The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents: A Memoir

By Connie Mariano

A riveting look at the private lives of our presidents throughout the eyes in their White condo health care professional

Dr. Connie Mariano served nine years on the White condo less than Presidents George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. She participated in international headline-making information occasions and traveled around the world. She cared for traveling dignitaries and used to be charged with taking care of the entire contributors of the 1st kin. From flirting with King Juan Carlos of Spain to spending the evening at the Queen of England's yacht, Dr. Mariano glimpsed a glittering and robust famous person that few ever see. White apartment health care provider is a desirable investigate what is going on at the back of closed doorways at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Feeling and looking stylish in my pink satin shirt and black silk skirt, i used to be additionally loose this night from the load of the cumbersome mystery provider radio on my hip, or bulging out from below my night dresses. I stood in accordance with a small platter in hand, able to fill it up with roast pork, crudités, and the White condo chef’s recognized huge, succulent cocktail shrimp. “I imagine he’s choking at the shrimp,” the fellow whispered to me as I placed down my platter. I were operating my means round the buffet desk, and out of the nook of my eye I had noticed a brief and stout, red-faced middle-aged guy, akin to a more youthful Santa Claus, clutching his throat. He was once attempting to be as discreet as he may whereas choking to dying in the midst of revelers within the country eating Room of the White apartment. visitors stood shoulder to shoulder in line, eyeing every one other’s clothier matches and glittery vacation attire. everybody within the room felt designated to have acquired the coveted invitation to the president’s vacation celebration. This was once a time to seem cool, calm, and glamorous. If anyone else spotted the choking guy, they have been ignoring him and his approaching social gaffe. “Can you converse? ” I reflexively requested the guy, stepping in line beside him. He was once attempting to cough and didn’t search for at me, staring down on the crimson and gold carpet the complete time. All i may pay attention from him used to be a high-pitched wheeze. That ominous sound made my pulse speed up. “Can you communicate? ” I requested back, getting ready myself to answer this emergency. He shook his head and endured to snatch his throat. I instinctively shifted into rescue mode, albeit elegantly in my vacation dresses. And aware of my atmosphere, I moved easily to the again of the choking guy, reached round to front of his stomach, and positioned my fists among his breastbone and abdominal button. after which virtually to the beat of the symphony ranking being performed by means of the Marine Corps Band within the heritage, I added 3 soft thrusts into the man’s stomach. The room was once full of laughter and delightful chatter, yet all i may listen used to be the sound of my very own breath as I counted “one, , 3” with the thrusts. at the 3rd thrust, the guy leaned ahead, his arms at the desk. i began to perspire and changed my stance, looking ahead to that he was once going subconscious and slumping ahead. My subsequent circulate will be to softly decrease him to the ground. Then i might have to straddle him and convey extra forceful belly thrusts. I did envision the awkwardness of that regimen emergency maneuver in the course of the trees’ Christmas gala. And whereas i used to be now not dressed this night to straddle a choking guy, I wasn’t going to permit him to die since it used to be socially inconvenient. thankfully, he leaned ahead and coughed up a juicy piece of shrimp. His companion, who had remained silent and nonetheless all through this emergency, passed him a serviette. My sufferer wiped his mouth, nonetheless no longer making eye touch with me. “Are you ok now? ” I requested, wiping the sweat from my brow. the guy nodded, nonetheless having a look down on the carpet.

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