The Long Awakening: A Memoir
A very Gripping true story
The Long Awakening is such a moving story of a mother who awakes from a medically induced coma and the long, slow struggle of recovering from the trauma not only for the mother but for the whole family. Their faith gets them through this even in the times when they struggle to believe.
This book not only gripped my heart and my emotions, but it also helped me to understand what it would be like to go through something like this. I believe this book would be of encouragement to others going through situations such as this.
I am so grateful I read this book and know it will be one I would read again and share with others.
Lindsey OÃ¢ÂÂConnor is a great and gifted writer.
November 27, 2013
A Mother's Quest to Normality
By Lindsey O'Connor
In this day and age, having a baby should be easy , with complications rarely happening, right??? Well, in the case of LIndsey, this became a tragic moment. The joy of a new infant was overcome by a mother's life-threatening coma!! Would she have a miraculous recovery and awakening or was it time to leave this world to go to the arms of her Lord??
Lindsey tells her story of her unexpected pregnancy and the tragic situation that develops immediately after the birth of a healthy baby girl. Her day started with all the happiness and excitement that a new baby brings, however ended with running, panic , blood and tears. The baby thrives, Lindsey exists!! In a deep unknown world of nothingness. She goes into a coma, from which few think she will ever recover. This tragedy is described in detail, keeping you glued to the page, wanting to know what Lindsey's future will be, if indeed, there is a future for her on this earth.
Meanwhile , there is a newborn , healthy, and needing to be loved. Without her mother's care and love, will she thrive?? Lindsey's elder daughter takes over, giving up her dreams of college, for the moment, to care for this tiny sister. The depth of a sister's love is described in such detail that you become part of her challenges, joys and discouragement. She continues to grow in the Lord, as she fills her mother's shoes, in nurturing this new little one.
The present is a nightmare situation for the family. Although Lindsey's husband never gives up, she relates his worries, fears and heartache in a depth that you can feel in your inner most being.
Forty seven days later, Lindsey first shows signs of regaining her consciousness. The first thing she sees is her husband's face leaning over her.Lindsey's road to recovery is long and at times wearisome and discouraging. With her family, she fights to relearn how to return to her family , as a mom. It is a VERY long journey and she describes it in depth.
Although I generally prefer not to read books written in the first person, this story grabbed me from the very first page. I could feel the pain, heartache, and tragedies. It is a spectacular work of recalling and recovering, told in a sincere and meaningful way. The times of weeping and fear experienced by this Christian family touched me deeply. What a mother will do to return to her family, although hard physically and emotionally, is simply amazing and shows us the power of God, who has much to do in His plan for them.
Definitely a book to leave you reflecting on the value of life and how God is at work , even in the toughest situations.
October 29, 2013
Coma, Awakening & the long quest to regain what wa
Lindsey O'Connor in her new book, "The Long Awakening" published by Revell gives us The riveting true story of a life-threatening coma, a miraculous awakening, and the long quest to regain what was lost.
From the back cover: The riveting true story of a life-threatening coma, a miraculous awakening, and the long quest to regain what was lost.
The day our baby came into the world was the day I left. A day that began all smiles and excitement and anticipation and joy ended with running and panic and blood and tears. And then coma.
I lay suspended in the deep, my newborn unknown. Nothingness. Layers where dark pulled from below, light called from above, and me, trapped in between, longing to break the surface.
Forty-seven days later when I first saw my husband's face leaning close to me, I knew where, and who, I was. But other things took much longer to know. Learning to restitch life-and love-when everything's changed, and finding who we are afterward, can be the longest journey of all.
I'm Lindsey O'Connor, and this is the story of my long awakening.
