A few years ago, Borne supporter and writer Amna K. Boheim wrote ‘The Art of Doing Nothing’, an honest and insightful blog post on her personal experience with pre-eclampsia. The author of ‘The Silent Children’ stayed true to her day-to-day experiences after returning home from hospital. Today, we would like to share her piece with you, as pre-eclampsia is a grave reality for so many women both here in the UK and across the globe.
Pre-eclampsia sucks. It sucks even more, if, as in my case, pre-eclampsia creeps up on you, unwittingly, ten days after giving birth. As a result, I was stuck in hospital for two nights. But at least my impromptu stay probably saved my Better Half from coming home to find me collapsed in a heap on the floor. So I owe a big thank you to (1) serendipity (long story) and (2) Prof. Mark Johnson, Dr Natasha Singh, the anaesthetists (part of the long story) and midwives at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.
Once I was home, I was forced to rest and do absolutely nothing. The one thing I was allowed to do was to walk from my bedroom to the living room and back again. Lounging around is something I’ve only ever dreamed about. Except that when it came about for real, I found it difficult. I mean, really difficult. So for those who are faced with the task of doing nothing, here are some tips:
If the phone rings, don’t answer it. Don’t listen to the ensuing message, either, because ultimately it will involve you having to action something (in my case, a Back Office request from my Better Half.) This applies to emails and texts too.