Saturday, December 15, 2007

Thawing...

Well, I am trying to think of some witty way to write about our recent events. Okay, maybe not witty, how about just informative.... I can't seem to wrap my mind around everything! LOL Here are the details:
  • Monday morning at 2am we lost power
  • We left our home on Monday about 10am to find electricity and heat
  • We headed to Michael's mom (who had electricity)
  • Once we were on the road, she called and said hers had gone out too
  • Hotels were going fast. We could not find two adjacent rooms anywhere in Tulsa or Broken Arrow (we needed two rooms so Kaedy and her nurse could be in one, esp overnight) Could only find one hotel that had two rooms AT ALL and they were smoking rooms.
  • We decided to look for a generator
  • Generators sold out (closest ones in Arkansas)
  • We went to mother in law's to decide what to do
  • We ended up staying there. We had lots of oxygen for Kaedra and we could turn on her gas fireplace now and then to heat up her house (we just had to put Kaedra in another room with her oxygen)
  • A friend found us a generator to borrow, now we could use Kaedra's equipment.
  • One of our nurses, Tonja, had no electricity so she has been staying with us since Monday as well.
  • Wednesday night my mother in law got power back, right before we went to church.
  • Late Wednesday night, our electricity at home was restored.
  • We came home Thursday morning.
Okay, that's the timeline.

Here are the little details to fill in:
In case you didn't know, Oklahoma had a severe ice storm.




It is very unusual for the Tulsa area to get the brunt of any weather, but this time we did, especially in Broken Arrow. There are were so many big, beautiful trees here. They got loaded down with ice and couldn't hold the weight. It was so eery being out outside on Monday/Tuesday. You would hear creaks and cracks and then crashes of limbs falling. Limbs were everywhere.


I was afraid for anyone to go outside without someone watching them from a window. We used the "buddy system" all day on Monday. A limb fell aobut 1 foot behind my nurse's car 10 minutes after she parked. A limb fell 3 yards in front of Brittany and I while we were driving. Here is what part of our street looked like one of the times we came home to check on our house:





I don't know if you can tell but we had to weave up and down through people's yards to be able to get home. It was an adventure. :-)

Almost ALL of Broken Arrow lost electricity, including stores, restaurants, etc. The falling limbs had taken out so many of the electric lines. There was hardly anyplace to go to find food, batteries, candles, etc. It was really a disaster. As of right now 73,000 people in the Tulsa area still don't have electricity, 197-thousand statewide. Our nurse Tonja and our friends, the Grahams, and Annie are some people we know personally that still don't have power. Please pray for them! (Sherria's family finally got it last night)

We have been looking at our blessings during this....here are some of them:
  • Our insurance is covering most of our loss of food in refrigerator and outside freezer.
  • We had a little bit of damage to our house (our gutters) and our fences so insurance is going to cover tree removal for us. (Without damage, insurance will not cover removal)

  • Our trees are now pruned. ;-)
  • Our frig is now completely clean (haven't worked on outside freezer at all, yet) and who knows when I would have taken EVERYTHING out of my frig to clean it. ;-)
  • Friends lent us a generator
  • People at church offered us a place to stay (their power went out about an hour later, but it was the thought that counts!) Our church also became a shelter to members w/o electricity.
  • We didn't have to take Kaedra to the hospital! WOOHOO! (that was our last option, if we couldn't find any electricity)
  • We had money in the bank to cover the extra expenses of eating out, extra clothing and supplies, etc.
  • There are many more...but I need to go take care of my house and home. We are still trying to get everything back to normal! Hopefully we will be there by Monday.
Oh...and by the way...it's snowing now!!! (this might be the first time EVER I have not been excited about a snow)

7 comments:

ThoughtfulMom said...

I'm thrilled you got Kaedy taken care of without taking her to the hospital. My peds and PICU friends said that it was a zoo up there.

We got our power back yesterday - and we spent the week at my very generous MIL's house.

Hey - Would you tell me more about your homeschool group? I'm thinking about joining one.

Kim B. said...

You summed it all up so well. We were without power from Monday around 4:45-Thursday around 7 pm. It seemed like at least a week instead. We got a generator after the first cold night. Did your hubby tell you we visited him at work? My husband spent around 5 hours where he works getting a generator so that was interesting. We are really glad to have it now and feel much more prepared for any other power outages. :-)

Penless Thoughts said...

Wondered how your faired!!! We were only out of power for 7 1/2 hours the first day. All our kids lost power. We had Marc and the 2 grandkids with us until Saturday. It was actually fun.

Our church was opened up as one of the Red Cross sights and had cots and food. So happy we could and did reach out to this community. The first "visitor" was a man on oxygen who needed power.

Merry Christmas!!
Susan

ComfyDenim said...

I was thinking of you and knowing there wasn't much we could do to help.
I'm glad that you found refuge with much warmth. :-)

NeeCee said...

I was so worried about you. When we fled our "war torn" home, I didn't grab my phone list so I didn't have your number. I had Melanie call to check up on you. I was praying for you.

Nine days after the storm, we have power back on today!!!!

Mercy said...

I had no idea you were in that storm! I have been praying for other bloggers that I knew were. Thankfully you are all safe!

And HOME!

(and blogging even, LOL)

Glad to hear you & your family are doing well.

Corrie said...

I'm so glad you're all okay and that you now have a clean fridge - way to look on the bright side :)