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Good news, though we're not done yet

I've just spoken with a woman in charge of residents of Maison Hospitaliere, a senior assisted living facility near Uncle Al's home. She tells me that she's able to confirm that he did leave the city with them. However, they do not know where he got to and he is not with them now. My relief is palpable. He got out of the city. That is sooooo important. He was alive and well enough to leave the group he was with under his own steam. Survival instincts are strong in this branch of the family.

Now it's a matter of waiting until he lands somewhere and can make contact. Our communication chain with his son in CA is sketchy at best, and it make take several days before we really know his story. Rest assured, he will have a Story to tell. That's what he is, really: a storyteller.

I am off to collapse now, with more prayers for the folks still under seige in the flooded and destroyed areas of LA, MS and AL. I'll be back at it, though, this afternoon.

A final thought:

Without the internet, I would still be in the dark. Without the internet, we would not know where GaGa is or that uncle Al got out. Without the internet, we would not have known how to contact people who could actually assist in the rescue of our families.

You guys are the saving grace in this disater, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. If you're feeling helpless, and good with the googling and problem solving, head over to a message board where people are posting about missing loved ones (www.nola.com/forums/townhall or forums.sunherald.com/kr-biloxkatrina/start) -- help them research whereabouts and get in touch with rescue crews, notice multiple people looking for information in similar geographic areas and connect them together. Find out what people in specific areas need and work to get it to them. There's an overwhelming amount of work out there -- find a spot, settle in, and do what you do best: connect the dots.


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Sep. 4th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
Oh Chris, I'm so glad for some good news aboout Uncle Al. He's been constantly in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you're able to make contact soon.

And your take care of yourself, too. I can only begin to imagine how exhausting this past few days has been for you.
Sep. 4th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
[hugs hugs]
Sep. 4th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
Such wonderful, wonderful news! And on the heels of the clearing of the Dome and the continuation of house-to-house rescue efforts!

I feel better about so many things. And of course, getting a phone call from the husband today helped. I could actually tell him some of the things that were making me crazy and answer so many of his questions. Until today, when Jeffrey got him to the Times website, he had no idea how bad it was. I could help him with a lot of the blanks and share a little of my sense of relief at long last.

Prayers are still going on, because there are so many people who must now find places to rest. Too many of them are still in limbo, moved from one Dome to another, albeit a Dome with medical supplies, food and water. And diapers! This is one of those odd things that seem so small when talking survival, but still... so, so important.

So... more prayers... and money where it can do good. The Red Cross was so good to Alex and I when the apartment burned. It's the first place I thought of and to me, the one who has the appropriate systems in place.

Love you and so happy for you, even if we still don't quite know where Uncle Al is. Give Mike my love,

Sep. 4th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
Sleep well, dear lady.
Sep. 4th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
Still keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you hear from your Uncle Al soon. *hugs*
Sep. 4th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
Wonderful news:)

(((Hugs))) you hard and tucks you up with a good cuppa.
Sep. 4th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you've gotten this news, and that now anxiety can give way to impatience, which is much easier on the nerves.
Sep. 4th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
Worlds and worlds easier. I'm still feeling very, very driven to do what I can to help folks. Monetary donations were easy, and probably not over, but there is soooo much more to be done. I wasn't understating the case that New Orleans is the home of my heart -- husband and I both go back three and four times a year, went to school there, planned to send our kids there, and hope to live there someday, too. We will do all we can to help in the recovery and rebuild process, but that's a long, long haul project.

I do, however, need to rest up a little bit. The summer of 2005 has been very hard on me and mine, and my reserves are low.
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