Love BombPosted: March 20, 2013
Today, is Email Love Bomb day for my Momma. She has already received a couple of emails. I called her this morning to tell her what was going on, and to make sure that she was reading her emails instead of deleting messages from people she didn’t know.
My Mom always follows the advice of my brother-in-law, IT nerd extraordinaire, and he has always told her to delete messages from people she doesn’t know. My original plan was to send her an email later today, to explain why her inbox was so full, but after thinking about it, I thought it would be best to let her know now, so she didn’t delete any love bomb messages. I also told her to make sure to check her spam folder just in case messages would land there.
I caught her just in time, as she had received a couple of emails from “strangers” that she was going to delete. She was in tears after reading the first three messages. I know that these long treatments are the worst for her. The fact that they are on Wednesdays makes it harder.
Wednesday has always been “meeting” day at her work. They close the office each Wednesday over lunch, bring lunch in for the entire staff, sometimes have a sales rep come in and do a lunch and learn, or they just go over what has been going on in the business for the week.
My Mom was always a big part of meeting day. As the employee who had been there the longest, and the face of the office (front reception) she generally had a lot to say. She was the one in charge of marketing, the first face anyone saw in the clinic. When she was told she had to go on a leave of absence to retain her health benefits, she asked if she could at least come to the meetings so she could keep up on what was going on in the clinic. They said no.
This just devastated her. I think it is a small part of her decision to have her chemo day be on Wednesday. If she couldn’t go to her meeting, at least there was a reason why she couldn’t go. I don’t know what it would hurt for her to come and sit in on an hour-long meeting. It would still make her feel like part of the team. She wasn’t asking to be paid, she just wanted to be there.
Further evidence that companies can be assholes. I will leave it at that.
Today, she will have blood work done prior to her chemo treatment to check her red blood count, she is a little nervous about this as well. She has been feeling good, although tired, so I don’t know if she really has anything to worry about.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for sending her these messages. A little word of encouragement goes a long way. A recipe, a video from your sweet children, a photo or drawing really anything that makes her smile, makes me smile as well.
You are all the best, you are all full of awesome. I love you all.
If you are just catching this, and would like to send her an email today, leave me a comment with your email address and I will send you hers.