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Bklover
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I don‘t know what possesses me to read these books that I call “disease books”. They scare me to death. This is a terrifying account of a woman fighting for life against a tiny not-that-rare bacteria. It was fascinating and very detailed but I‘m glad it‘s over.

Amiable Ha! I‘m so happy to see that someone else shares my fascination with what my husband calls my “disease-of-the-month “ book club. 😀 8mo
Bklover @Amiable Glad I‘m not the only one. We will have to keep each other posted if we find any new good ones!!!😊 8mo
Nebklvr I love nonfiction about diseases 8mo
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Tamra Same reason I try not to google symptoms! 🥴 8mo
Amiable @Bklover @Nebklvr We should start a Disease Book Club! 😀 8mo
Nebklvr @Amiable That is a cool idea! 8mo
Reggie I can‘t watch Dr.Oz for the same reason. 8mo
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A brilliant memoir with shades of Its not yet dark and diving bell and the butterfly! Couldn‘t put it down