I think you are really going to enjoy today’s guest. Rebecca, from The Cadence Group is stopping by with the esteemed cardiac surgeon and author, Dr. Ismael Nuño!! Let’s give him a very warm welcome to our group!
Dr. Ismael Nuño
Dr. Nuño was born in Mexico. He received his MD in 1976. He received training in General Surgery and subsequently in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Nuño was in the Army for a period of ten Years. He was Deputy commander for 5th Mash during the Gulf War. The last 15 years of his career were as Chief of Cardiac Surgery at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He is now retired and lives in Marina del Rey, California.
Connect with Dr. Nuño at his website here.
What I learned from writing a book
The process of writing a book is not only dynamic but very insightful as well. The opinion of the author is changed multiple times as his or her opinion changes depending on what he wants the perception of his reader to be. I chose multiple short stories for the reader to be quickly moved by the topic that I was developing for them. The introduction deals with my giving CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) to my older sister at 35 thousand feet while flying from Los Angeles to Paris. In the chapter Catharine, I describe how my 18 year old daughter succumbs to Anorexia Nervosa after four years, and because of changes in her heart from the anorexia, I found her one morning, lifeless, no breaths, no pulses and I had to give her CPR. I remember that terrible morning when I found her how I did not know what to do first, Begin CPR or call the paramedics. Each had a sequence and each had an implication. If I call first the paramedics on 911 I will get help but it will keep me from beginning the resuscitation. If I give her CPR, I delay help from getting to her. Now it is a simple sequence that I would choose, at that moment, it was an eternity and the implication was that no matter what I did, would carry consequences from that point on.
My opinions about my chapters are now different in how I perceive them. As I lived moments when I saved someone’s life or lost it, I had a quick opinion about them. I did not stop to ponder all of the implications about each accomplishment or loss. Now I do. I find in retrospect, honor, and respect about each life that I was able to keep. I celebrate life now. I remember and honor death. I am able to mix all of those emotions with the honor and respect I have for my family as well. Of all of the times I missed my children’s birthday parties, I can now stop and honor each one of them. Perhaps not to my children’s satisfaction but I can justify what I did and why I did it.
My thoughts are dynamic. My emotions are varied and my respect is solid. I matured and developed sophistication as I wrote each chapter. Each chapter was written with a purpose. Each chapter was given a legacy, and a place in time. History will chronologically put it in its proper place.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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As one of America’s former leading cardiac surgeons, Dr. Nuño healed patients’ hearts. Fixing “broken” hearts gave him a unique and intimate view into the power of the heart. Even coming face to face with death and losing patients, there is a beauty that can exist even in loss. The Spirit of the Heart is a collection of heart-warming stories that resonate at the core of our humanness. He graciously offers the insights he has gained from occupying a front-row seat at some of life’s most real and raw moments. These tender stories teach us about what it means to be human, to be connected to others, to love, to live, to forgive.
Hardcover: 202 pages
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing (October 12, 2012)
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