Then one night, our supervisor came to work and her whole demeanor
had changed. Jane looked mean and hateful, something we werent used
to seeing. The unthinkable had happened. Her now fully recovered boy-
friend, who shed catered to for months and nursed back to health, had
written her a Dear Jane letter and reunited with his estranged wife.
Jane had done his dirty work cared for him, stopped by his house,
picked up his mail, helped with hospital expenses, and endured con-
frontations with her adversary. Shed walked in on her husband and
baby sitter years ago, and now something snapped. The fun-loving,
witty supervisor, whod shared anecdotes about her nursing career,
no longer existed. Shed been replaced by a vengeful, tyran-nical
maniac. I saw first hand that Hellhath no fury like a woman scorned.
The situation also opened up the floodgatesto Janes drinking problem,
which apparently had been under control until this emotional disaster.
At the time, I was in the process of divorcing my alcoholic husband and had also dealt with alcoholic relatives. I was familiar with the manipulative nature and personality transformations exhibited by these people. Dealing with alcoholics is like walking on eggshells. You almost have to adapt a chameleon type persona in order to survive otherwise, the wrong word or action could set them off. It was bad enough having to endure this situation at home. But I would persevere and get through it at the workplace too, and so would Lisa and Gail.
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