Codeine Diary

Codeine Diary

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The inspiring, often hilarious account of one man's refusal to compromise his life after being diagnosed with hemophilia. 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 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.

ISBN: 9780316042444

Published Date: January 1, 1998

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Language: English

Page Count: 238

Size: 8.80" l x 5.50" w x 1.00" h