The Solace Tree

by Frank Tejada, M.D.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 25/09/2009

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 304
ISBN : 9781449022754
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 304
ISBN : 9781449022747

About the Book

Maria Isidoro Schalalci, a petite mail-order bride from the Orient, is the second wife of Albert Schalaci, a lanky, stubborn fanatic, who has kidney failure, but refuses to accept the standard form of medicine.  Explanations, constant urgings and threats, fail to dissuade him from his unorthodox ways and belief.  He insists on his own herbal remedies with near-deadly consequences.

Despite his curmudgeonly personality, however, she stays with him, perseveres, and tolerates his shenanigans. Only through her vicarious sacrifices, determination, and tenacity, her husband escapes the inevitable. The willow tree by the pond, her retreat for prayers, meditation, and a hiding place from her obnoxious husband, helps maintain her sanity.

This story, although a dramatization, is based on the author’s professional knowledge and personal experiences with renal failure and its treatment.  It portrays patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD): the etiologies, symptomatology, physiology, processes, and benefits of the accepted treatment options. It is an aid to the understanding of the plight of patients and families with CKD: their miseries, frustrations, disappointments, and the successes and failures in the quest for compatible kidney donors.

The author aims to give the readers and the public a better understanding of the disease’s processes and its ultimate remedy, kidney transplantation, and hopes to erase the clouds of doubt, skepticism, and fear.

Life is sweet, help the unfortunates.

About the Author

Dr. Francisco Tejada is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas School of Medicine, Manila, Philippines. After several years of further medical training in the Chicago Hospitals, he ran his private medical practice for thirty years in Collinsville, Illinois.

Boredom of retirement ushered him to pursue several hobbies—oil painting, writing novels, and ballroom dancing. He still uses his medical skills on medical missionary work in the Philippines.

He has written two novels: The Treasures of Lamon Bay, about the experiences of a teenager in the Philippines during World War II, and Purple Caduceus, relates the inside perspective of the behavior and activities of the medical community. His third novel, The Solace Tree, is based on his professional knowledge and personal experiences with renal failure and its treatment modalities.

Frank’s Arts in Collinsville, Illinois, displays his works.

He is married and has six children and nine grandchildren.