Forty seven days is a long chunk of someone's life to lose. On August 30, 2002 at the age of 41, Lindsey O'Connor experienced childbirth complications and received over 20 units of blood, two times the amount of blood in her body, while giving birth to her daughter, Caroline. Doctors put her into a medically-induced coma to allow her brain, lungs and body to heal. Initially her doctors did not know what was medically wrong, and there was no promise she would wake up. While in a coma, Lindsey suffered multi-organ failure and was close to death several times, leaving her family on an emotional roller coaster. For 47 excruciating days her family waited with Lindsay's expected death looming. Miraculously, she woke up. With no memory of the time spent in a coma. Ms. Lindsey gives a personal account of what it was like for her from the moment she came out of her coma until the time when she was able to regain the time of her life that had continued to flow by her while she was out. This is a wonderfully told book that will have you crying in spots and cheering in others. "The Long Awakening" is a book of the mercy and grace of God and the prayers of our loved ones.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
October 9, 2013
Talk about triumphing over huge hurdles!
I have 2-3 pages of little bits from the book that touched my heart. After three pages I stopped because I would have an incredibly long review if I wrote about all of of my notes. For the sake of this review, I will just touch on a few more important ones.
Let me start by saying I really enjoyed The Long Awakening and found myself reading faster to see what how LindseyÃ¢ÂÂs story ended.
First, I am always impressed when a family rallies around one another and does what needs to be done through difficult circumstances, such as the OÃ¢ÂÂConnorÃ¢ÂÂs 47+ day tragedy. For example, LindseyÃ¢ÂÂs oldest daughter postponed college in order to stay at home to take care of her baby sister. This is something no parent wants to force on their oldest child, but the fact that Jacquelyn decided on her own her baby sister needed to be in their family home and not Ã¢ÂÂfarmedÃ¢ÂÂ out to another home to be cared for showed her love, devotion and sacrifice to do what was in the best interest of not only Caroline, but the whole family.
JacquelynÃ¢ÂÂs intuition about her sister Allison was amazing too. I loved reading about how she got her little sister to open up and showed her it was ok to cry, to grieve over what had happened to their mom. The OÃ¢ÂÂConnorÃ¢ÂÂs must have been so proud of her.
Secondly, LindseyÃ¢ÂÂs family had so much support, love and help that it was a sweet testimony to one nurse in particular, who said, Ã¢ÂÂsheÃ¢ÂÂd never seen people come around a family like that.Ã¢ÂÂ They had a church that put love into action Ã¢ÂÂ for the long haul.
IÃ¢ÂÂve been taken to emergency surgery during a couple of my miscarriages, but I never uttered the words Lindsey did when she was being wheeled away:
Ã¢ÂÂPlease take care of me. I have five children now.Ã¢ÂÂ
Weird, but I felt guilty. Granted her situation was completely different but still. ItÃ¢ÂÂs amazing what another womanÃ¢ÂÂs story can illicit from my own soul.
I could not have been as calm as Lindsey was when she found out she had an emergency hysterectomy. Listen to what her response was:
Ã¢ÂÂWhy does this matter? Uterus in, uterus out. A little rain. Get out the umbrella. I had no use for that body part anymore.Ã¢ÂÂ
Not having been in her situation, I can only imagine how I would have responded. I guess this was the least of her concerns at the time. More important matters had her attention, such as, communicating, moving, holding and bonding with her baby, getting her life back.
I could go on for another 500 words, but the last thing I wanted to share had a profound affect on me was when Lindsey spent two hours tapping a spoon against her bedside table only to be ignored. The reason they found out later was because this was a physical quality brain damaged people exhibited. LindseyÃ¢ÂÂs words were:
Ã¢ÂÂI lay brain damaged and didnÃ¢ÂÂt warrant a response.Ã¢ÂÂ
That made me so very sad. The hospital staff heard her but ignored her. Thank God she had her husband advocating for her!
I highly recommend this book. It will make you cry, but LindseyÃ¢ÂÂs story is a must read. Talk about triumphing over huge hurdles!
Ã¢ÂÂAvailable October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.Ã¢ÂÂ
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October 5, 2013