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    Posted: Jul 08 2008 at 3:26pm


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Posted - 10/10/2006 :  15:50:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi! This is probably a different sort of request from the kind you normally get here. I am a children's book author and I have a picture book coming out next year entitled, My Grandpa Had a Stroke. I received the cover art from my publisher and the art itself looks very nice, but I'm concerned that it's incorrect.

The grandfather in the story cannot move his left arm at all. My illustrator drew the left arm lying relaxed in the grandfather's lap. A lot of my information comes from my father's experience with stroke -- his arm is currently very tight, bent at the elbow, the fingers sit at odd angles etc. But I know experience varies from one patient to the next. And I don't remember if my dad's arm was so contorted right after the stroke or if it got that way over the last 7 years. This book doesn't need to mirror my father's experience, but it does need to be correct (or at least not incorrect). I don't want to ask the publisher to have the illustrator redo unless it truly is incorrect, but I don't know whether it is or not...

If you know what a stroke patient's arm should look like about three months after a stroke (given he never regained use of that arm in those three months), please look at the cover art I've posted on my livejournal account at: and let me know whether it looks okay or not.


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