Harvey... Then Irma
Exactly 2 weeks ago, Don and I left our home under a mandatory evacuation.
Hurricane Harvey was over, but our community was in danger of flooding due to the rising river nearby.
During those stressful days, we heard from far away friends and family, who worried over scenes they saw on national news. Now we're the ones concerned about those we know in distant states, threatened by Irma.
The Brazos didn't end up flooding our home, but so many in Texas suffered huge storm damage. They continue to need help, but attention has shifted. Now we're worried about those we know in the path of Hurricane Irma.
This morning, I ran my usual route on Homeward Way. It was dry and clear, making it hard to remember the eerie sight of the flooded car and kayaks.
I'm already forgetting how it felt 12 days ago, when we hiked back to check on the house. We were still on edge, waiting for the river to crest... anxious as we visualized homes flooding. For many in Texas and Florida, it will be a long time until there can be any forgetting.
It seems like we Texans should have advice for Florida. I feel like I should at least have some tips, for those very friends in the southeast who recently checked in on me!
A week before Harvey I heard from 2 friends who asked for a different kind of advice. Each had a friend, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. When questioned, I realized I that I have never taken time to sort out my thoughts about my cancer experience, to help with others. Now I need to stop and think about what I learned with Harvey... before I move on.
There's so much we learned those days before and after the storms. Storm prep, evacuation, flood insurance and even volunteering...
But I'll have to organize those thoughts, later. For now, I'll throw some photos on this post, so I can come back to this and recall.
These aren't scary photos like they show on the news, but they are good reminders. I'm reminded of the stress and worry about all the what ifs. And I'm reminded of how lucky we were.
We were lucky with Harvey. This was our third hurricane scare in 12 years. This was our first evacuation and I need to do my work and make notes to be better prepared if this ever happens again. Like cancer, you hope it's a one time deal. But I might as well figure out what I've learned from both experiences, so I can better help others.
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast CANCER and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. This time it was the invasion of COVID and it affected every person. I ranted for a year, until I got my COVID vaccine in March 2021.
CORONARY Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was my hubby Don, who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!
Navigating This Mess!
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