No, it is not the latest flavor from Ben and Jerry!
Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest For Relief From the Headache That Wouldn’t Go Away is the latest book by blogger/author/web designer/busy woman, Jennette Fulda.
I became acquainted with Jennette’s blog, PastaQueen, during BlogHer 08, where I had purchased her first book, Half-Assed. When she asked if I would like a copy of Chocolate & Vicodin to review, I jumped at the chance.
In Half-Assed, Jennette chronicled her journey to a near-200 pound weight loss. Just prior to that book’s release, she began another journey. One whose goal proved elusive.
She still has the headache.
Name a diagnosis, she’s heard it (brain tumor, dead twin-in-the-brain); name a treatment, she’s tried it (meds, massage, marijuana, mint chocolate chip ice cream).
In Chocolate & Vicodin, Jennette is on a journey to find relief from chronic headache. Writing in an easy, comfortable style, Jennette has a subtle humor that will have you laughing out loud. Trust me, her description of using marijuana (“for medicinal purposes only”) will have you spitting your beverage of choice out your nose! (Protect the book!)
It will also choke you up.
Under the humor, under the crazy emails from readers that suggest the crazy remedies, this is a serious story of chronic pain disrupting life. Persistent, excruciating pain and the work of coping takes a toll on Jennette and when it becomes too much, you find yourself sobbing with her.
But it is not a pity party.
As Jennette struggles to find answers (and comes to terms with the fact that there may not be an answer), she deals with the concept of pain vs. suffering, how to live with pain (not just exist) and finds that humor is therapeutic.
I loved it.
I have insight into what a patient with chronic pain experiences on a day-to-day basis and just how devastating chronic pain can be mentally and physically. I know what to say and what not to say (“Hope your pain goes away!” is a BIG NO! It’s like saying “Hope your foot grows back!” to an amputee!). Sometimes “This just sucks!” is okay.
I am a better, more empathetic nurse for having read it.
Chocolate & Vicodin is now available from all booksellers.
As part of the Chocolate & Vicodin Blog Tour, Jennette is doing some promo give-aways!
Jennette is giving away a free copy to a reader of Emergiblog! Drop me an email via the contact button at the top of this page. I’ll collect the emails until March 9th, put all the names in a hat (nurse’s cap!) and pick a winner! Please include your full name and address in your email.
If you help Spread the Word about Chocolate & Vicodin, you can win an iPod! Go to the Spread the Word page for details!
The next stop on the Chocolate & Vicodin Blog Tour is over at Cranky Fibro Girl. Go over and say hi!
But first, order the book.
It’s a keeper.