Take It Lying Down (Paperback)
Finding My Feet After a Spinal Cord Injury
Paul Dry Books, 9781589881358, 200pp.
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
"An amazing story of resilience and resurrection that is simultaneously moving, witty, and inspirational."--Ashok Rajamani, author of The Day My Brain Exploded
"This engrossing book shows how to bear up and live in-between the inescapability of what was and the uncertainty of what is to come."--Christina Crosby, author of A Body, Undone
Six months shy of retirement and on a family vacation in Mexico, Jim Linnell steps off the porch of a rented guest house and breaks his neck. He is medevacked to his hometown hospital in Albuquerque and from there to a spinal cord injury hospital in Denver, where he learns he may live the rest of his life as a quadriplegic. How does a person absorb such news?
Jim's injury is incomplete: He has a two-year window for improvement. After three months of rehabilitation at the hospital, he and his wife, Jennifer, return to their home with an armada of equipment for his therapy, a heavy dose of anxiety about how they will manage together, and many unanswerable questions: Will Jim get better? What kind of future will they have? Can they move past denial to accept the possibility that Jim may remain a quadriplegic?
Take It Lying Down portrays a man reclaiming his life from catastrophe--it is a book of exemplary courage.