Little Pieces-Chapter 6
In the morning of the 3rd day after the surgery, the doctors decided it was time for Catherine to try to get up and walk a few steps.
The woman was anxious about it because she was not feeling strong enough and also, no one from her family was by her side.
-I do not want to do it-she said looking at the ceiling.
-Your Royal Highness, we said you have to start. You were talking with your family members yesterday and you were happy about it.
“Royal Highness? Is he idiot or what?”
-I am not at the moment.. IS IT THAT HARD TO UNDERSTAND?! and stop calling me “Your Royal Highness”. I do not know what you mean.
-Ms. Catherine, stop screaming please.
She just looked at the doctor and said slowly but with anger:
-Leave Me Alone.
She was laying on the bed by more than an hour already when her mother walked it to the room.
-Hey sweetheart, how are you?
Carole kissed her on the cheek.
She didn’t answer her.
-WHO ARE YOU?! - she screamed, having some kind of panic attack.
-HOW DID YOU KNOW MY NAME?!
Carole seemed to be speechless.
-Kate.. I am..
-DON’T CALL ME ‘KATE’ ! - she shouted and hid her face in hands.
-I am your mother…What is happening to her, doctor?-She asked when Catherine’s doctor and the nurse entered the hospital room.
-She’s behaving differently since this morning.. We have no idea what caused that but we guess it’s amnesia.
-Wh-.. What? Amnesia? After 3 days?
-It often happens after brain surgeries. It should be gone soon.
-“soon” means when?
-Sadly, I don’t know..
The doctor turned to the nurse that was giving some medications to The Duchess.
-Ready? Good. -he looked at Carole again.-Your daughter got medications. She will be sleeping for a few hours right now.
-Can I stay with her?
William was preparing breakfast for his children when he heard the phone ringing.
“At this hour?”. He picked up the phone.
-Carole? Good morning
-Has she started to walk?
-No, she hasn’t.. According to the doctor.. She has amnesia. They have no idea how long it will last..
-Amnesia? O my god. Did she forget who are you?
-Yes. It seems she forget her name too. Doctors don’t know how long she will be like that.. I am so scared..
-I’ll be there in a while okay?
William seemed to be shocked when he hung up the call. Did she forget him as well? their children? Her whole life?
The Duke Of Cambridge slowly went into her room and exchanged a “hello” with his mother in-law.
He looked at his wife and stayed like that until she wake up 2 hours later. Her eyes started to open.
-Who are you? - she said quietly.
Those words ripped off his heart. She has forgotten him.
-I.. I am William. Your husband.
-Do I have a husband?
-Yeah.. And.. 3 children..
He was really shocked by the situation, as much as Catherine.
-Kids? What are their names?
-George, he’s 6. Charlotte,4 and Louis, 1.
-Why do I forget everything? what happened to me?
-You had.. a surgery 3 days ago and it seems like you’ve got amnesia..
-Oh no.. I do not remember anything of our lives, of my life.. Where do I work?
“Should I tell her the truth? Say something like "calm down, you will know everything but step by step” ? What should I tell her?“ William was helpless. Catherine’s mother noticed that so she replied instead:
-You help kids and other groups of people.
-So.. Am I volunteer somewhere?
William turned to Carole with a "thank you” look.
-But.. Doctor was calling me “Your royal highness”. What does it mean?
William sighed and decided to explain her everything, the whole truth.
He started from the story about their first meeting and then everything else.
Catherine was asking a lot of questions, she was in a state of shock.
Later, they left the hospital room and were talking, sitting in the hospital cafe.
-I have no idea what will we do if she stays this way for a long time.
-I do not know..-William said. -She doesn’t deserve all of this. The brain tumour, the surgery and now amnesia. The children will want to see her by FaceTime again and she only remembers them because of my story and photos.. I do not know what to think and do anymore..
-William.. We have to be strong, for her. She needs our support. More than ever.
-I know but it’s really hard for me to see her like that.. Well ugh.. I guess I have to make a few phone calls to my family. They needed an update about Catherine’s condition.
-Yes, of course. Take your time, I’m going to see her.
In the afternoon, The Duke Of Cambridge decided to go home. He wanted to explain to his kids their mother’s current situation.
-Your mummy has got amnesia. It is something that causes memory loss..
-She has forgotten us? - George asked and his sister started to cry.
-Not completely, but yes.. Do not worry, please.. it is temporary, it will last only a few days..
He tried to calm down his children but felt drained himself.
In the evening, William went back to the hospital.
Catherine was crying as sitting on the bed.
-Doctor just told me what happened.. Brain tumour can have remission. I can die..
William quickly went to the doctor’s office.
-WHY DID YOU TELL HER THE TRUTH? SOMEONE FROM HER FAMILY SHOULD HAVE BEEN WITH HER ON THAT TIME ! SHE WAS ALONE !
-She went to the bathroom and saw a bandage on her head.. We can’t hide the truth from the patient.
-Yes I know but you could wait or just tell her only about surgery, not about the tumour. What am I supposed to tell her right now? Or no, do not give me any advice. It was you who made a mistake.
William went to his wife’s room. She was still sitting on bed. He sat down next to her and cuddled her without any words. They were both silent. Catherine spoke first:
-Can you stay with me all night?
-Okay, I’m staying with you.
-But make a phone call home. Our kids need to know you won’t be there.
-You are right.
William went at the corridor and after making a phone call he decided to go to the bathroom.
-This is too much. I don’t know how to handle it all.. I have to be strong. For her..
When he went back to the room, he laid down next to his wife. Kate laid her head on his chest.
-I can feel this familiar feeling-she said quietly a few minutes later.
-Feeling of.. being safe..
-You will remember everything soon. Amnesia will be gone after a few days..
-I know but the tumour..
-Shh, do not think about it now. Try to sleep, okay?