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10 thoughts on “Making the Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat

  1. says:

    This isn t a review, it s a resolution I WILL finish this bookI DID finish this book.It was hard going.I m such a cat person I couldn t resist the title, but in fact the book isn t about a cat at all The title is just a hook to get cat lovers like me to part with hoping we might understand something about the totally mysterious thought processes of a cat What the book is about is Dr Dosa who isn t very interesting He s married with kids and has non disabling arthritis He s very ordinary but nice, I d like him for my GP The book is really about his job which is treating Alzheimers patients in a nursing home The cat, not a friendly creature, knows when people are dying and goes to sit with them We don t know any about Oscar and anyway the book isn t about him and an investigation into how Oscar gains this knowledge that beats even medical technology s ability to predict death.The book might have been a lot interesting if I hadn t just finished Atul Gawande s Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End which is about the options for end care mostly in old people and especially Alzheimers and explains, among other things, how the model of the nursing home with cats and dogs and birds that is where Dr Dosa and Oscar came to be Atul Gawande is a wonderful writer, David Dosa just writes serviceable prose and then again Gawande is a interesting person and goes into his subject very thoroughly leaving you much to think over and regretting the book is so short It s always the same with Gawande s books, you want It s rather the opposite for Dosa s Making Rounds with Oscar , less would have been greatly appreciated.I WILL finish this book

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    It seems I am in the minority here, but I thought this book was just okay It was billed as a story about a cat s ability to sense when dementia patients in a nursing home were approaching death and his dedication to remaining with them during their final hours The real focus of the book, however, was on Dr Dosa s experience treating his patients with dementia That subject is certainly important and interesting, but the approach of revealing almost the entire story through dialogue between himself and the nursing staff and or family members of the patients most of which seemed stilted and manufactured wore thin after a while He brought up some serious issues in his own life, including a chronic health condition, but then left them as loose ends, making me wonder why he brought them up in the first place return return Dr Dosa started the book by admitting that he is not a cat person, but that he wanted to understand about how Oscar knew to do what he did Aside from that initial curiosity, there was no real understanding of why he was so interested, nor any major conclusions revealed through his experience Although technically a dog person, I love all animals, and anyone who spends any amount of time with them would not be at all surprised by Oscar s gift I wish the book had focused specifically on the patients families perspectives on Oscar rather than the doctor s return return Finally, the book went on for too long The story was initially published in a medical journal The story would have been better served by taking that essay, putting it into lay terms and publishing it as a magazine article return return Nonetheless, I learned quite a bit about the disease of dementia, and the book was an easy and quick read Not great, but not horrible.

  3. says:

    This is a really touching story of Oscar, a cat who lives on the dementia floor of a nursing home called Steare House When he senses a person is dying, he jumps on their bed and settles down to keep vigil until the undertakers collect the body David Dosa, a physician who cared for patients in the nursing home, didn t believe that Oscar could know when someone was dying but at the suggestion of Mary the manager, he interviewed a number of families whose relative had died in the nursing home and got a remarkably consistent story and it is these stories that are told here When a patient was failing Oscar would often come into the room, look at the patient, sniff the air and either leave or if he sensed the patient would die soon, settle down on their bed He started doing this while still a kitten and was never wrong Patients loved living in a nursing home where there were two cats on each floor to come and visit them and be petted It made them feel at home, particularly if they were animal lovers and may have left pets at home Many relatives remarked that they felt comforted that Oscar was keeping vigil with them during their loved one s last hours For many they knew it was time to accept that this was the end and to call in their family members.What a beautiful cat and what a wonderful nursing home to allow animals It sounds like a very special place where the staff truly care about their patients and helping them achieve a peaceful death.

  4. says:

    This is a heartwarming tale about aging, life, death and letting go It s also about the love we give and receive from the animals in our lives This book details the amazing ability of one particular cat, named Oscar, in a New England nursing home who is able to determine when one of the residents is about to die He chooses to stand watch over these people until they die, comforting the families who come visit and spend the last moments with loved ones He acts as a calming force, a sentry against the fear of dying and losing those we love The story is short, but is filled with anecdotes of Oscar s presence at the final moments of many of the residents at Steere House s third floor The doctor who wrote the book was skeptical at first, but came to believe in the cat s ability to sense those who needed him most Overall, it s a tale that is not only an interesting read, but is also a kind of primer of what to expect and what help is available to caregivers of people with dementia I like that Dr Dosa offers advice and the perspective of someone who has seen many people live with and eventually die from the affects of dementia, but he is not judgmental about the time it takes for people to accept the fate of those with this terrible disease This book was selected by my local library s book club as its May 2012 read I really enjoyed reading it and realize that and I truly am a cat person and a sucker for a good cat story.interesting quotes Coincidence is God s way of remaining anonymous attributed to author Albert Einstein 9810 from his book The World as I See It p 17 With Oscar at my sidewell, I felt a little less alone It s hard to explain, but some animals, well, the sense they give you is that they understand what s going on More than that, they just accept I don t know, but Oscar gave me a feeling that this is all natural And it is, isn t it If birth is a miracle, isn t death a miracle, too p 27 But I ve learned over the years that explanations only make things worse Simple apologies work better p 31 A dog comes when you call and a cat takes a message and gets back to you p 66 Dogs have owners Cats have staff p 129 I wasn t surprised by her response I was a traveling salesman pitching an unpopular product the reality check p 158 And by the way, at the end of my days, I prefer the cat over the ICU p 225

