Yesterday, Michigan Medicine’s Women’s Health Program hosted World Breastfeeding Week. I was responsible for advertising, setting up delivery (food and furniture), and setting up for the event. Our event was scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. In weeks prior, I had received confirmation that Cottage Inn would be donating and delivering sixteen pizzas at 11:45am for our event. I waited around at the front of the hospital for Cottage Inn to call or arrive. After a while of waiting, I called Cottage Inn; they had no track of our order/donation.
I went back into the our event’s venue. I tried to find my boss, who was coordinator of the event. She was no where to be found. My mind was spiraling. I was responsible for feeding at least fifty people; I didn’t have any food and less than five minutes. I rushed down to the hospital’s cafeteria. Somehow, I was able to get the cafeteria to provide me with seven pizzas within the following twenty minutes. I walked all the way back to our venue with the seven pizzas. I arrived halfway through the event.
After the fact, Cottage Inn was contacted. They apologized and blamed themselves. I felt off the hook. Even though my boss and I received a confirmation email 72 hours prior to the event, it is still important to check in with the delivery company 24 hours in advance. Even though I felt defeated during the process, I had to think on my toes and stay rational.