This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay
Reading Challenge Category: Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge - A book outside your (genre) comfort zone
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward.
I can’t say that I had been looking forward to reading this book, but it is in my reading challenge for a ‘book outside your (genre) comfort zone’. It was really hyped last year and got glowing reviews, so I was intrigued to see if it would grip me and fascinate me the way it has everyone else. Wow, what an eye-opener! This was hilarious, depressing, and shocking! It is so well-written it has you gasping and laughing out loud until the end, which makes you feel very sombre indeed. To say it gripped me would be an understatement. I needed to keep reading. I needed to know what was the straw that broke the camels back and why he was no longer working as a doctor. I mean everything he writes in this book I’m surprised he didn’t give up years earlier. Adam Kay’s insight into his time with the NHS is genuinely astounding. I kept having to remind myself that all of this happened, it’s not just fiction made up for the book, but all of the details are based on his real-life experience. We, as the British public, are generally stupid! That pretty much sums up what he had to deal with. It has certainly made me appreciate everyone that works for the NHS and everything they sacrifice to keep us alive and well. I’ve always just assumed that because of their training and knowledge that they were well paid. I knew about the long hours but not about the lack of acknowledgement and remuneration they get. It is truly shocking that they expect someone on such a low wage to have their leave cancelled at last minute and say ‘just fly home for the weekend’. How are they supposed to pay for said flight?!? I’m not sure reading this two weeks before I have a gynae op was the best idea though. I hadn’t realised his specialised medicine was obstetrics and gynaecology. If I had, I might have waited until after my day surgery to read this, oh well! An absolutely brilliant read and I will be recommending it to everyone, we all use the NHS, most complain, but none of us really realise what these doctors are sacrificing for us. I think the thing that will stay with me the most if the degloving incident!