In this collection of short essays based on personal experiences, Mark Elswick offers humorous episodes about being a man and father. Whether it’s his daughter sending him to the store to buy those…well, things that transforms him into “Padman”; his realization that at forty-two, he is slowly turning into an old man; or his reaction to his middle school aged daughter dating a “man” two years older than her, readers—male and female alike—will find themselves cracking smiles when they aren’t busy laughing out loud.
Elswick also has a serious side to him. Interspersed with the comical tales are heartfelt looks into the lives of people who experience a Traumatic Brain Incident (TBI) injury, including his own story of being in a life-threatening car accident that left doctors predicting he would be a vegetable for the rest of his life. With compassion and insight, while retaining his sense of humor, Elswick writes to raise awareness about TBI; a portion of Padman: A Dad’s Guide to Buying…Those, and Other Tales’ proceeds will go to TBI research.
* Readers will laugh out loud at the comical real-life humor
* Women will marvel in amusement at male misperceptions
* Men will shyly smile imagining themselves in these predicaments
* You will understand the capabilities of a Traumatic Brain Injury
* Indirectly donate to the Brain Injury Association of America
Learn more at www.MarkElswick.com
From the Reflections of America series at Modern History Press
About the Author
That was the news that greeted Mark E. Elswick’s parents upon arrival at the hospital following their only son’s September 9, 1992, automobile accident. After the initial prognosis was reported in a small, quiet, closet-like waiting room, the comatose author-to-be’s parents were told that if he ever regained consciousness from what turned out to be a month-long coma, Mark would be a vegetable.
Surprisingly, he has defied that immediate “death sentence” and vegetative prediction. Today, Elswick has not only survived, but he has exceeded any possible expectations for a severely brain-injured patient. In addition to retraining his brain to think, eat, walk, and talk, he returned to college, where he had completed his sophomore year before the accident. Against all odds, he went on to earn his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan—Flint and Central Michigan University, respectively.
As an author, Elswick is giving back to the injury which nearly killed him, one book at a time. A percentage of the proceeds from every sale of this book will be donated to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research.