Hurricane survivors!

Here we are, safe and sound. I can’t believe we have power back already! Our subdivision has no large trees, and does have underground utilities. As soon as the power comes back to the main trunk, we are up.

I left home in the rain this morning, leaving behind no land-line phone and no power. I was heading over to the hospital on the chance that they would be discharging DH. Cell phone function was spotty at best, and I wasn’t sure he could reach me when they released him. Zachary had fared better than Baton Rouge. I saw a few big trees down, but nothing in the road. There were one or two low spots where it was best to be in the center lane, but those are the same spots to beware of in any heavy rain.

The hospital staff deserves all commendations for carrying on in style under extreme conditions. They were functioning under generator power, which means lights in the halls, not in the rooms, and an emergency outlet in each room to run essential medical equipment. DH’s nurse had her scrubs cuffed up to her knees to cope with the heat – kinda cute, when paired with her hair in a ponytail. She had to hand write the discharge instructions to allow him to leave. That’s another extra mile!

Both DH’s primary MD and his surgeon agreed he was well enough to come home, but the big problem was getting a pain prescription filled. No pharmacy was open, no power was up in the town. Just when it looked like he would be stuck in the hospital for another 24 hours, the hospital lost its generator power. (Updated to add that this hospital has been evacuated now to Oschner, West Bank – that’s down near New Orleans, about 2 hours’ drive in normal conditions. So glad I got DH home!) That upped the ante to get him home. Primary MD called around and worked his magic, getting the pharmacy beside the hospital to somehow open up. We were told the door would be locked, and the closed sign would be up, but knock, and say Dr. G sent us! It worked!

Travel home was almost impossible. It had been raining heavily for the two and a half hours I was at the hospital. Little puddles became impassible lanes. We were encouraged when, far ahead of us (toward home) we saw a stoplight on. Power!!! But there was street flooding to negotiate yet. We drove past our church, and saw the parking lot under water, and the flood up the front steps, to within 6″ of the church hall. Yipes! The most direct route home was under water, so we went around several more blocks. We did have to drive through deep water just a half a lot from home. A street comes a bit downhill and comes to a T intersection between our home and the home next door. The water roars down that street and makes a turn to the left, as we also needed to. I held my breath and eased through and up into our courtyard. Home safe! I wouldn’t have dared to cross that water if I hadn’t watched it come up in that pattern before, and knew what it was. Even then, it was at the maximum that our car could manage.

There was a human interest story here yesterday. Diane Deaton, the weather anchor for WAFB, was broadcasting from the emergency operation center. Word was received that the windows of her car had been blown out by the storm (parked back at the TV station). She was very concerned because her Bible was on the front seat. Not only did she cherish it, but it had many study notes written in. Diane really hated to loose that! When her 12 hour shift was over she came back to find the windows indeed blown out of her car, and the front seat soaked…but her Bible was completely dry! What a miracle!

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5 Comments

  1. margene said,

    September 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    It’s so nice to hear you are home and safe!

  2. Linda said,

    September 2, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Glad to hear you’re all okay and Hubby is back home!

  3. Jennifer said,

    September 3, 2008 at 4:55 am

    So glad everyone is safe and sound. What a miraculous story.

  4. Knitnana said,

    September 3, 2008 at 8:58 am

    amazing stories….so glad you are both safe and sound!
    (((hugs)))

  5. AlisonH said,

    September 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Wow on all counts. Glad you made it safely.


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