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Beyond the High Blue Air When Lu Spinney S Twenty Nine Year Old Son, Miles, Flies Up On His Snowboard, He Knows He Is Not In Control As He Is Taken By Force Up The Ramp, Writes His Mother, Skewing Sideways As His Board Clips The Edge And Then He Is Hurtling, Spinning Up, Up Into The Free Blue Sky Ahead He Lands Hard On The Ice And Falls Into A Coma This Begins The Erratic Loss Miles First In A Coma And Then Trapped In A Fluctuating State Of Minimal Consciousness That Unravels Over The Next Five Years Spinney, Her Husband, And Three Other Children Put Their Lives On Hold To Tend To Miles At Various Hospitals And Finally In A Care Home They Hold Out Hope That He Will Be Returned To Them With Blunt Precision, Spinney Chronicles Her Family S Intimate Experience This Is A Story About Ambiguous Loss The Disappearance Of Someone Who Is Still There Three Quarters Of The Way Through, However, Spinney S Story Takes A Turn The Family And, To The Degree That He Can Communicate, Miles Himself Come To View Ending His Life As The Only Possible Release From The Prison Of His Body And Mind Spinney, Cutting Her Last Thread Of Hope, Wishes For Her Son To Die And Yet, Even As She Allows This Difficult Revelation To Settle, She Learns That This Is Not Her Decision To Make Because Miles Is Diagnosed As A Being In A Minimally Conscious State Rather Than A Persistent Vegetative State, There Is No Legal Way To Bring About His Death, A Bewildering Paradox That Spinney Navigates With Compassion And Wisdom Encompassing The Lyrical Revelations Of A Memoir Like Jean Dominique Bauby S THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY And The Crucial Medical And Moral Insights Of A Book Such As Atul Gawande S BEING MORTAL, Lu Spinney S BEYOND THE HIGH BLUE AIR Is At Once A Portrait Of The Fearlessness Of Familial Love And The Profound Dilemma Posed By Modern Medicine

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  1. says:

    Nearly 4.5 In March 2006 Lu Spinney s 29 year old son, Miles King, was on a snowboarding holiday in Austria with friends On the final morning of the trip he took the fall that would leave this athlete, intellectual, and entrepreneur with a traumatic brain injury The family brought him back to London via an airlift, and over the next five years he passed between various brain injury units and care homes Eight weeks after the accident he opened his eyes, but given his minimally conscious stat Nearly 4.5 In March 2006 Lu Spinney s 29 year old son, Miles King, was on a snowboarding holiday in Austria with friends On the final morning of the trip he took the fall that would leave this athlete, intellectual, and entrepreneur with a traumatic brain injury The family brought him back to London via an airlift, and over the next five years he passed between various brain injury units and care homes Eight weeks after the accident he opened his eyes, but given his minimally conscious state his only communication would ever be facial expressions and roars of frustration.Pointless to mention just how sad this book is Spinney tells her tale remarkably well, in a consciously literary style With no speech marks and present tense narration, thought and action flow lucidly into dialogue and daydream She always chooses just the right metaphors, too I would highly recommend this to readers of other illness and bereavement memoirs written in a literary style, such as Paul Kalanithi s When Breath Becomes Air or Marion Coutts s The Iceberg.See my full review at Nudge


  2. says:

    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book Wow what a beautifully written and emotionally charged read This story portrays the love a mother feels for her son and her fight to help him get well again after a horrific accident The decisions she has to make in regards to what is best for him once she realizes how much he is suffering is unimaginable to me as a mother The fact that she could do what she knew was best for him in the face of her pain of losing him and in the recent death Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book Wow what a beautifully written and emotionally charged read This story portrays the love a mother feels for her son and her fight to help him get well again after a horrific accident The decisions she has to make in regards to what is best for him once she realizes how much he is suffering is unimaginable to me as a mother The fact that she could do what she knew was best for him in the face of her pain of losing him and in the recent death of her husband makes my heart hurt for her going through this This is a sad but beautiful tribute to her son and his life that was cut much too short


  3. says:

    Moving and sad.


  4. says:

    A memoir written about a son s tragic accident and subsequent death is not destined to be an easy read It s not easy because readers will be able to identify with the author s journey as her son is first in a coma, then in a fluid state of consciousness, until eventually death A compassionate, raw and intimate journey that no one ever chooses to embark on, but one in which the landmarks must be discussed.I read an advance copy and was not compensated.


  5. says:

    A gut wrenching raw look at the heartache Luher family suffered when her son miles suffered a traumatic brain injury.in a horrible accident At times hard to read but at the same time an unputdownable look at her lovef for her son,


  6. says:

