Our newest author has taken us through the reason behind his explosive medical novel, Susan’s Flutter. Let’s go behind the scene as we peeled the inspiration behind this great work of fiction.
In his own words, George John writes:
Three years ago when I retired from the National Health Service, I morphed into a school mum. My primary role in life was the school run, taking my lovely granddaughter to school and picking her from school. It was a pleasant exercise, spending time with the adorable little seven-year-old child, listening to what she did in school that day, who her best friend was (the names are different almost every day) or how well she did in her spelling test that day.
The only snag is the precious little parking space near that prestigious school because it’s virtually in the middle of the town. The earliest birds get the worms. I ensured that I was one of the first to get there and park my car in the allotted space on the road. That meant that I had plenty of time while I was a virtual prisoner in the car with nothing in particular to do, except listening to the BBC or reading something I fancied. The afternoons, waiting for the child, brought longer durations of loneliness and boredom. That was when I discovered that one solution to the problem was writing. My interest in creative writing blossomed!
Then last year, on a sunny afternoon while listening to BBC news, I discovered the tragic report about a family struggling with the dilemma of how to deal with an unfortunate case in which a sufferer of Alzheimer’s disease forgot her husband and children. But, things took a turn for the worse when she developed a romantic relationship with a resident at the nursing home. There was a discussion about the agony of relatives of patients with memory loss and how best to address the unfortunate situation. That was when I decided that I would love to explore this subject and write about it. In chapter twelve, I have discussed, in details, the two diametrically opposite viewpoints about the ethical and moral connotations in such a predicament. One of the major reasons I wrote this book is to highlight the plight of relatives, nurses, and the huge number of patients with dementia. I believe we have to acknowledge the sterling contributions of our medical professionals to the welfare of the patients in particular, and their service to society.
In the novel, I also wrote about a talented young man with a bright future who experiment with drugs and gangs. It was a slippery slope to disaster and as it is evidenced in London in the spate of killings on a daily basis, drugs are playing a huge part in the upsurge of violence.
As an Urologist, I had seen and dealt with the grim effects of Ketamine abuse. I felt strongly that I should highlight this problem. I also believe most people are not aware of the huge number of young people in our society who may develop severe urinary symptoms and, they may eventually lose their urinary bladders if they indulge in the prolonged use of drugs like Ketamine.
I believe authors should put out important, informative messages to their readers. That is why I pointed out in this novel that around forty to fifty percent of cancers of the urinary bladder in the United Kingdom are caused by smoking! How many people are aware of that fact? I know that the detailed narration of clinical situations in the chapter Ketamine bladder may be too graphic for some readers. But, if this book is successful as a warning against Ketamine abuse and an effective deterrence to our youngsters experimenting with the drug, then it would have been worthwhile.
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