A busy job, running the family life at the same time and a husband whose health is failing: it seems to be too much for Bettina. In ‘consultation, but with slight coercion’, Jim was therefore kicked out of the bedroom and he spends the night among the ‘laundry racks and books’ in the attic, Bettina tells her colleagues on the radio.
‘Crazy misophonic Henkie here, is once again awake about something, but wanted to know if she wasn’t the only one. Better to be well rested apart than to lie awake together and get grumpy, right?’ she writes in the following fragment.
By watching The Crown Bettina learns that she is not the only one who looks positively at separate sleeping areas. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip also did that in their time. “I am in a relationship, I am even married, but we sleep separately,” says Bettina. “He’s coughing and coughing. You can’t cough next to me, you can’t lie next to that, can you?”
The sounds her husband produces drive Bettina crazy, but she cannot count on the support of her colleagues. “He coughs very hard. The whole bed moves back and forth. He is almost two meters, that is not a small cough that makes you think: I will continue to sleep,” she tries to convince the men and listeners.
“I’m not the only one, I see,” she then concludes. “That reassures me.”