Twitter question for health professionals: what's one thing you wished you knew when you had to look after one of your own family members?
I needed over 1000 words to respond, although my 140 character- answer is this: I wish I'd known better how to just sit still, or at least act normally, with my father after his diagnosis with brain cancer.
Luckily, my infant son Max was a lot wiser than I was. And I knew enough to bring Max and my dad together as much as possible. This is their story, and mine.
"The Littlest Caregiver" will be added it to my book, The Unfeeling Doctor, Unplugged: More True Tales From Med School and Beyond.
"Beautiful...one of your best pieces ever."--Medical Post editor David Hodges
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About the Author
Melissa Yuan-Innes is an emergency room doctor and writer who lives with her husband, one son, one daughter, two cows, and too many mosquitoes outside of Montreal, Canada.
She writes thrillers and science fiction/fantasy under Melissa Yuan-Innes, mysteries under the name Melissa Yi, romance under Melissa Yin, and children's/YA under Melissa Yuan.
"Mixing mystery in with sheer humanity and splendid characterization, Yuan-Innes's story is a delight."
--Alicia Curtis, A&E Editor, The Stormy Petrel
"Melissa Yuan-Innes delivers a Bradburyian shocker"
--Paul Di Filippo, Asimov's
"Yuan-Innes employs a fresh use of language to spin a storyline that is at once universally familiar and intriguingly original."
--Brian Agincourt Massey, judge of the 2008 Innermoonlit Award for Best First Chapter of a Novel, in awarding first prize to _The Popcorn Girl Meets Darwin Jones_