December 15, 2006

Too big of a loss.

Youíre sitting at work doing your job. Your supervisor comes up to you and says you have an important phone call you have to take right now in their office. Knowing it must be an emergency to pull you away from a customer, you rush to the phone. Upon answering you hear that your 5 month old baby is being rushed to the hospital because they arenít breathing and you need to get there quick. Thatís exactly what happened to one of the employees at work today.

This poor girl in her early twenties lost her baby this morning. She had taken it to the sitter while she went to work. The sitter had laid the baby down for a nap and when she went to check on him, he wasnít breathing. When the baby arrived at the hospital, he was declared dead.

Her baby was everything to her. She made her life around it. When she started working for my company she was pregnant with the child. Every day she would talk about her son and bring in pictures to show everyone. Just yesterday she brought in a calendar for 2007 she had made up filled with pictures of the boy. Like any mother she loved the boy with her whole heart, and he in return made her the happiest woman I had ever met. I donít know how or even if she is going to cope with this kind of loss.

She didnít work directly for me, but she did do some work for me in my old position. I feel bad for her loss and the death of the child. I fear that the death of her child will destroy her bright and positive disposition. Her positive outlook on life and her friendly warmth will be gone forever. My imagination isnít strong enough to even comprehend what it might be like to lose a child. Iíve never been in that position and I hope that I never will.

Now if youíll excuse me, I need to go give Clone a hug. The baby and Clone have the same first name. Iím feeling awfully parental right now.

Posted by Contagion in General at December 15, 2006 04:59 PM | TrackBack

Oh God, how awful...

They will both be in my prayers.

What a tragedy. :(

Posted by: Richmond at December 15, 2006 05:14 PM

Oh my. I can't even imagine. I know prayers won't do any good, but she has them anyway. May she find the strength somehow to get through this.

Posted by: Teresa at December 15, 2006 05:53 PM

A parent's worst nighmare. May her strength and friends pull her through. Sending prayers her way also.

Posted by: sticks at December 15, 2006 06:23 PM


Yeah, hug that beautiful boy of yours, and we'll keep her in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Tammi at December 15, 2006 06:58 PM

my heart goes out to her. I'll be praying for her tonight.

Posted by: caltechgirl at December 15, 2006 10:51 PM

Definitely a prayer for her. And I'm going to hug my boys as well.

Posted by: vw bug at December 16, 2006 11:59 AM

What can one say at a time like that? I'm sorry for her loss. :-(

*going to hug my kids now*

Posted by: Wes at December 16, 2006 07:54 PM

A dear friend of mine at work lost his son to SIDS, 16 years ago this coming March. We were all devastated... Nobody knew what to do. there is nothign you CAN do. I think of that baby every March... every single March and have since the day he died and I attended his funeral. He would have been 17 this year.

I am so sorry for her loss... it is something I cannot begin to imagine and the thought is asphyxiating.

Posted by: Bou at December 16, 2006 10:12 PM

that is so sad; especially this time of the year! I am praying for the young woman that worked with you & hope that GOD will comfort her in this horrible time.
I am a mother of 5 children; 2 are mine and 3 are mine by marriage & I can't imagine losing any of them. Please pass my condolences to this young mother; I know that we aren't meant to understand WHY these things happen; but I have to believe in my Heart that GOD has a master plan & we will all play a small part.

My heart is breaking for her.

Posted by: Michelle at December 19, 2006 12:48 PM