    Well I read the ARC, not the kindle edition but whatever I couldn t put this beautiful memoir down Lu Spinney had a lovely second husband and four high achieving twenty something kids when oldest son Miles, age 29, suffered a traumatic brain injury during a snowboarding accident Spinney begins by telling the story of his accident from several points of view including Miles though that part was necessarily her imagination, based on deep knowledge and love of her son along with accident re Well I read the ARC, not the kindle edition but whatever I couldn t put this beautiful memoir down Lu Spinney had a lovely second husband and four high achieving twenty something kids when oldest son Miles, age 29, suffered a traumatic brain injury during a snowboarding accident Spinney begins by telling the story of his accident from several points of view including Miles though that part was necessarily her imagination, based on deep knowledge and love of her son along with accident reports and reports from his friends Miles was in a minimally conscious state, one step above a persistent vegetative state, for 5 years Spinney s language is lovely and unflinching The family hoped for many months years that Miles would get better but it eventually became apparent that wasn t going to happen It became clear to all who loved him that he preferred to die It also became apparent there was no legal method for that to happen in England Though this is a memoir of deep suffering, it is also a story of deep love, strength and hope


  7. says:

    Every mother s nightmare Lu receives a call that her 29 year old son has been seriously injured in a snowboarding accident She is in England, and she and the rest of the family hurry to the hospital in Innsbruck where doctors are trying to save his life Is it possible that the adventurous young man with the Oxford degree will come back to them Is this what Miles would have wanted How many actually have an advance directive to make things easier if the unthinkable happens Intense and at time Every mother s nightmare Lu receives a call that her 29 year old son has been seriously injured in a snowboarding accident She is in England, and she and the rest of the family hurry to the hospital in Innsbruck where doctors are trying to save his life Is it possible that the adventurous young man with the Oxford degree will come back to them Is this what Miles would have wanted How many actually have an advance directive to make things easier if the unthinkable happens Intense and at times painful to read, this memoir is reminiscent of Joan Didion s The Year of Magical Thinking


  8. says:

    This book was heart wrenching to read and only solidified my feelings about what is life and what is existence The heart break this mother endured losing the son she knew, always hopeful that the child she gave birth to, raised and watched grow into an amazing man, would come back to her The reader shares along as she details her new normal of hospitals, carers, feeding tubes and spasticity This was a beautiful telling of a very tragic story and the love a mother has for her children in life This book was heart wrenching to read and only solidified my feelings about what is life and what is existence The heart break this mother endured losing the son she knew, always hopeful that the child she gave birth to, raised and watched grow into an amazing man, would come back to her The reader shares along as she details her new normal of hospitals, carers, feeding tubes and spasticity This was a beautiful telling of a very tragic story and the love a mother has for her children in life and death


  9. says:

    Brilliant, heart rending, impossible to put down I have to add, albeit a few months later that I cannot stop thinking about miles kemp I have re read the book 3 times. I count my blessings, I realise life is short and precious This book has become a bible in an inspirational way Thank you Lu


  10. says:

    Beyond the High Blue Air is a memoir about the love of a mother and her child In this case, it is March 2006 and her oldest son, Miles, has gone on a backpacking trip with friends to celebrate his birthday On the last morning of their trip, they set off to go snowboarding There is a scene in which Miles prepares for this by purchasing a helmet Miles lands hard on the ice, injuring his brain, and falls into a coma He is 29 years old, an entrepreneur and an athlete That s how hospital staff Beyond the High Blue Air is a memoir about the love of a mother and her child In this case, it is March 2006 and her oldest son, Miles, has gone on a backpacking trip with friends to celebrate his birthday On the last morning of their trip, they set off to go snowboarding There is a scene in which Miles prepares for this by purchasing a helmet Miles lands hard on the ice, injuring his brain, and falls into a coma He is 29 years old, an entrepreneur and an athlete That s how hospital staff refers to him as well The first thing, he says, is that you must never reprimand him for doing that jump It was a brave and wonderful thing to do He is a young man and young men should all go out and grab life in the way he did.The family flies to Austria from England, Lu s husband Ron staying behind for a few days to give Miles s father a chance to be there without him The beginning and the middle of the memoir remain hopeful as Miles is transferred to a different facility, he s brought out of his coma, he opens his eyes, he exhibits signs of understanding the world around him Through it all, the reader observes how Lu keeps it together it s even referenced at one point and how palpable her grief is she waits for her son to return to her I say grief because Miles is neither here nor there but rather in a vegetative state She is mourning her son while trying to keep him with her as well In this case we are talking about my son s life and as he is unable to speak for himself, I am his spokesman Surely you understand it is my duty, my responsibility, to try to understand his situation The end is certainly no less hopeful, but in a different way Lu tries to do what she can to ensure her son dies with dignity Lu is Miles s staunchest advocate and supporter, arranging and re arranging parts of herself and relationships with others to ensure that Miles is receiving the best treatment and care possible in his minimally conscious state MCS This means he was one step above a persistently vegetative state The legalities are different in the United Kingdom Had he possessed PVS, the doctors would have been able to remove his suffering I wish the memoir did a better job of indicating time markers, though in a way, it benefited the memoir since time is an abstract concept here We flit between Miles s accident, his childhood, adulthood, and before you know it, five years has gone by since his accident I also liked that Lu Spinney acknowledged her privilege through the memoir, about how she was able to pay for his treatment and other things The end of the memoir is really what got me, after she has lost Miles and Ron as well, unfortunately Two years into the accident, he passes away as a result of cancer The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is mentioned throughout I could see remnants of it in these pages At one point, it s revealed that the author and her son read it together when he was 13 years old The memoir is a heartwrenching read, albeit very well written and Lu s suffering as well as those around her is palpable to the reader

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