There is no once-through user manual for what to do while your parent, or anyone you deeply love, is seriously ill in the hospital. Really, there isn't. But THE THINGS THAT NEED DOING comes pretty close.
As Sean Manning quickly discovered when complications from a heart attack landed his mother (herself a former nurse) in intensive care, life in the other-world of a large and internationally acclaimed hospital rarely follows predictable patterns. Susie Manning's cardiac recovery was soon overlaid by gastric trauma, cancer, respiratory comp