Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hurricane Dolly

It seems we've dodged the bullet (Dolly) and are only getting a large amount of rain and high winds. Thankfully, we're all safe and sound.

It's an adventure living in this area of the country especially with CIDP. With any chronic illness, if you take medications, you have to make sure you have plenty of each prescription in case we have to evacuate. Luckily, I don't take meds, so I don't have to worry about this one. My mom does, though and we all know how picky insurance companies can be about the refill time. This can get expensive when planning to leave town in a hurry.

For those who are incapable of evacuating, they are encouraged to call 211 and register. Not sure if this is a state or federal registry, but I think it's great for people who can't manage on their own or who don't have family to care for them in an evacuation.

As for me, thankfully I had already received my shipment of Gamunex and was waiting to schedule my next infusion when news came about the hurricane. My nurse was able to squeeze in a treatment for me in the wee hours of the morning and I can't tell you how
glad I am to have my infusion over with. I certainly wouldn't have wanted to travel with the side effects of IVIG, but I wouldn't have been able to wait any longer. I was so glad we could fit it in and I gathered my hurricane supplies for my family the day prior to my treatment. For those who don't live on the coast, we need things like flashlights, batteries, nonperishable food, water, first aid kit, etc. It's really not that bad, but planning for a family of five can get expensive. The kids think it's great because our pantry is stocked with snacks and we get to watch tv (weather) all day! My family is intrigued by storms, so this is exciting for my kids.

Anyway, the brunt of the storm went way south and tonight the kids got to play outside for about an hour. I'm not sure who was more excited about them playing outside, the kids or Mom? We're still expecting more rain and high winds, but tonight there was a lull in the outer rain bands of the storm so my kids were enjoying it. Hopefully we won't have any tornadoes and this will be over with soon. I think we're gotten past the worst of what we're going to get. It's a different story farther south.

Keep those in Port Isabel and the Brownsville area in your prayers.



Libby said...

Thanks for your devotional on the chronicpain devotional today. There was a link to your site from there so just wanted to stop in. Lord bless you sister.

Kristen said...

Thank you for your sweet words! I'm glad you stopped by and hope to hear from you again soon.
With Hope,

DA Wagners said...

Life on the coast is definitely an adventure! I never knew how ill-prepared I was until there was a hurrican threat. Hopefully, I know better for next time! I'm glad you pantry is full of them yummy snacks!