Apparently, flinching is now considered a hostile act. On Friday I received the most appalling email from a friend and former co-worker. I didn’t want to post it until I could get her on the phone and ask her permission to post because there’s some very personal details in here. I spoke to her yesterday, and she said I can post it provided I keep her anonymous. This friend of mine just had an ectopic pregnancy three weeks ago (also known as a “tubal pregnancy”). She was only one week out of the hospital, and still had a large bandage covering the abdominal incision area, as well as a thick menstrual pad due to continued bleeding, when she flew last week. She probably shouldn’t have been flying, but she had an opportunity for a long-term assignment (she does freelance marketing and graphic design from her home). So, here’s her email (I’ve deleted some parts that could identify her). Note that there are some words in there that are probably NSFW, but this is how she talks, so I’m posting what she wrote. I asked her if she got names, but she didn't even think to. Nor did she file a compliant - by the time it was all over she was not feeling well at all, and had to go sit down for a while...and by then her plane was boarding. I'm just sickened. Actually "sickened" doesn't even cover it - I'm not sure there's a word in the English language that conveys strongly enough my utter horror that this is going on in our formerly-great nation, with no recourse.