Readers’ Responses

12/5/10 (from a former nursing student)

Hey Lois!

Got your book in the mail yesterday and I can’t put it down! I haven’t heard your voice in 18 years, but as I read this book I hear it like I’m 20 years old again sitting in your class at TCC. I’ve missed your wisdom, your stories and your integrity more than you know!!

I have laughed out loud and cried through this book today. Thank-you for your honesty. Thank-you for letting me know you and learn from you as a 20-year-old and again as a 40-year-old.

Do you remember when a professor from another discipline made an off-handed remark to you about teaching bed pan placement? Your response to him has stuck with me and has defined my work ethic as a nurse. You proudly and calmly said to him…. as a matter of fact I am teaching my students how to properly place a bedpan under a patient. They will do it in a way that is comfortable to the patient, protects his dignity and does not spill a drop of urine onto his clean bed. I think of that so often when I’m doing my job. Whether it’s a big job that everyone sees or something small like restocking a labor room so that the next pt and nurse have everything they need. Do it right. Do it well. Do it proudly.

[And] I feel like I know [your husband] after reading your book. I was thinking that every great book needs a hero and Marv is the hero in Caring Lessons. I’m sure you know that already:) He really is WAY ahead of his time.

Take care and thanks again for being a wonderful mentor.


Amy Nagelkirk

(Thank you, Amy, for giving me permission to print your letter! And you’ve inspired me to add the endorsements inside my book under “Endorsements” at the top of this blog. All, I know, will be helpful to potential readers.)

1-17-11 (from a former teacher and long-time friend of one of my older sisters)

Hi Lois,
This holiday time, I spent time reading your wonderful book.  Just wanted you to know how meaningful it was to me.  You have found a new career – your style is so informative, yet keeps your interest.
I really did enjoy your life and felt so privileged to be part of it through your book.   Your various positions were most interesting and how good God is to have allowed you all the education to accomplish all you did in these various fields.
Loved your caring, humor, and honesty.  I must say I was relieved when you did retire as I was worn out working so hard with you and shedding many tears.
Thank you sincerely for this opportunity to see God’s hand at work in your life.  May you now move on into new arenas and share the blessings!
To Marv:  Thank you sincerely, Marv, for showing your love, constancy, devotion, and moving boxes so many times for Lois.  I love the lines:  “Guess I’ll have to get the boxes from the attic again.  I’m not going to change your mind anyway!” You are a treasure of a husband, Marv!
Carol Breems

(Thank you, Carol, for letting me feature your review here!  And before Marv’s head swells up, I’ll make sure he keeps cooking me dinner… On second thought, it’s my birthday today–69!– so I think I’ll remind him that birthdays mean dinner out.)

2 thoughts on “Readers’ Responses”

  1. I bought your book on Amazon and just finished it. As a staff nurse (by choice) my entire career I found it interesting to view nursing from a different perspective. Management and teaching were never my thing but I can appreciate how challenging and rewarding they were for you. I’m so glad you wrote this book!


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