Originally Posted by Duane
God bless you and the family Asthma. Hope things back to normal as soon as possible.
Thanks Duane. It's amazing. Things are far, far, far from normal... and yet you'd be amazed at how normal they feel compared to how things felt two weeks ago.
Having a shower and electricity, not to mention a dial-up account, makes things 1000% better. Seriously. I can't tell you how much of a difference those things make. A/C and a television (DVD's) makes everything seem normal instead of like a third world country.
When it's 100 degrees and you literally can't go anywhere to get out of the heat... it becomes a panicky feeling. My mother is 72 and I was honestly starting to become very worried, instead of just concerned. My kids and wife... heck my dog... were all so miserable and I was helpless to do anything about it.
Small things like mosqitoes, become big problems. Sanitation goes from a given that you don't even think about... to something that must be on the foremost of your mind and is a concern for your family. Disease and pestilence go from something you read about to something you fight to keep away from your loved ones.
Things that are a given like getting a coke, eating at a resturaunt, driving a car, taking a sick child to a doctor are suddenly and shockingly impossible.
Things you don't think about like having cigarettes or milk or asprin become important things that you have to plan out to get... if it's possible at all.
The freedom of movement that we all take for granted is suddenly yanked away to be replaced with a confinement that truly shakes your being to the core.
Everything I thought I knew was gone and as grateful as I was to have our lives... that's about all we had... and we were powerless to do anything to improve our situation. In fact, we were powerless to keep it from deteriorating.
Now though, we have power, food, water, medical care... and although were a long way from normal... we sure feel that way.