Last night, one of my friends sent out a group e-mail saying that another friend’s husband was gravely ill and in the hospital. Just now, I replied saying “I’m sorry to hear it” and offering my thoughts etc.
At about the same moment, the original sender sent a reply to her own message, saying that he’s doing a little bit better today. Now I am worried that my reply will appear right after hers in people’s mailboxes, and it will look like I was saying that I was sorry to hear that he is better!
Part of me wants to send a follow-up message explaining myself, but maybe that would just make things even more awkward.