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Louisiana's Thoughts And Musings: A Call To Aid Those In Need (9/13/08)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, September 13, 2008

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Louisiana is leaving for the Texas Gulf Coast in the morning to help with storm victims there.

I have mixed feelings now.  I want to do what's right; yet I feel pulled by the demands of my family, my job.  I want to remain here.

The local response team has gotten in contact with me, asking me to go down to the Gulf Coast region of Texas (the Galveston area), which was heavily damaged by the full brunt force of what was once Hurricane Ike when it made landfall early this morning.

The power is out in most of the city, and the effects of the former hurricane were felt as far north as Palestine, Texas, with high winds in excess of 75 miles an hour, torrential rains, and a threat of tornadoes on the storm's northeast side (the "dirty side").  There's reports of devastation and damage throughout Galveston and the surrounding area; it's going to take weeks, months, even years, to get everything back to where it once was.

There is a need for medical personnel, to help out with storm victims, casualties.

At the insistance of the disaster response team, I have no choice but to go down there to help out in any way I can.  As a nurse, I feel compelled to help those who are sick, hurting, possibly dying, give them the comfort, help, and support they can need at such a devastating time.

I went down to Biloxi, Mississippi, to help out after Katrina; compared to that, this wasn't nothing (although my mind's eye tells me differently:  after seeing all the news reports on CNN and elsewhere, I am not so sure). 

My family has been informed of my leaving.  I am sure they are upset, scared by the news.  They are sure something is going to happen to me.  I tell them that I will be okay; I will keep them in my thoughts while I'm helping out with relief efforts; I feel this is the right thing for me to do, so I must go.

I will be flying to Dallas/Fort Worth in the morning, then take a bus from there to the coast, as far down there I can get.  Once in Galveston, I will aid the sick, dying, and injured.  There's no telling how long I will actually be there, but I plan on being there at least a week or so.  It is going to be extremely difficult; with God's help, I will make it through this period in my life.

In the end, I will be helping people get over their sickness or illness or offering comfort during their last days; I also can administer the medical care they need, assist doctors with treatment protocol, and try to offer emotional support.  People going through disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes are vulnerable; they need all the help they can possibly get!

Well, I need to be at the airport by four in the morning (flight leaves at six, six fifteen), so I'm out of here.  I will write once in Galveston or when I return; I will let you know how it goes.  Just keep me in your prayers; this is giong to be a most stressful time for me and those going to help!  I would appreciate all the prayers we can get!  Thank you, and God bless!

~Love, your friend, Louie May. :(


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Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/14/2008
Blessed are the volunteers, without them so many would truly be lost.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 9/13/2008
I can understand Louie's mixed emotions, please be praying for Grandma Gracie's granddaughter, she works with the elderly in Galveston and wouldn't evacuate. as of earlier we hadn't heard anything so plz pray they are safe, she has young boys...All good kids.
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/13/2008
LOL at Regis's comment. Some just don't have it. Others do, such as Louisiana, who has a bigger heart than should be allowed. =] Always reaching out to help ... beautiful write of compassion in white. Well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/13/2008
Such a warm compassionate write Karen! Your kind and loving heart shines through in this beautifully written story!

Reviewed by Bonnie May 9/13/2008
I think God made earthly angels and nurses definately are. Beautiful giving and touching write. We all struggle with decisions that may harm us but a true hero goes while being scared. God bless her and you for this write. Love ya, Bonnie
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/13/2008
As a nurse, I feel compelled to help those who are sick, hurting, possibly dying, give them the comfort, help, and support they can need at such a devastating time.

I am always amazed at the compassion expressed by the great majority of nurses. Truly it takes a special "angelic" person to be able to help in this way. Sadly, I don't think I "fit the bill." I start to "dry heave" at the sight and smell of "doggie doo." Thank you, Karen. Amour et paix, ton ami de la C-B, Canada,


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