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Intensive Care: A Family Love Story
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Top Customer Reviews
This story bares it all – moments of frustration, the constant anxiety of caring for the critically ill, and the scarcity of energy to nourish the rest of the family. What makes this book so remarkable is the author’s humor and resilience, leaving us not with a sense of pity, but of admiration. Laughter is the best medicine after all, especially when served up with a sense of irreverence and acerbic wit. This book is a classic for addressing the challenges of chronic illness.
impossible to put down. This book is beautiful - it is a classic.
signed, Maggie Scarf
What is so unusual and special about this book is that even though it deals honestly and graphically with the most heart-wrenching of subjects, Mary-Lou's narrative is never maudlin (it's actually humorous in parts); and at no time do you get the feeling that she is asking her readers to pity her or, just as bad, to hail her as a saint for all the heroic efforts she and husband put forth--almost always with extreme difficulty-- to bring a sense of normalcy and joy to Peter's day-to-day life.
One of things this book will impress upon you, if, like me, you've never had to go through as a parent what Mary-Lou and her husband went through, is how much of a blessing it is in life to have healthy children. And while I do not consider myself even remotely qualified to offer any advice on how you get through the kind of ordeal that Mary-Lou writes about so candidly and skillfully in Intensive Care, I can say without any hesitation that if, for whatever reason, my wife and I had been denied this blessing, this book would have been a much-needed source of comfort and encouragement.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Many people recommended this book to me, saying it was funny as well as emotionally powerful (the best combination, in my opinion, though all too rare). Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Carole J. Howard
Here's the surprise of Intensive Care: how enjoyable it is. One wouldn't expect a book about a sick child to be fun to read. Read morePublished on August 26, 2012 by betty rollin
Mary Lou Weisman uses her candid and entertaining style to tell her moving story of a family in crisis. It's honest, heartbreaking, and captivating. Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by Lucy Johnson
A book written from both the heart and the head, Mary Lou Weisman catches us by surprise, with a combination of humor and sadness that add up to a complex love story.Published on August 25, 2012 by JANET NEIPRIS