Reviewed by Patient Fortitude By Christine Perrott Patient Fortitude is a moving and empowering story of the loved shared between a couple enduring a serious illness, and the emotions they face during a lengthy stay in public hospital. It is an inspirational account of a woman?s search for dignity for both herself and her husband through a long term hospital confinement and after a medical discharge. Christine Perrott chronicles her experience as a full time carer for her husband Roy who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. Christine bravely recounts the distressing realities associated with the sudden hospitalisation of a loved one including housing and financial issues; dealing with insensitive healthcare professionals; and experiencing a loss of control. Christine faces many obstacles in her quest to care for her husband from home after his hospital stay, particularly the reluctance of medical carers to release Roy to the care of his wife. With the help of assisting therapists, Roy and Christine begin the frustrating yet rewarding long term process of at-home rehabilitation. Patient Fortitude is an emotional and heroic account which illustrates the need for increased sensitivity across the health care sector, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in the experiences of people with a long term illness who face hispitalisation, and their carers.
This moving true story is an example of the power of self-belief, support, persistence and courage; gives insight into the interior of a public hospital and the emotions of two people experiencing an extended stay there; Read more about “Patient Fortitude”