The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

By Sandra Tsing Loh

From an “imaginatively twisted and fearless” author (Los Angeles Times), a hilarious memoir of heart age.

In a voice that's wry, disarming, and completely candid, Sandra Tsing Loh tells the relocating and laugh-out-loud story of her curler coaster via "the change." this isn't your grandmother's menopause tale. Loh chronicles totally relatable, daily perils: elevating preteen daughters, weathering hormonal adjustments, and the ups and downs of a occupation and a dating. She writes additionally approximately an affair and the explosion of her marriage, whereas dealing with the felony and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad. The upbeat end: it does get better.

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Patty even started dressing like a senior, in cumbersome cardigans (due to the chilly hospitals) and flat virtually nurselike footwear (due to lengthy walks to the parking constructions, she acknowledged, sporting a number of luggage of supplies—the drugs, hot-water bottles, scientific tights). basically Patty—the eldest daughter—felt in charge approximately her mom, maybe overly so, and he or she misplaced viewpoint round weighing the desires of her still-growing kinfolk opposed to the desires of her ever-declining mom. yet Kaitlin won't make that very same mistake, simply because Kaitlin is a superb supervisor. So she jumps into complete equipment to control the Alice venture. Her efforts are heroic. She is finally capable not only to modify over Alice’s medical health insurance (for years, my father hadn’t bought her any, who prefer to play the chances on her rather younger age), yet to discover the single assisted-living facility in California that has Mandarin-speaking caregivers. Kaitlin is ready to do this after an immense quantity of study, augmented through the truth that she is either a improvement director and previous scientist, speaks Mandarin herself, and has the laser concentration of the Terminator. the ability is a relative discount at four thousand funds a month, on condition that Alice calls for a personal room, because of her penchants for ceaseless pacing till 4:00 A. M. , placing at the garments of her roommates, and, good, going to the rest room in the midst of the ground after which bagging up and hiding . . . what has pop out. whereas Alice has traveled, i've got played backup while i will be able to, pouring a seriously medicated Alice from her wheelchair into my Volvo, or supporting carry her wheelchair in a winch onto a—all fingers ready, with goggles and safeguard gloves and orange jumpsuits—Southwest flight. however it isn't sufficient; my sister is doing 100 instances greater than i'm, and that i always fail her. with the exception of terse Alice emergencies, the telephone strains among us lapse into icy silence. and also you consider there's additionally my dad. rather than a mentally addled wife/caregiver, Dad now will get his personal future health professional—a forty-two-year-old Filipino male nurse named Thomas—and consequently he's unexpectedly receiving the simplest care of his existence. needless to say my Dumpster-diving father is a guy who can live to tell the tale on things like past-its-due-date sushi and the leftovers of alternative people’s Starbucks espresso. He has ingested micro organism for thus many a long time he may very well have morphed into one other life-form (with a resting pulse cost of 34, I remind you). yet now—hydrated, fed, washed, and laundered—weirdly, my father is roaring again with a powerful power. that is to claim we've got a sometimes-wheelchair-bound yet still constantly tremendous energetic now eighty-nine-year-old who enormously enjoys getting bathed and diapered and fed ice cream and crashing UCLA technology lectures and—oh, incidentally . . . on a daily basis he calls me now—are you prepared for this? He desires intercourse. He proudly wishes in basic terms one-sixteenth of a Viagra tablet for intercourse. there's a few automated Googling to discover, to one’s slow-blossoming horror, in-home providers that use the word “healing hands”!

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