I wrote this book after completing five months of chemotherapy, losing most of my bone marrow along the way and suffering a major decline in haemoglobin, collapsing in the street once, undergoing a CT scan and two bone marrow biopsies, being hospitalised three times, and receiving fourteen blood transfusions.
Haematemesis relates the journey of a medical innocent through the wilds of the hospital system. It is a comic account of life on the business side of the medical looking glass, written to encourage others as they face the uncertainties of life in the hands of modern-day medical practitioners.
Or, expressed another way, I wasn't ready for hospital and hospital wasn't ready for me. The frictions that ensued made for some entertaining moments.
noun: the vomiting of blood
Origin early 19th century:
from haemato- ‘of blood’ + Greek emesis ‘vomiting’.
More broadly: barf, chuck, chunder, disgorge, heave, puke, regurgitate, retch, spew, vomit
the reflex act of ejecting the contents of the stomach through the mouth
Not to be confused with haemoptysis
noun: spitting or coughing up of blood or blood-streaked mucus, as in tuberculosis
This novel may be thought of as the writer suddenly disgorging some of the fear, hope, pain, confusion and amusement accumulated during his sudden loss of independence and unexpected reliance on men and women in white coats.
The kindness of these wonderful people can never be repaid.
Then, again, there were a few of the other sort...