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From Concussion With Love: I Built A Fort

Posted by on January 30, 2014
This is the corner of the ceiling near our bed. I spent a lot of time staring at walls, making this an apt banner for my mini-series of reflections from my 4+ months of concussion-recovery.

This is the corner of the ceiling near our bed. I spent a lot of time staring at walls, making this an apt banner for my mini-series of reflections from my 4+ months of concussion-recovery.

Remember when you were little, and you’d gather a bunch of blankets and sheets and make a fort? (It’s okay if you don’t, Varun had no idea what I was talking about either.) At any rate, it was great fun. So One Day, I was laying at home bored. Actually, that was everyday. In fact my usual day for three months went something like this:

9 am Wake up (as late as possible)

9:15 Eat breakfast, get dressed

9:45 Have a cup of tea

10:15 Do physio exercises

10:45 Lay down on the bed or couch

12 Have lunch

12:30 Nap

2:30 Sit on the couch

4:30 Go for a walk

5 Have a cup of tea

6 Eat supper, chat quietly with Varun

7 Have a cup of tea on the couch

7:45 Take a bath or lay on the bed or couch

9 Get ready for bed. Sleep.

So when I said I did nothing, I really, truly meant it.

Back to that one day that I had a bright idea. Tired of staring at my walls, I decided to build a fort.

My fort had two levels: the "terrace" (i.e. the floor)

My fort had two levels: the “terrace” (i.e. the floor)

The Second level was the balcony (i.e. the futon with a bunch of pillows on it)

The second level was the “balcony” (i.e. the futon unfolded with a bunch of pillows on it)

I know what you’re wondering: how did you construct such an architectural wonder with a headache? Ingenuity, people.

Bucky ball magnets held up my sheet. Engineering at its finest.

Bucky ball magnets held up my sheet. Engineering at its finest.

Armed with pillows, earplugs and a lavender-filled pillow, I camped out in my fort, the hours of staring and resting somehow transformed. In the midst of an endless blur of sitting and sipping tea, I found a way to lighten the monotony. Incidentally, this was also the day I termed my season of solitude “Concussia”. That’s about 4 months of creativity jammed into one day. Be impressed, friends.

My "eye patch" (as Varun called it) was never far from reach. Thanks, Elephant Candle Holder.

In Concussia, everyone works hard (ha!). My “eye patch” (as Varun called it) was never far from reach. Thanks, Elephant Candle Holder.

Have you ever built a fort? Got any tips?

2 Responses to From Concussion With Love: I Built A Fort

  1. Crystal (My Hindi Heart)

    Hahaha! Nice fort. 😀
    Well, hey. This is always a brilliant and simple way to have fun. Honestly, I haven’t thought about making a fort since my brothers were really little. They are 16 and 13 now.
    I remember the last fort I made, included a LOT of chairs and A LOT of books to weigh down the corners. Hahaha..
    Well anyway, have fun! 🙂

  2. Mindy

    My sister and I used to make forts out of couch cushions, blankets and my parents’ ping pong table. The table was great because it provided stability and the legs became natural walls. Good times 🙂

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