You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.
I had surgery on my knee one week ago. It has been a very tough week. I still cannot lift my leg, and my pain is constant.
I have been in this care center since Friday pm, and have had so many ridiculous issues with a place that prides itself on making my stay an easy and comfortable one. (NOT!) I had a meeting yesterday with the general manager of the place (she asked me for the meeting), and then a meeting with four of the directors after that one. Man, I hate meetings. All because people didn't bother knowing basic information, never bothered giving me basic stuff for my room (towels, soap, pillowcases???), didn't bother to do their jobs, and physical therapists were trying to force me into doing things that I was just not physically capable of doing. It has been disheartening.
I THINK I got everything straightened out. It was purely coincidental, that my darling Daughter was visiting me when these four "big shots" came into my room, obviously aiming at intimidation. They totally failed. I disarmed them, I never let these four women, who insisted on standing during the meeting, take over, or order me around. My DD, who was sitting there when they walked in, asked if she should leave. I said, no, I would be delighted to have you here. I let all them know what had been going on, and that I was perfectly capable of finding another place to stay and that the errors were many, and they needed to be rectified, immediately.
The four of them walked out, after agreeing to all that I said, and promised to fix things.
My DD was very amused. She said, Mom, they came in intending on being mean, I could see it. I laughed and said, I know. Were they, I asked her? She said, no, how did you do that? I said, they had and have no idea where my goat is tied**, and therefore, I was talking with a position of power, plus they were wrong.
She asked me if I wanted to leave here, and I said, let's let this stew for a day or two and see. Things have already improved immensely, and people are actually doing their jobs.
I got a text from my DD about a half hour after she left. She wrote "ROBO MOM" "You are awesome, and I love you".
I told her that I loved her too, and told her she was my robo kid. She brought me a beautiful plant of all growing bulbs, with tulips, daffodils, amarillys, crocus, and a few more beauties, and it is so fun to watch it all grow about an inch a day. Nothing is blooming yet, but will be. My DD also stopped at Costco and bought me a tray of fresh shrimp (a HUGE indulgence), because she knew it would surprise me, and that I loved it. She certainly knows how to make a Mom feel awesome.
I AM strong, and I will be. If I have to get out the boxing gloves, I will do that too.
Robo Mom is in full command today.
Hope you are all having an awesome week.
**old favorite saying of my Dad's. "They can't get to your rope if they don't know where your goat is tied"