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Re: OT: words are not enough

Dear Janice

thoughts are with you, words cannot convey what this means to us all


Dian Mitterer
South Australia

-- In iris-talk@y..., "Janice L. Haney" <haney@s...> wrote:
> I'm coming out of lurk-dom with a very serious plea.  Please, 
please donate
> blood if you are able.
> I work for a medium sized medical facility in upstate NY, about 3 
1/2 hours
> directly north of the NYC disaster.  We were put on alert by 2:00pm
> yesterday to be prepared for emergency situations, including taking 
in ALC
> (Alternal Levels of Care) from the local hospitals, as they receive 
> from the city.  This is not a joke.  We are prepared to convert two 
> and our activities rooms into temporary patient facilities.
> This is the first time in my 16 years of nursing home experience 
that it has
> ever happened.  We're struggling on staffing issues to deal with 
the 356
> patients on a day to day basis.  Thankfully due to the 
professionalism and
> dedication of our staff, the nursing and aide employees have opened 
> arms and hearts for whatever may come in the next few days.  I'll 
know in a
> few hours how this will directly affect us.
> When our Director of Nursing called the Red Cross to see what we 
could do,
> their only request was BLOOD, and any available medical personal to 
> dispatched to NYC.  Within 4 hours of the attacks, there were 3 
blood drives
> in the Albany area.  Our blood drive in Saratoga will be today.
> This is a tragedy in the US unequalled in our lifetime by the sheer
> magnitude of people affected.  My life was affected when the 
Oklahoma City
> bombing occurred as I had family in & around the area.  In that 
attack we
> lost 300 people, and there was a need for blood.  This latest 
attack will
> most likely physically affect thousands, the need for blood will be 
> I need to go now, and face what today will bring... and yes, roll 
up my
> sleeves for a pint of O negative.
> Thank you.
> Jan Haney
> Zone 4, Region 2
> Saratoga Lake, NY
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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