Codeine Diary: True Confessions of a Reckless Hemophiliac

Codeine Diary True Confessions of a Reckless Hemophiliac When mathematician Tom Andrews slips and breaks his ankle on an icy Ann Arbor street it is no ordinary fracture for Andrews a hemophiliac the fall begins a bleed that is the pooling of blood benea

  • Title: Codeine Diary: True Confessions of a Reckless Hemophiliac
  • Author: Tom Andrews
  • ISBN: 9780156006576
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • Codeine Diary: True Confessions of a Reckless Hemophiliac

    When mathematician Tom Andrews slips and breaks his ankle on an icy Ann Arbor street, it is no ordinary fracture for Andrews, a hemophiliac, the fall begins a bleed that is, the pooling of blood beneath the skin that can cripple a hemophiliac During his agonizing hospital bound convalescence, he is doped up on codeine, a drug that sends him spiraling into reveries abouWhen mathematician Tom Andrews slips and breaks his ankle on an icy Ann Arbor street, it is no ordinary fracture for Andrews, a hemophiliac, the fall begins a bleed that is, the pooling of blood beneath the skin that can cripple a hemophiliac During his agonizing hospital bound convalescence, he is doped up on codeine, a drug that sends him spiraling into reveries about his disease and the way he d combated it with the seemingly self destructive pursuits of his adolescence Yet there was a family illness that overshadowed even his his brother s terminal kidney disorder In order to get his parents attention, Andrews threw himself into breaking world records for hand clapping , motorcycle racing, competitive skateboarding, punk rocking, and other foolhardy pursuits that only emphasized for him how, in his parents eyes, he would always be the healthy son Unfailingly strange and intense, unremittingly witty, Andrews s book is a memoir that transcends its subject and becomes the story of man s desire to inhabit the world fully no matter what the cost.

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    One thought on “Codeine Diary: True Confessions of a Reckless Hemophiliac

    1. Michele

      He goes back in forth in the book covering the "present" time of when he's having a bleed and then covering his past with his condition and then a lot of his family history. His brother has a kidney disease that requires him to have home dialysis.I liked the beginning. Gave a history of what he had been through living with hemophilia in the time of HIV. There could have been a LOT edited out though with him being in the hospital going through the recovery. I almost didn't finish the book because [...]

    2. Jennifer D. Munro

      I quite liked this book but was not blown away by it. I found the hemophilia passages much more educational and compelling that the flashbacks to his record-breaking hand-clapping as a boy. I must admit that I was dismally unaware of what living with this disease is like.

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