I'm a Little Brain Dead


Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
108 Pages
Reviewed on 05/08/2018
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Author Biography

A native of the Boston area, Kimberly has always been a writer- of stories, of plays, and of lists. She worked as a stage director and producer for nearly twenty-five years, and still occasionally hits the boards. Five cross country moves put her in touch with some amazing people in San Francisco, Miami, Los Angeles, New York and back to Los Angeles (where she currently enjoys good health). Kimberly enjoys her family (one husband, two children, several pets) and her family enjoys road trips and roller coasters.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Neil A White for Readers' Favorite

When reading an author’s recollection of the sudden, awful realization she is having a stroke, and of the ensuing fear and uncertainty associated with how one’s life may forever change, roll-on-the-floor hilarity isn’t the first reaction that comes to mind. However, Kimberly Davis Basso manages to produce such a gem with I’m a Little Brain Dead. It should be said, in all seriousness, that suffering a stroke is no laughing matter. A shame no one informed Ms. Basso. Walking the reader through her experience from the initial event, to her first of numerous hospital visits, an untold number of medical practitioner interactions, plus an MRI freak out, we’re treated to a wonderful lesson in how keeping one’s sense of humor can get one through even the toughest of situations. And as an added bonus, how to survive the zombie apocalypse – I promise I won't spoil the surprise here.

I’m a Little Brain Dead is not without its poignant and serious moments. Ms. Basso’s life was saved by her 8-year-old daughter knowing the procedure for dialing 911. An accompanying Appendix provides many important tips when faced with a medical emergency. And when facing surgery to repair Ms. Basso’s hole in her heart? Well, who better to laugh in the face of danger than our intrepid author, even though she may quite possibly be dehydrated – you really need to read the book. In fact, I had so much fun reading Ms. Basso’s romp through the fields of medical practitioner double-speak that I’m thinking of scheduling a procedure for next Tuesday.

Jack Magnus

I'm a Little Brain Dead is a memoir written by Kimberly Davis Basso. An Acute Cerebral Accident was something Basso had never even heard of, let alone expected to have happen, especially at her age. It was a real stroke, not the less permanent, yet still decidedly frightening Trans Ischemic Attack, or TIA. Part of her brain had died. How could that happen to a relatively healthy forty-four-year-old woman? It had happened early in the morning; she was preparing breakfast when she noticed that her legs felt peculiar from the knees down, like they were floating. When she tried to ask her daughter to call Ben, their neighbor, for help, her words came out as a collection of nonsensical sounds, making her eight-year-old daughter giggle at first until she too realized something was very wrong. Basso did finally get the right words out; she arranged to have her toddler and child looked after and then she went to the hospital. Everything in her world had changed, just like that.

Kimberly Davis Basso’s nonfiction memoir, I'm a Little Brain Dead, broaches a subject that is universally feared -- stroke. In her memoir, Basso shares every detail of her initial response; her experiences in the emergency room and hospital care; and the work she had to put into understanding what had happened to her and why. Then she had to decide what medical steps she needed to undergo to ensure she’d not suffer a stroke again. Basso’s wry sense of humor helps to lighten a very serious subject, and her conversational writing style made even the more technical portions of the memoir accessible and easy to read. Her book shares information most people don’t know about strokes and aftercare, and it’s a book well worth reading. I'm a Little Brain Dead is most highly recommended.

Joel R. Dennstedt

“Let me walk you through the luckiest day of my life. Or as I like to call it, Tuesday.” Thus begins Kimberly Davis Basso’s unfortunately-inspired but undeniably funny recounting – at least as told in her sometimes hyperbolic (a likable trait she still retains, according to her) sometimes unbearably agonizing (in a good way) and always, always, highly self-deprecating (she might not admit this) style – of the infamously lucky day, a Tuesday, that she experienced a real, true, authentic neurological event commonly known as a stroke, leaving her to unequivocally title this recollection: I’m a Little Brain Dead. Which she immediately sets out to prove. And if her eight- year-old savior daughter found it necessary to laugh, well then, you might as well laugh too.

Kimberly Davis Basso is not kind to those she skewers in I’m A Little Brain Dead. Or maybe she is just hyperbolically honest. Even the happy daughter and the supportive loving husband come in for more than one sardonic sideways glance. But Ms. Basso’s primary targets for such honest exposition are the very caretakers whose job it is, in her mind, to fix her. Make her all better. Within a reasonable amount of time. Ms. Basso seems obsessed with time, but her rationale is contagious. Listening to her tell her tale from the viewpoint of the one inside, the reader becomes a bit sarcastic and impatient too. In fact, the reader begins to think he or she is perhaps a little brain dead also. If so, the author will rapidly convince the reader that – to steal an old Reader’s Digest phrase – laughter is indeed the best medicine.

Meg Carman

I highly recommend this book! I read it in one day! I would have read it in one sitting but I liked the main character so much I didn’t want her to leave me! This book will definitely make you laugh and quite possibly cry too. Hard to imagine a story about someone having a stroke would be such a good read! It will also make you look at your own health, your families needs in an emergency, and perhaps taking the actions suggested will someday be used to help someone in an emergency situation,

Lesley Murphy

What a great little book! Kimberly packs in a whole lot of laughs, wonderful attitude and gave birth to her very own hero! I loved reading this and took away a lot to think about being prepared in the event of a health emergency.