In this lively memoir, Indianapolis resident Fulda (Half-Assed) explains how a health crisis took over her life for a year. At age 27, a chronic headache sent her to countless medical professionals, from neurologists to acupuncturists, only to be given diagnoses as varied as venous angioma, depression, a heart murmur, and scoliosis. Yet no treatment alleviated her pain, not even a slew of drugs. Fulda began blogging about her condition and received some well-meaning advice from her readers, from the way-out to the entirely reasonable (e.g., one writer suggested the headache was due to the halo caused by a supernatural spirit; another recommended eliminating from her diet sodas and artificial sweeteners). Mostly, however, Fulda just felt lousy and listless, trying to stay at her job as a Web designer and not overeat—the only course of action that gave her some relief. Was the electromagnetic field from the computer to blame, or the lack of a boyfriend? She would never know, even as she spends a good ,000 on medical care. In the end, her story is entertaining if anticlimactic, as the headaches vanished as mysteriously as they'd appeared. (Feb.)
Fulda, a popular blogger and author of Half Assed, which detailed her almost 200-pound weight loss, describes her life with a constant headache. The unrelenting headache resists all treatments, and the retelling of her medical odyssey is good-natured. Most amusing are the myriad cures suggested by her blog readers and just about anyone Fulda meets along the way. The truce she declares with her condition is impressive and may provide encouragement for anyone dealing with chronic pain.What I Am Telling My Friends Fulda lives in a no-whine zone and is pretty straightforward about not being a martyr. She seems as if she would be fun to meet; I want to tell her how deep breathing and Vitamin D could help her feel better. . —"Memoir Short Takes", Booksmack!, 12/16/10.