***MR LECTURER S2***
“we have to take her to the hospital right away. She’s losing the baby” my mother in law cried with desperation. I trembled as her words sent cold fear into my heart. I knew what losing the baby could do to my wife. I just couldn’t imagine what the effect would do to our family.
“no mum, it’s better i stay here. I can’t move right now. I can’t risk it. My stomach is turning and biting badly” my wife managed to say, battling hard to hold down her stomach with her hands.
“my love, i can carry you to the car, just hold on tight” i added, reaching forward to grab her but she shook her head.
“don’t worry my love, just pick up my phone, search for Dr Sandra and call her. She’s a good friend and will come right away to help” she begged softly, faced her mum and demanded for a cup of water which was dutifully brought for her._
Dr Sandra showed up twenty minutes later, looking very serious and concerned. My mother in law led her to our bedroom while i waited in the sitting room with prayers on my lips.
“Dear lord, don’t let anything happen to her or the baby please. It’s all my fault. I should be the one to suffer, not the innocent baby or my wife” i prayed. I begged. I cried.
The doctor came out fifteen minutes later with my mother in law behind her.
“your wife is stable at the moment, but i can’t say how safe she will be, keeping the baby with her current health situation. Her body seems not to be accepting the pregnancy and my advice is for her to be moved to a private clinic where she can easily be looked after or where she could have at least total bed rest without anything to disturb or stress her” she said calmly.
“don’t worry about that doctor. Just like i told you in the bedroom. I will take her to my house tomorrow, and when she gets more stable, will take her to the capital city where she will get the best treatment” my mother in law added. The doctor shrugged, smiled and left.
I quickly ran to our bedroom, to see Jessica looking pale and tired. I sat on the bed, beside her, holding her hands.
“my love don’t be scared, i know our baby will be born” i said with a sweet smile. She nodded and smiled back at me.
“yes i know dearest. I promise nothing will happen to him. His name will be CALEB, handsome and intelligent like his father” she added sweetly.
“that’s my girl” i said happily, leaving a kiss on her lips. She blushed.
“but i’m just worried.” she complained..
“my love please don’t be” i said reassuringly. She shook her head and breathed deeply.
“my mum wants me to leave with her tomorrow. It’s good for the baby but i’m worried about you. How are you going to cope without me?” she asked. I drew forward and kissed her again.
“don’t worry about me. Just go with your mum. It’s best for the baby” i said seriously. She closed her eyes, saying nothing again.
The following evening, my wife left the house with her mother and it really was quite a touching moment especially as we held on to each other as we kissed good bye.
She left with a part of me but it was all for the best.
Early the next day, i headed to my father’s house to seek his support and equally plan things concerning Comfort’s bride price with him. But the old man surprised me by saying that he wasn’t going to be part of such move, leaving me totally confused and empty.
“my son, i love you very much. You are my pride and everything but i’m not going to bring myself too low by accompanying you to the girl’s house for anything again. I’m an elder and there is a limit to what i can subject myself to. Of course you have my support, but i can’t go with you. Just get a couple of friends, go there and pay what ever they ask for. That’s it my son” he said seriously, giving me no chance to argue. But thinking of it, i saw wisdom in his words.
“A bride price paid without the presence of the man’s family as witness is as good as something that never happened”…
Deep down, i was far from being at ease. Anything could still happen.
To be continued.