  5. says:

    I absolutely adore this book Watching my own mother pass away from cancer and seeing how her dog interacted with her I believe that Oscar has that special gift toothe gift to comfort someone in the darkest of times We all must die alone but with an animal lying by your side, purring or just snuggling I truly believe it brings comfort not only to the person who is passing on but those who are there with them This is a beautiful book, simply written The author starts off not believing that a cat could be capable of showing this kind of knowledge or empathy and by researching he finds it to be true This book gives me hope and less fear of death since I have 4 pets I KNOW they will be there for me at the end of my life as they are for me now.

  6. says:

    As a book about a cat, it was disappointing.As a book about dementia, it was a success.

  7. says:

    I had to travel for work last week I finished the book I brought with me for the trip out And because of the no electronics during take off and landing rule, I needed another book to keep me occupied on the return trip until I could read on the iPad or, in this instance, re watch the season finale of Sons of Anarchy Anyway, I was in a really small airport that had a really small selection of books The only one that really caught my eye was Making Rounds With Oscar.Dr David Dosa works with dementia patients and their families at a nursing home called Steere House in Rhode Island Steere House is also home to Oscar and several other cats While all the cats interact with the staff and patients, Oscar seems to know when a patient is going to die Normally standoffish, Oscar makes a point of waiting, curled up next to a patient, in their final hours He doesn t leave until the patient has passed.SPOILER ALERT I only do this with books about animals, but before I bought the book, I flipped through the last few pages to make sure we were still talking about Oscar in the present tense I cannot read books where the animals die, so I know it is a spoiler, but it s one I m OK sharing SPOILER OVERA scientist, Dr Dosa was admittedly skeptical of Oscar s ability to sense death But he began interviewing the families of former patients about their experience with Oscar And while he learned that Oscar provides a great sense of comfort to the families and staff during their loved one s final hours, he also gained a greater understanding on the impact of dementia which includes but is not synonymous with Alzheimer s on the patient and their families.I enjoyed the book because as a pet owner I m firmly convinced that animals can sense our moods and provide comfort and companionship when we need it most But at the same time, I call the experience of reading the book bittersweet My family has a history of Alzheimer s, and those personal experiences and fears that come from that place deep down inside that make me wonder if one day, I too, will suffer from it brought a special poignancy and touch of melancholy to the story.Still, it is a story of companionship and love in the sense of Oscar being a part of a patient s final hours and in the stories of love from the patient s families It is overall heartwarming and comforting, and one I would recommend.

  8. says:

    If this book had been called My Life with Dementia Patients and oh yeah, there s a cat , I d have given it four stars I also would NOT have bought it I was fascinated with Oscar when I read his story online several years ago I bought this book because I wanted to know about THE CAT Not about Doctor Dosa or the lives of his patients Everything about the outside of the book points to it being ABOUT the cat, not being about the doctor who doesn t even like cats and makes no attempt to get to know the species or this member of it This is about Dosa s health, or his family, or the interminable stories about people and then the and oh yeah Oscar was there when they died and it was great Seriously, the book gives Oscar maybe 10% of the real estate The book opens with Dosa bemoaning not getting a grant well, he s raking cash in with this book Hope he s happy If you were dissatisfied with Dewey the Library Cat for its meandering off the subject of Dewey, you ll hate this.

  9. says:

    Oscar the cat ignores most of the patients at the nursing home where he lives until they are dying Without fail, he shows up within 24 hours before a patient dies and stands watch until they are gone He brings comfort to the patients and their families as they pass to the next life.This is a true story, written by a doctor at the nursing home Dr Dosa was initially skeptical about Oscar s ability, but once he became convinced, he decided to interview the families that Oscar had comforted as they lost a loved one This book is primarily about the stories behind the patients in the dementia Alzheimer s units and how their family members dealt with losing a parent or spouse to dementia I learned a lot about dementia Bonus points for weaving his own story into the book Dr Dosa has some chronic health problems and his mother in law was diagnosed with dementia while he was working on the book Including some tips for caregivers of a patient that has been diagnosed with dementia at the end of the book.Rated PG for mature themes death and dying , but this is a very clean read.

  10. says:

    4 5 Ha sido un libro que me ha emocionado mucho

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