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Re: storm....at last
  • Subject: Re: storm....at last
  • From: Theresa G <tchessie@gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:35:01 -0800

So good to hear that you are OK and improving.  That sounds very scary and
exhausting indeed.  I hope you are able to relax and recover for the next

In the Central Valley, CA where it is finally acting like Fall, and raining.

On Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 7:40 AM, <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:

> Finally, after eight days without power and nearly three weeks without
> cable connection
> we seem to be back to running properly.  What a nightmare it has been.  We
> did not
> suffer nearly as much as some people, because we had a small generator that
> gave us
> water (we're on a well), heat and refrigeration, but no lights.  The
> problem there was the
> shortage of gas.  First of all, we were trapped on our private road for
> four days by a
> downed power pole.  ConEdison told us that if we cut their pole we would
> have to pay
> for it, about $850.00.  After we could get off the hill, kind neighbors
> brought us gas.
> They had gone to Connecticut to see about a daughter in school there, so
> brought
> us enough to get through if I rationed it very carefully - keeping the
> generator running
> just long enough to cool the refrigerator enough to keep food from
> spoiling.  That meant
> turning it on and off every few hours.  But when power came back it was
> such a
> disappointment to not have access to email, television, or my telephone.
> We could
> use Chet's land line, and people could call us, but the upstairs phone was
> not in a
> convenient place.  After many hours of telephoning we finally got a
> technician who
> came and saw the cable still lying on the ground and said he could do
> nothing until
> the "crew" could get there.  Then more days of waiting and telephoning, and
> we saw
> Optonline trucks putting the cable back up.  Still nothing.  Then a
> neighbot said that
> they had cable access - why didn't we?  Still more frustrating telephoning
> until last
> evening after dark someone came and got us back working again.  Whew!  We
> have
> already arranged to change our supplier to Verizon, but they can't do it
> until next
> month some time.
> In the meantime, Sunday night Chet fell and hit his head on the wall.  He
> didn't tell
> me he had fallen, but when he tried to get up the next morning, he could
> barely stand,
> and was very nauseated.  It took some talking to get him to agree to see a
> doctor- he's
> a very stubborn old man.  Finally we got an appointment for that afternoon,
> and a very
> kind friend offered to help me get him into the car and to drive us.  Thank
> goodness for
> that, because I just don't drive after dark, and we didn't get back until
> nearly  10:00 PM.
> the cardiologist who we first saw took tests and found that Chet was in
> Atrial Fibrilation,
> which isn't serious, and he has had for a long time.  But since he had hit
> his head, and
> is on coumadin, they insisted that he must have a CTscan at the emergency
> room.
> This of course took hours.  Every other test there was normal, including
> the fact that
> he was no longer in A-Fib.  The final diagnosis was mild concussion.  He
> has been
> weak and wobbly all this week, but seems a bit stronger each day.  He is
> getting
> around without his walker this morning, so things seem to be getting better
> - especailly
> since I now have email.
> I am reading all the Garden Chat posts with pleasure.  I have missed the
> activity on
> this list.  I do have a Facebook account, but don't use it.  Somehow it
> just annoys me.
> I have always felt very close to this group.  Not ony do we share major
> interests, we
> seem to share the same values.  I hope one outcome of this storm is that we
> will keep
> closer touch.
> Auralie
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