Published: 19th April 2018
97 hour weeks. Life and death decisions. A constant tsunami of bodily fluids and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s diaries provide a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heart breaking, this is everything you wanted to know (and more than a few things you didn’t) about life on and off the hospital ward.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve read a non-fiction book. To me, I prefer to read a story – whether it’s mystery, romance or about someone discovering who they really are. I’ve always struggled when it comes to non-fiction because there’s no real plot to it.
This Is Going To Hurt is one of the most talked about books on Instagram and so, I bought it after seeing a lot of bloggers discuss it (cheers to the two who spoilt it for me!). I think everyone will have a different opinion of this book and it’s not one which I can really review as it is continual snippets of Adam’s day during his time as a doctor.
“A strange realisation that it’s the first time I’ve actually saved a life in five months as a doctor.”
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be: eye opening. Fair enough, that’s two but you get the idea of what I’m trying to say. In the UK, we’re lucky to have the NHS system – they saved my live back in early 2017 when they kindly put me into private care, but this book showed how insane the NHS is. The endless shifts are a real thing and yet for years, I thought doctors / nurses made that up to sound even more fantastic. But Adam certainly gives readers a real, honest and sometimes funny indication of what working for the NHS was like for him.
“Doesn’t matter what else you do, utter the C-word just once and you’ve basically walked into the cubicle and said nothing but ‘cancer cancer cancer cancer cancer’ for half an hour.”
The realisation of being a doctor / nurse is the sacrifice of your own life in order to help other people and that takes a selfless person to do so. At the beginning of the book, Adam mentions his other half every now and then – he misses dinners, anniversaries, dates, friend’s weddings etc. but it’s only when the book is nearing the end that he mentions his “depressing bachelor pad” and it just goes to show how much he personally sacrificed for his job.
The final diary entry was the one that people spoilt for me (don’t worry, I won’t be doing the same for you) but it’s the reason why Adam no longer works as a doctor. It is sad and I know quite a few were emotional when they read it so if you do, I think you’ll work out why they were upset and I wasn’t.
“Non-medics can never appreciate quite how tough it is to be a doctor and the impact it has on real life.”
Overall, if you want a real insight to the crazy world of the NHS, then give it a go. I’m passing it onto my friend who is a doctor to see exactly what he thinks! I enjoyed the book, I did take over two weeks to read it during my lunch breaks and it was also down to the fact that I wasn’t overly invested in the whole conception. Yes, it was interesting but it’s not my favourite style of book.