Raising a Special Needs Child

Asa_signs_cheese_150Raincloud Press author Jenny Jaeckel is sharing blog posts about the different stages of raising her daughter who had special medical needs. Her book, Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU, publishes in October and is about the first 5 months of her daughter’s life. But what happens after the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)?

Jenny answers those questions in her three posts so far: An Infant’s First Year Home from the NICU, Asa’s Tracheotomy: Learning Language, and Toddler Trach and Transitioning off her G-Tube. Her posts are a glimpse into their daily life and she writes with a great perspective and sense of humor.

Advance copies of Spot 12 are going out by the dozens to potential reviewers. If you are with the media or a blogger please contact me for your review copy: raincloudpress @ gmail dot com. For materials please visit: www.spot12book.com

Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU

Spot_12_Cover_90Spot 12 delivers the gritty details of a mother, a newborn, and a five-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in a visually gripping graphic memoir by Jenny Jaeckel. A routine prenatal exam reveals a dangerous problem, and first-time parents find themselves thrust into a world of close calls, sleepless nights, and psychological crisis. Surrounded by disagreements, deaths, extended family tensions, and questions of faith, the mother struggles to maintain a positive frame of mind.

Against the antiseptic, mechanical reality of the NICU, the dedicated health professionals are drawn as sympathetic and wry animal characters. Doctor Eyes and Nurse Gentlehands are two of the care providers that do all they can to take care of Baby Asa. But even the best hospital staff make mistakes, and Jaeckel and her husband’s vigilance must be acute. At times they battle feelings of helplessness, but their determination, insight, bravery, and connection ultimately helps keep their little one alive.