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Beyond the High Blue Air [Reading] ➶ Beyond the High Blue Air Author Lu Spinney – 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 e When Lu Spinney's twenty nine High Blue Epub Û 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 Beyond the PDF/EPUB or 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 uarters 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 the High Blue PDF/EPUB ¶ 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 Dominiue 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.

About the Author: Lu Spinney

Lu Spinney was born in High Blue Epub Û Cape Town and spent her childhood on a farm in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal later moving with her family to the Indian Ocean coast north of Durban After university she left South Africa to live in Nice and Paris before settling in London.

10 thoughts on “Beyond the High Blue Air

  1. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Nearly 45 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 frustrationPointless 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 IcebergSee my full review at Nudge

  2. Amy Morgan Amy Morgan 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 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. Marika Marika says:

    A memoir written about a son's tragic accident and subseuent 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 discussedI read an advance copy and was not compensated

  4. Paulina Paulina 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

  5. Ellen Ellen says:

    29 year old Miles Kemp had always been an athlete and he loved the invigorating challenges he faced with snowboarding While vacationing with friends in St Anton Miles did not hesitate to try the highest jump on the ski slope uncharacteristically wearing a crash helmet for the fist time His board hit the lip of the jump he lost his balance and plummeted to the ground Very uickly his condition became an emergency and Miles was flown to Innsbruck where he had surgery to reduce the swelling in his brain and was placed in ICU His family living in London uickly assembled at his bedside not realizing this was just the first day of extreme frustration despair and a battle for acceptance of Miles' fateMiles' mother Lu Spinney never gave up on her eldest child Through transfers to a London hospital a prestigious brain institution and finally a caring rest home Lu watched for any sign that her beloved child was still there And there were signs not all of them good but the family grasped at any tiny bit of hope After five years it had become obvious to the family and many of Miles' medical team members that Miles would never recover and that the bit of Miles that was able to register emotion clearly showed that he wanted to be released from his life Since he was not considered to be in a vegetative state the legal battle Miles' family faced was dauntingThis is such a difficult book to read As a mother I cannot imagine the agony of watching your child face such pain indignity and terror every single day Lu is no saint; she certainly had her days of rage and self pity but she stood by her son and fought for him every step of the way Another tragedy in her life must have nearly unspooled her but somehow she overcame one grief to face another that would be inevitable Read this one with tissues close at hand

  6. Wendy Wendy says:

    A touching and fearless memoir The author shares her difficult journey with the reader using such evocative language that she renders her plight accessible to all She speaks of her experience in such a way that we are given at least a taste of what it is like to be in her nearly unthinkable situation She discusses the thoughts feelings that people with disabled loved ones shouldn't have reflecting the harsh reality of such an existence Very good read

  7. Rhonda Lomazow Rhonda Lomazow says:

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

  8. Shirley Freeman Shirley Freeman 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 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 monthsyears 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

  9. Linden Linden 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 times painful to read this memoir is reminiscent of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking

  10. Heather Heather 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 and death

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