Many of us have had headaches that just won't go away, but Jennette Fulda had the real thing. When she went to bed on February 17th, 2008, she hoped that her new headache would go away; three years and counting later, it still hasn't. Since then, Fulda has consulted numerous doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, psychologists, liquor stores, and ice cream vendors to cure her chronic head pain, but nothing seems to work, at least permanently. In Chocolate & Vicodin, the author who gave us Half-Assed returns with a personal story about a health complaint raised to the nth degree. A paperback original; editor's recommendation.
Jennette Fulda was riding high on the success of her first book, Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir, until one fateful day in February 2008, when she developed a headache—and it never went away. So she dealt with it the best way she knows how: by writing about it. And eating lots of chocolate.
In Chocolate and Vicodin, Jennette explores her change of identity from “the girl who lost hundreds of pounds” to “the girl who lives with constant pain,” and all she’s had to endure to try and make the pain stop—from a bevy of expensive, time-consuming tests, which have taught her interesting facts (for example, that an MRI does indeed cost more than a European vacation—and doesn’t last nearly as long), to tons of medications prescribed by her doctors to hilarious, sometimes insane advice she’s received from her blog readers. While nothing’s been able to grant her relief, she has gained a new perspective. Instead of dwelling on the “invisible tiara of nails” she may very well wear for the rest of her life, she’s instead learned how to live with the pain, sharing with readers not only how she’s managed to get by, but to laugh—and thrive—in spite of it.
In this lively memoir, Indianapolis resident Fulda (Half-Assed) explains how a health crisis took over her life for a year. At age 27, a chronic headache sent her to countless medical professionals, from neurologists to acupuncturists, only to be given diagnoses as varied as venous angioma, depression, a heart murmur, and scoliosis. Yet no treatment alleviated her pain, not even a slew of drugs. Fulda began blogging about her condition and received some well-meaning advice from her readers, from the way-out to the entirely reasonable (e.g., one writer suggested the headache was due to the halo caused by a supernatural spirit; another recommended eliminating from her diet sodas and artificial sweeteners). Mostly, however, Fulda just felt lousy and listless, trying to stay at her job as a Web designer and not overeat—the only course of action that gave her some relief. Was the electromagnetic field from the computer to blame, or the lack of a boyfriend? She would never know, even as she spends a good ,000 on medical care. In the end, her story is entertaining if anticlimactic, as the headaches vanished as mysteriously as they'd appeared. (Feb.)
Fulda, a popular blogger and author of Half Assed, which detailed her almost 200-pound weight loss, describes her life with a constant headache. The unrelenting headache resists all treatments, and the retelling of her medical odyssey is good-natured. Most amusing are the myriad cures suggested by her blog readers and just about anyone Fulda meets along the way. The truce she declares with her condition is impressive and may provide encouragement for anyone dealing with chronic pain.What I Am Telling My Friends Fulda lives in a no-whine zone and is pretty straightforward about not being a martyr. She seems as if she would be fun to meet; I want to tell her how deep breathing and Vitamin D could help her feel better. . —"Memoir Short Takes", Booksmack!, 12/16/10.
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