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jev
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 9/17/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! It's been a few days but I SURE AM GLAD to be talking with y'all again! First, to Chartreux and all other fellow Ike sufferers.....Godspeed on all your repairs and recovery. My prayers are with all of you!
 
To everyone here who expressed their concern and prayers for me and the other members who went through this nightmare, God bless each and every single one of you! You are all among the finest human beings I have ever met and have the honest pleasure of knowing! Your care and compassion are touching beyond belief and I have to truly say that I could FEEL all those prayers and concerns! Y'all are absolutely amazing.......the true epitomy of LADIES (and GENTLEMEN) and I am just awestruck and humbled!!!!
 
As for my current situation, I am still without power. I did not sustain any visible damage to my house (which is unbelievable when I compare it with a couple of my neighbors) but my yard looks just like a hurricane hit it! smilewinkgrin   I only lost one big tree, a pine......it split about halfway up and the split piece is leaning against another tree. We have emptied the fridge and freezer and thrown everything away but that is all easily replaceable. Many are having to repair and replace much, much more than I and many have nothing left but their clothes on their backs and their lives. Some, sadly to say......don't even have.......that......... sad shakehead .Thankfully, my wife's sister has power and they are putting up with us until ours is restored. Some of my neighbors had trees on or through their roofs but no one was hurt. One neighbor has (or rather HAD) a big radio/satellite tower/antenna anchored to his house with a wind-speed measuring instrument (I think it's called an anemometer) mounted on top of it. It and the tower gave out on the last measurement it produced of 103 mph so if any of y'all find an antenna and anemometer in your yard you know where it came from.
 
We are still awaiting the fate of the property of 3 separate relatives in Galveston. They all 3 had houses on the west end of the island in a community named Jamaica Beach. Even though the strongest "dirty side" of the storm just missed them to their east, their property was on the end not protected by the seawall so we know that the water and waves reached at least 8 - 10 feet or more in their area. Google Earth and aerial photos and videos show that the houses "appear" to still be standing but we have no idea what we're going to find until they let people back on that end of the island which is still totally up in the air. It will be a long time before the island and points east all the way to southwest Lousiana can or ever will recover. Some areas and communities no longer even exist.....it looks like the recent tsunami in Indonesia......they were swept clean with barely a sign of previous human life.
 
Thank all of you sweet, wonderful ladies (and gentlemen) again for all your prayers, compassion and concern. It had been 25 years since our last major hurricane and, as fate would have it, it just happened to be our turn again. We will have our turn again.....hopefully much later than sooner. Knowing that this wonderful family here is thinking of and supporting all of us makes the recovery so much easier to bare.
 
Love and the gentlest of hugs,
John


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John (53)
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Meggie
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 9/17/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
John,

It's great to hear from you. Everyone has been so concerned but it sounds like you faired pretty well. It's so unfortunate that so many people will have to start all over, I can't even imagine. I'm on the opposite end of the country, we get blizzards and as long as you stay indoors things are usually fine.

It's wonderful that you have family that can take you in until you have power is restored and I hope you hear good news on your 3 relatives in Galveston soon.

Prayers are headed your way for you and your family. Take care and keep us updated!

Meggie

Sherrine
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   Posted 9/18/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
John, it's good to hear from you!  I'm so glad you didn't sustain a lot of damage.  It looks like you were really blessed.  I have a frient that lives in the north east corner of Texas and Ike passed through there as only a tropical storm but it still ripped part of the roof off her barn.  Her home was fine so she is a happy camper!
 
It's great that your sister-in-law has power.  That's the one thing I think about when the hurricanes head my way.  I get very nauseous in the heat so I'm not sure what I would do. 
 
Glad  you are back with us and hopefully you'll have power really soon.
 
Sherrine
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


GamJill
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   Posted 9/18/2008 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi John-
Waiting to hear back from you and very happy you and your family are safe and sound!
I hope you can get your power returned soon and just want to tell you, I think your positive attitude about things is an inspiration to us all.
Let us know how things are going in worn, torn Texas. You remain in my thoughts and prayers! GamJill
 
 
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jev
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 168
   Posted 9/18/2008 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! Thank all of you for the warm welcome back! Yes, "blessing" was an understatement. Ironically, the loss of power was made much more bearable by a silver lining following the storm. A cold front came through after Ike left with unusually mild, pleasant weather for this time of year here. This is the nicest cool/mild snap that I can ever remember coming through this early in the season......a wonderful gift from God to help with the recovery and make things substantially more bearable for all.......lows in the 50's - 60's & highs in the low 80's - almost unheard of in this part of Texas this time of year! On a scale of 1 to 10, my inconvenience is only about a 1 compared with most others. And, I can't even begin to compare it with what poor Karen is having to go through right now.....how tragic!!!!

Gentlest of hugs,
John


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John (53)
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Dx'd June 2008 with Fibromyalgia & CFS  possibly caused by chronic Epstein-Barr virus (many years of ongoing symptoms.....recently worsening)......also, previously dx'd sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypothyroid, low testosterone, high cholesterol, heart arrythmia & headaches (all types)
 
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Several meds too numerous to list or remember!

Post Edited (jev) : 9/18/2008 8:54:19 AM (GMT-6)


Marlee2
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   Posted 9/18/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad everything is okay with you. We will keep praying for those that were not as lucky.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
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M&M lover
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/18/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi John!

I'm so happy you are doing okay.  You are truly blessed!  What a storm, I'm all the way up here in Vermont and when it passed we had awful wind damage too!  Nothing compared to you but to think I'm all the way North and it was still pounding away.

Prayers that your other relatives homes will be okay.  Take care of yourself and everyone in your area.


Irish Babe
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   Posted 9/18/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   

John, Thank God you and your family came thru ok. Having seen SOME of the damage on the news, it is amazing there wasn't more loss out there. You have been in everyone's prayers. You have such a wonderful, positive spirit, just to count your blessings and appreciate the tender mercy of a cold front. Glad you have a safe place to stay till the power is back on. You and yours will continue in my prayers till you are home, sweet home, again.

God bless.  Alice.


Southernlady
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   Posted 9/18/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
John, it's so good to hear from you and know that your okay.  I have some family that live in Louisville, Ky that are still out of electricity.  Public schools have been closed all week, but it's nothing to compare to what you've been through.
 
We've all been anxious to hear from you and know that you survived everything.  I'm glad to hear that you had minor damage.  God has surely blessed you. 
 
You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.  Hope you get power back on soon.
 
God Bless!
Shannon
Of all the things that I have lost, I miss my mind the most!!!!


Statgeek
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 9/19/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   

John, I'm glad you are ok and that your property wasnt damaged any worse.   Our prayers will go up for the rest of the people who werent so fortunate.

Sue

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