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Look up for Yes Paperback – August 1, 1998

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When Julia Tavalaro opened her eyes after spending seven months in a coma, she awoke to a nightmare. Nobody in the hospital ward to which she had been consigned even noticed that she was alert. Paralyzed and unable to speak, Tavalaro had no way of making them take notice. She spent the next six years languishing in her bed, and although able to hear everything around her, she was unable to communicate.

Finally, a young speech therapist broke through Tavalaro's isolation by composing a method by which Tavalaro could spell out words with her eyes. After mastering the technique, Tavalaro went on to write poetry about her life both before and after the stroke that crippled her. Tavlaro is able to recall her past in minute detail and weaves her memoir from threads of the past, her present, and her poems that transcend the two. Look Up for Yes is the courageous story of a woman struggling to find her voice and make it heard. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A true story of unbelievable courage and persistence, Look Up for Yes charts Tavalaro's journey since she woke from a coma (the aftermath of two strokes), paralyzed from the neck down. Declared a "vegetable" by unfeeling nurses and insensitive attendants, she remained cognizant of her surroundings through six years of frustration, humiliation, and rage, until in 1973 a speech therapist realized her ability to comprehend, which marked a new beginning for Tavalaro. Her communication started with looking up to mean "yes" and straight ahead to mean "no," progressed to using a pointer and letter board to spell words letter by letter, and now involves a computer. She drives an electric wheelchair with a switch she presses with her chin, and she plans to move from her hospital setting to independent living in quarters specially designed for the disabled. Whitney Scott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140272828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140272826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Those who weap because they have no shoes should meet this woman who has no feet, no hands, no voice, no normalcy. And yet she greets the day with poetry and refuses -- against odds few people could bear -- to loosen her grip on reality, on the future, on hope. Where some autobiographical writers might seek our pity, Julia demands our respect. Where some labor to generate tears, Julia aims to generate cheers -- and at times outbursts of profanity. Her story is a fast, easy-to-follow read packed with flashbacks, present-day tales and, the most essential element of all, hope
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Hanson on September 15, 2008
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This book was recommended to my by the teacher of my CNA class in Fort Collins, CO. It was a very moving book... After being a CNA for 6 years now, I was finally able to read it. It refreshed my purpose and drive for going to nursing school. This woman truely has drive!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1998
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A nurse recommended the book to my sister. She said it changed the way she treats patients. My sister read it in one afternoon. It makes you think and reminds you to count your blessings!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Miller on December 11, 2010
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As a nurse who works in long term care, I found this book impossible to put down. This book tells what life is really like for a person with a brain injury. So many times people think that brain injuries or demyelinating diseases take away the person inside. Not so. This is a book every caregiver should read. Every act we do in caring for those in our hands makes a difference, whether you know it or not. Be kind to all and treat every single person you care for as if they were a beloved family member. It will make a difference in YOUR life, as well as your patients.
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I am a Speech Language Pathologist so found this easy to relate to my profession. Also gave me a new insight into patient care.
This book was recommended to me by a new college graduate who became an SLP after reading this book. I have given it to my occupational therapists who "couldn't put it down"
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By Leger on February 4, 2010
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I read this books years ago, after my own mother had died of a final stroke. I wish that I had read it before. It is very well written, and gives hope to anyone that has a loved one with impaired communication. A little book packed with dynamite to blast preconceptions.
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By David Parnell on December 31, 2012
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Recommend this book for anyone with a family member or friend that may be physically "non-communicative" for whatever reason. Makes you think twice and want to explore the possibilities.
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