Giveaway: I, Kidney by Chris Six
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By Chris Six
Joe Zizzi’s childhood in the 1950s had everything a kid could want–pro athlete dad, wonderful mom, cool big bro. When the ’60s kick in, this ideal life is violently shaken: a car crash claims his mother’s life and his father’s career, and brother Matt becomes distant and disturbed. Over the years, Joe learns to cope and carves out a niche for himself as a college sports star, and later as a coach and writer, but he can’t quite shake the family legacy. Diagnosed with kidney failure, the semi-pro husband and devoted dad has life-and-death decisions to make–and life wins, though perhaps only by a slim margin.
One day, when I really hadn’t slept at all except for maybe an hour and I fell asleep the minute I hit the chair and they had to wake me to get a standing BP, I almost didn’t feel them poking. Except they had trouble and they called a second tech over to poke. They called for a third tech, and the guy who calls himself Mickey Mouse came over to poke. I felt my arm starting to blow up, both internally and externally.
“Doesn’t feel too good, y’know? At all.”
“We’ve gone through.”
“What? Gone through what?”
“Right through the arm?” I tried to crane my head to see the needle sticking out the other side. Morbid curiosity.
“No, it went through the vein.”
I started praying–granted, with a few cuss words thrown in. They tie an ice bag to the arm with a blue rubber tourniquet, the item they use to make the vein stick out in the first place. The arm is ballooning. My eyes are out on stalks. I feel the sensation of all my blood draining from my body and wonder whether this is it. I look to observe the pools of blood dripping out of every pore in the arm; there are none. The thing is a horrible color, a horrible size, a horrible sight. And they tell me to come back tomorrow.
“At a reasonable hour?”
“At the usual hour.”
I spent the rest of the day at home, asleep, getting out only to refresh my ice pack. Next day I was back. Thank God, it went terrifically. What were the odds?
This was a good but hard read for me. It definitely would not have been something I would’ve searched for on my own, but I am glad to have come across it. I’ve had relatives and friends that suffer from a terminal illness/disease, but to hear Joe’s story of dealing with a terminal disease that is hereditary is a different point of view. I can appreciate the struggle of those patients more so now from this story. Joe watches his cruel/indifferent brother struggle with illness and Matt’s perspective on life changes Joe a little. He also witnesses his father struggle through kidney illness however he doesn’t get the full impact of this disease with his brother or father. He only finds out what this disease can really do to a person when he starts displaying symptoms. The struggle really beats him up mentally and he struggles day to day to continue the fight.
This read kind of like a memoir book and I’m not usually a fan of those so it took me a little longer than usual to complete this book, but I am so glad that I did. I developed a new perspective and appreciation for terminal patients. Their physical struggle is horrible, but the mental strain they also go through really makes you appreciate any day that they have a smile on their face.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Chris Six is a writer, the chief everything officer of The Chris Six Group, and the recipient of somebody else’s kidney: “I narrated the story onto tape before I ever wrote a word. I even brought my recorder to dialysis and upset the technicians. Nowadays, I’m in awe of indie authors doing hands-on marketing. I couldn’t imagine doing this even five years ago.”
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Chris Six will be awarding a $15 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn host.