Well, we seem to have dodged a bullet in that our location fell just east of the storm, thus we got very little rain and no storm damage. I followed the weather updates via Facebook by checking in on everyone’s status and also frequently visiting Hudson Valley Weather, which is a Facebook page that is hyper local to my area (and it was a huge help). I’ve never had power throughout the worst part of a storm like this and it was very scary watching and reading about what was happening in New York City while it was happening.
We are all very thankful to have escaped the worst of this storm (although there are still wind warnings in effect through this evening). We got hit pretty hard by Irene last year, which is one of the reasons I freaked out on Friday.
Speaking of freaking out, here’s a visual representation of high anxiety:
A shot of our freezer lined with water bottles. This is a good trick (Jim gets full credit) for keeping things frozen and/or cold when you lose power. Of course, now we have a freezer full of frozen water bottles.
In lieu of filling up our tub (which doesn’t hold water for any length of time), Jim filled many bins with water which we use for flushing the toilet (we don’t have running water when we don’t have power). This water can also be boiled and put through the Brita if we need to drink it, but we did stock up on bottled water (not just in the freezer – we also bought an additional 8 gallons of water). Water water everywhere…
And…a metal trashcan full of even more water….
Three cans of gas all filled up in preparation for the generator which has yet to arrive. I guess we’ll be prepared for the next one.
I stopped taking photos at this point since I really don’t want to reveal the extent of my lunacy, though I guess my secret is out. We also got D batteries for our old radio, lots of canned and dried foods, the solar charger and lamps I mentioned in Friday’s post (oh, I did take a photo of the lamps):
Can you over-prepare for the storm of the century? Apparently so..
Now back to your regularly scheduled blog…
Ana’s doing well. She’s eating well and gaining weight. She’s bored out of her mind since we can’t do our nearly daily trips to anywhere but home (e.g., the bank, Stewart’s for ice cream, the library). We had to reschedule today’s infusion of Vincristine for Friday. I know Westchester got hit harder than us and I hope that those we know in the area are okay and have not suffered any damage from the storm. I want to also note that my thoughts and well wishes are with those families at NYU Langone Medical center, particularly those whose babies had to be evacuated from the NICU and PICU due to the back up generators failing. We have spent a few nights on the 9th floor at NYU with Emily’s various surgeries and I can clearly envision the stress and terror everyone went through to move those children to safety.
Ana is scheduled for her CT scan at Sloan Kettering next Tuesday (Election Day) – she won’t get any chemotherapy that week. I hope the scan won’t be postponed due to the storm since commuting into and out of the city may be difficult for a while (understatement).
Here are a couple of pictures Ana wanted to share:
Pepper’s gazing out the window at the storm. It’s his first hurricane.
Ana’s modeling a headband I ordered for her from Hats for You – a web site that sells head coverings for chemotherapy patients. They sell very soft hats and headbands made from 100% bamboo fibers which are comfortable enough to sleep in (not too hot) and wear under thicker hats which may feel itchy or uncomfortable to people who have no hair. They come in a ton of colors, but have the unfortunate name of “chemo hat” on the web site (Ana balked at this). Still, she really likes them. The ones that arrived today came wrapped in pink tissue paper with a pink ribbon around them. She’s wearing the ribbon on her head in the picture.