Hospital Memoir Both Hilarious And Poignant
Author treats horrifying experiences with tongue-in-cheek humor, thankful for nursing care
By: On-Target Words
So how does one combat the despair, lack of privacy, and severe pain? Patients must rely on their caregivers, mostly the nurses and aides. Mulligan dedicates this book to "all the magnificent nurses who put up with way too much for the service and compassion they give." His solution to the pain and fear of never getting better? Humor. Make them laugh. Play games and play pranks, and like the younger brother in a family of mostly sisters, give them something to smile about at the end of their long days. His profound appreciation for them is evident in every story.
"This memoir is a poignant story that reveals some of the hurt behind the fun and hijinks of Mulligan's life in hospitals. A must-read if you love humor," says Leonard Birdsong, author of two series of humor books about criminals and criminal law.
Author Leslie C. Halpern said, "Being poked, prodded, sliced, and diced by doctors and nurses in the hospital isn't fun for any patient, but after suffering from three near-death experiences, Rick Mulligan decided to write about it—in a humorous way. From cutting off part of his finger as a boy to surviving bladder cancer as an adult, he recounts numerous medical adventures that are simultaneously funny and sad."
Hijinks is an easy read at 170 pages directed primarily at men, although some women with a broad sense of humor–or those working in the medical fields–might totally enjoy Mulligan's antics as well. There are some sexual references, but little profanity and the book can be read in just a couple of hours.
Now cancer-free, Rick Mulligan decided that he'll never write a "traditional, dry memoir" but has more adventures and observations to share before he shuttles off this mortal coil. Or, is abducted by aliens. Again.
The book is available wherever readers purchase their print or electronic books.
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