In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of detaching from the daily grind and connecting with yourself, Claudia Turner shares an inspiring and intimate story of her two months living in a Salt Lake City hospital, awaiting the birth of her first daughter Dakota.
While preeclampsia, a pregnancy illness, keeps her bedridden, Turner contemplates everything from the history of childbirth to witchcraft, introversion, existentialism, Parisian parenting tricks, and her husband's struggles with alcoholism. As a result, she discovers the depth and turbulence of her own mind while kept in the confines of a single hospital room.
Curious about the nurses, the janitors, and her own restless brain, Turner becomes an introspective and humorous observer, offering a thoughtful and honest glimpse into the curious life of a pregnant woman.
Written by Claudia Turner, and narrated by Erin Rieman, Notes on a Hospitalized Pregnant Woman is a touching exploration of patience and perspective, showing us how a a break from the world can bring us more connected to it, while providing a closer look into what it means to be fully alive.
As I was listening to this audiobook, I kept thinking, how do people jump into life? I felt that Claudia Turner jumped into life and was taking it as it came. It was as if she had no direction and being in the hospital made her introspective about her life.
It is interesting that when we are force to rest, we ponder our lives; the what ifs, the whys, and why nots. But most of us are not worried about what our spouses are doing or are not doing. We are trusting them to do the right thing, but not Claudia. Her husband has demons that can affect their lives in a major way.
I love this audiobook because Claudia is free with expressing her feelings. She is open and honest about her situation. Life is not always pretty. Pregnancy can suck and drain you. Sometimes in marriage, you are carry more of the responsibilities than your spouse.