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Intensive Care: A Family Love Story

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0595137435
ISBN-10: 0595137431
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"Weisman manages to bring a desperate humor to Intensive Care without undermining its awful seriousness." -- Anatole Broyard, New York Times

About the Author

Mary-Lou Weisman is the author of MY (MIDDLE-AGED) BABY BOOK: A Record of Milestones, Millstones and Gallstones(Workman Publishing Company, 1995.) She is also a contributing commentator on Public Radio International. An award-winning journalist, she has written serious and satiric essays and articles for the New York Times, The New Republic and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595137431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595137435
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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But much better written. You won't put this book down, I promise you. Mary Lou Weisman tells a heart-stopping tale of a family pulled into tragedy and that reaches out to touch--quite literally--the pulse of real life. It is hilarious, horrifying, gripping, enlightening, joyful. It is Love Story, ER, and Saturday Night Live rolled into one. You will fall in love with these people, as I did. YOu will learn something important about the meaning of love in the process.
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Intensive Care by Mary-Lou Weisman is an insightful, intelligent and honest memoir of a family caring for a son with a devastating disease that ultimately results in his death. The parents’ search for the best doctors, most helpful treatments, and remnants of hope is indefatigable. This is no saccharine tale of heroic caregivers and courageous victims although heroism and courage are strong suits of this remarkable family. The parents decide to leave their Connecticut home, careers, and community ties for a year to seek experimental remedies in California before returning to live out the son’s diagnostic sentence.
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.
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This fantastic book is the honest, and heart-wreching journey of how one family struggled and coped with their son's devastating diagnosis of Duchenne's Muscular Dystophy. When my own son was diagnosed at age five, I bought this book and made myself read every tear jerking page! I am so glad I did. That was when he was five. Mary Lou Wiseman taught me how to prepare for the decline that inevitably came. Thank God I had read her book to emotionally prepare myself. God rest her son's soul. Thank you Mary Lou for touching so many hearts! Everyone and anyone who knows anyone who is dealing with this disease should get this book for them! It is a classic!
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Although written in the 1980s, I've not read a nonfiction book before or since that better explores the emotional upheaval that accompanies the loss of a child--in this case, a teenager. The author raised her son, doomed at birth with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, to face the challenges of youth, school, disability, and discomfort with uncompromising clarity. Unencumbered by the typical parental demands and expectations, Peter developed into a free spirit with a well-documented sense of irony and sweet humor. Peter's mother and best-selling author, Mary-Lou Weisman, has written a gentle yet raw story of a long goodbye that was, at once, brimming with love and achingly unbearable. The wisdom of her experience is a compelling read for other families in need of guidance and inspiration.
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This is one of those rare books that manages to tell a gripping, heart-wrenching story of a family catastrophe with warmth, wit and emotional resonance. Weisman's tale of family life as it revolves around the mortal illness of a beloved son is simply
impossible to put down. This book is beautiful - it is a classic.
signed, Maggie Scarf
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I have been a great admirer of Mary-Lou Weisman's writing ever since I read the first of the many essays she wrote years ago in the "Hers" column of the New York Times. And that sense of admiration increased exponentially after I read Intensive Care, her first-person account of the 13-year ordeal she and her husband Larry went through after learning that their 2 1/2 year-old son, Peter, had Duchenne muscular dystrophy--the incurable, progressively crippling disease that would ultimately claim his life.

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.
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