Get Me Through Tomorrow

9780803254145: Paperback
Release Date: 1st April 2015

Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 200

Series American Lives

UNP - Nebraska

Get Me Through Tomorrow

A Sister’s Memoir of Brain Injury and Revival

Paperback / £16.99

On August 4, 2004, Jason Crigler was onstage in a New York City nightclub when a blood vessel burst in his brain. The thirty-four-year-old guitarist, a fixture in the downtown music scene who had played with Marshall Crenshaw, Linda Thompson, and John Cale, narrowly survived the bleed. A string of complications that followed—meningitis, seizures, coma—left him immobile and unresponsive, with his doctors saying nothing more could be done. Meanwhile, Jason’s medical insurance quickly hit its lifetime cap, meaning that his policy would no longer pay for his care. Despite such overwhelming circumstances, Jason’s parents, sister, and pregnant wife were sure that he was still there, trapped inside his incapacitated body but able to fight his way back. They mounted an intense course of rehabilitation for him even as they fought a healthcare system that was geared toward defeat.

In intimate and unflinching prose, Mojie Crigler chronicles her brother’s harrowing decline and miraculous recovery. Get Me Through Tomorrow is much more than the story of a medical victory amid a broken healthcare system, however. It is about a sister’s metamorphosis from fearful naïf to assertive caregiver. It is about families bridging heartache and divorce to find hope. It is about the deep and enduring relationship between siblings—and the love that transforms them.

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Mojie Crigler’s fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in numerous publications, including Glimmer Train, The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review, and Brooklyn Rail. She received the 2010 Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize.

“The main implications to take from this very worthy book are:  first, do not give up, second, keep fighting, third, do not stop medical care or rehabilitation too early and, fourth, professionals must work with patients and families, include them in discussions and decision making.”—Barbara A Wilson, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

"A heartfelt memoir of devotion and determination."—Kirkus

Kirkus

“A profoundly moving story about the unbreakable bond between siblings, and a beautifully written testament to the tremendous healing power of love.”—Mira Bartók, author of The Memory Palace

Mira Bartók

“With candor and a sister’s love, Mojie Crigler has written a lyrical account of her brother’s brain injury and their family’s heroic efforts to find a path to recovery. Get Me Through Tomorrow should be read by all who aspire to make the care of these patients more humane and effective.” —Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, Weill Cornell Medical College, and author of Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics, and the Struggle for Consciousness

 

Joseph J. Fins