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Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU Paperback – October 7, 2016
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"It's beautiful, it's touching..." -Biz Ellis on One Bad Mother
"As much as this is a book about suffering, it is about marriage, themedical system--its highs and lows--realistic love and, of course,parenting. Jaeckel captures it all with ease. This book will appeal toparents who know the otherworldly rooms of intensive care units andtheir friends, who want to understand what they have been through." -Island Parent Magazine
"...this non-fiction personal story is exceptionally well presented andwill prove to be a consistently riveting read from cover to cover." - Midwest Book Review
"Spot 12 conveys Jaeckel's pain, fear, joy and pride as a new mom experiencing the incomprehensible. Using cartoon-like animal characters and playful names, she guides readers through her interactions with her family, friends, the medical staff helping to care for her baby, Asa,and her own rampant thoughts. While this is Jaeckel's story, manyreaders will be able to see themselves in the mix of emotions andempathize, if not somehow relate." -Seattle's Child
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I received this book as part of the GoodRead program.
Most of the writing is straight-forward and descriptive of the events taking place, but every so often I found myself caught by a particular phrasing or image. I think that's what I enjoy the most about Jaeckel's work; it's almost like she sets you up for these beautiful little moments where it feels impossible not to pause and laugh, pause and ponder, pause and feel the depth of pain. I was so very appreciative of those moments whenever they came up--and when they did, it made me hungry for the next one that was sure to come.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in any facet of the human experience!
Images of anthropomorphized animal characters are depicted as individuals which I think is a genius concept including their names such as nurse Gentlediaper, nurse Chuckles, and my favorite is Dr. Eyes who is a frog. In addition to this, the illustrations did great at showing what is physically wrong with Asa and also the procedures that she had to undergo. The drawings are some of the best that I have encountered in a Graphic Novel at showing emotions, including the havoc that has overtaken their lives. There are not a lot of dialogue bubbles the story is written above each picture in a white box told through the eyes of the mother Jenny Jaeckel.
Though the story is based on a sick newborn, it shows that being a fighter can be a natural instinct causing a positive outcome. I would definitely recommend going to the author's website to see how Asa is doing today. Finally, I would like to thank Jenny for giving Respiratory Therapists the credit they deserve in the medical field. Myself being a Respiratory Therapist we are easily overlooked.
May the Jaeckel family have a wonderfully blessed life.
Shoot for the moon Asa!
I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.