What I will remember after a hurricane
admin 18 December, 2009
I know nature can be cruel but for me it should be called a non-natural disaster. “Act of God” is also a strange phrase to me. Probably we have to say it’s somebody’s fault when life plays tricks on us. But this time we should greatly thank him for these days here in Oregon.
All the Northwest can hear the chain saws which remind us of a great disaster. It is funny that such tragedies make our everyday lives so sweet. Those of us living with an illness and pain every day have to make more effort to find that happiness. When you are finding it difficult to wake up every day, such a non-natural disaster may depress you even more. I am writing this blog to share my life, my illness and my experiences with all of you. I must say that even though I am very tired, I don’t have time to complain as I’m busy thanking God for saving us and our house. Others weren’t so lucky and I can see the Red Cross in town, the National Guard, neighbors clearing their places of living and insurers estimating the damages from all over the USA. The governor has been here and we’ve been officially declared. It is very sad that there is too much wood now on the market and much of these nice but dead trees may be wasted.
The reality has shown its brutality and living through such disasters is even more difficult for those that have health problems during peaceful times. I don’t want to say any wise words, just to remind you about a few things. You just cope the best you can, one task at a time. I don’t think that complaining or getting angry makes bad things better and I don’t like doing it either. I just kept saying to myself “We will be fine. It will be over soon.” It was.
There are some things I observed which may be useful for many of us already struggling through lives:
1. You have to accept that you will be less strong and have less energy than usual. Don’t expect too much of yourself doing too many things waiting for a better day. It will finally be over. Take your vitamins as usual. Plan to have some extra rest and go out to get fresh air. It’s okay because you need it. Your adrenaline will be higher especially when you are on corticosteroid drugs such as prednisone.
2. If you have a rheumatoid disease, or some other long-lasting illness, your body probably can’t control the temperature too well. I know I have been too sensitive to high and low temperature for many years now. I don’t know if my part of the brain is working well enough or if it’s from years of low dose of medicines, or if it’s my blood circulation: it just is. I love my long silk underwear and I would say that everybody should wear them as a first layer of warmth. It is good to have few layers of clothes on you, especially those cotton ones. Also, if your feet are warm, then you are warm. Wear two pairs of wool socks and stay dry.
3. When the weather forecast is a bit worrying, check if you have enough medications. Make sure you have a working flashlight by the bed. We always keep all of our flashlights, radio, extra batteries, candles, lighter and a small DVD in one place.
4. Check if you have a lot of bottled water, canned food and a can opener. Now I know that canned food isn’t very good to eat after six days, however, you may try to keep some things outside when it is cooler. If you have a barbecue or something else to cook meat, eat only the food that is partly frozen so you’ll know it’s safe. Eat and drink everything you can before it goes bad.
5. Never start fire at house or bring any heating elements such as generators home. Put candles in glass containers which will hold the hot wax if you fall asleep.
6. Have in mind how you usually react to stress and try to be ready. I, for example, have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and the whole stress went down and caused bowel problems the whole time. Actually, I’m still trying to get better. I agree with the ancient people who thought that our emotion had its home in the gut, not the heart.
7. Remember you don’t face such bad things on your own. Check if your neighbors, friends and family are okay. We could only phone people who live close to us and got all the information from our great radio stations. One of our DJ’s had his roof collapsed but he was still working at the station even though he had personal problems.
8. Do not hesitate to ask for help. We learned that people can give you a helpful hand even in the middle of the storm. One of such situations was when our local radio station expressed some problems with their generator over the air. Within 7 minutes the National Guard came in to help.
As for me and my family and house, we’re still trying to get over it. I’m still very tired and must do fewer things now. My son-in-law has pain in his arm because he’s been sawing in their backyard for too long. My grandchildren still have bad colds, we’re shopping for food to fill in the refrigerator and slowly, more slowly than we would like, our lives will get back to normal.
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