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!
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.........
.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,
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)
Several meds too numerous to list or remember!