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Hi to all and blessings to you.

I'm sure most of you have been following the hurricane Katrina coverage. It's heartbreaking to see, especially if you've ever spent any time at some of these places on the Gulf Coast. Please keep those folks in your prayers, and if you can, make donations to the Red Cross and other organizations for disaster relief. As a storm victim from Ivan last year, believe me, it will be put to good use and much appreciated.

We stayed for this storm after the local weather folks said the winds here would only be tropical storm level, with a few hurricane level gusts. We are far enough inland that the storm surge was not a concern. We knew we'd probably lose electricity (which we did) and that there was a danger from tornadoes (cleaned out the closet under the stairs... needed to anyway), but I also knew that with all the folks headed east from LA, MS, and Mobile that the roads would be clogged. I felt safer staying home this time.

The NH where Mom is, is very close to Mobile Bay, but it is up on a bluff. If the storm surge had been over 30' they would have been evacuated. As it was, they had generator power, and the roommate's husband was there, so I didn't worry too much. Lots of tree damage in that neighborhood, but the NH itself is fine... and so is Mom. She says she slept through most of the storm.

In past storms we've gone to my BIL's house in Picayune, MS - which is just across the LA line north of NO. My MIL and her husband went to her SIL's in Georgia, so they are safe. The rest of the family stayed in the cluster of homes there outside of town (old family farmstead that's been divied up over generations). Talked to BIL during the storm, they were okay, many trees down, some roof damage. He got one call out since the storm that MIL's roof is leaking. So now she's desperate to get home, but all roads into the state are closed. I'm sure BIL and the cousins will put a tarp over it and buckets below.

My husband wants so much to go to his home town and help out. The first obstacle is that it is physically impossible to get there right now. Secondly, his health prevents him from being any help once he's there. So he watches the TV and worries. His last trip to the hospital, he came out with an rx for Xanax. Those seem to help. The cardiologist said to ask his pcp for a scrip of Paxil (sp?). He had an appt in Mobile for yesterday, but we couldn't get the Dr's office on the phone, and the bay traffic was terrible, so we put it off - probably until next week.

BTW, I'm doing okay, but having trouble staying focused on work, or anything else. It's useless to worry about things you can't control, but it's hard not to do. Something tells me that the economy is fixing to tank. Life in a disaster area is a preview of how it's going to be when the bottom drops out. How's that for a pessimistic outlook from the usual Pollyanna? Okay, enough of that.

Sorry this is so long. It's been a long year here.

Do you have a disaster plan? Do you have a place to evacuate? Could you care for your loved one if the power was out for a week or more? It's almost "old hat" here, but everytime we go through it, it just wears us down a little more.

Well, it's time to start my day.

Hugs to all,
Barb
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Hi Barb:

Thank you for sharing. You certainly have had the experience unfortunately with Ivan. Our household has been following the news.

My middle sister lives just outside of New Orleans. My other sister was with her at the time of Katrina to help her recover from a hip replacement operation. Luckily, she convinced her that they needed to evacuate. We just heard from them last night and they are safe in Houston. I was able to put them on the phone with dad and they talked for almost an hour.

It is very scary to see such damage and disruption caused by a natural disaster. None of us are immune. Thank you again, Barb, for sharing and reminding that we need to be prepared...

In my prayers, Glenda




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Thanks Glenda and sebahben for your kind responses. I apologize, because my tone got kinda harsh toward the end there. Guess I needed to vent. We really are blessed compared to so many other folk.

Glenda, your story sounds like a little silver lining in the storm. I'm glad to hear your sisters are okay. It sounds like maybe things between ya'll may be better for a while?

Thanks for listening. Ya'll are terrific!

Hugs,
Barb
Hi Barb:

It is hard to be "pollyanna" under the best of circumstances - that is for sure! The devastation of New Orleans is certainly distressing and alarming. It seems that the new millenium has brought us some terrible blows with terrorism and natural disasters.

As far as my sisters, well, I am being very cautious still. You know, "leopards do not change their spots"... I have learned a difficult lesson while being the care-giver and that is my sisters (dearest) will take any opportunity to put me down. This goes way back to birth and resentment towards me. However, I have also learned that, while being a care-giver, I owe it to dad to let him maintain his relationships with all his children.

Soooooooo, sad but true, I just don't want to get set up again. My "pollyanna" attitude suffers too from past experiences. Meanwhile, I will make sure to put a hard hat into my disaster kit! Thanks again, Barb, for caring and the words of wisdom!

Have a wonderful day, Glenda

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