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October 04, 2017


Kathy Lynn Emerson

Elaine--so glad to hear that you suffered relatively little damage and thank you for the reminder that recovery after a hurricane takes far longer than the next news cycle would lead people to believe.

Elaine Viets

Thanks, Kathy Lynn. While we're recovering from Irma, Maria slammed the islands and now Tropical Depression #16 is waiting in the wings. And I'm still waiting to hear from the insurance adjusters.

Art Taylor

Fine post here. So glad you're OK—and love that the bed was still made. But yes, your final point is a good one. Many were not so lucky and still need help. Thanks for writing this.

Karen Maslowski

Oh, man, what an experience. And what a relief to get through it with so little damage in comparison to some.

My cousin lives in Port St. Lucie, in her parents' old home, because it's close to the nursing home where my aunt lives. She has dementia that is far too gone for her to go anywhere, and my cousin had massive choices to make before the storm. Compounding her decision-making was trying to figure out what to do with the dog and the cat. She finally ended up just moving an hour or two away, to a friend's, also, and trusting that the care home would provide as they have. A hospital right across the street from the nursing home helped her decide.

They ended up with only tree damage, as did another friend who lives in Lauderdale. He is confined to a wheelchair, and they also decided to stay put. We're grateful they made it through, but what a mess for so many.

So, how's your heart, Elaine, after the ceiling fell on you? Yikes!


So glad you are okay and your condo is livable. I can only imagine the waiting. And waiting. I hate wind, so the entire thing sounds horrible to me, but the waiting would drive me crazy.

Elaine Viets

The waiting was driving everyone crazy, Mark. You should have seen the traffic on I-95 when we had to evacuate!

Elaine Viets

Caregivers like your cousin and your friend who uses a wheelchair have it extra tough, Karen. In a long skinny state like Florida with only three main roads out (US 1, I-95, and the Turnpike), escape options are limited. Many of us just move inland and hope the storm doesn't get us.

Elaine Viets

There are so many hurricanes this year, Art -- Houston's disaster, followed by Irma, then Maria. People want to help, but they get swamped, too.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, Elaine. Incredibly scary. Ah. SO glad you both are okay. What an ordeal for everyone involved...

Elaine Viets

The sad part is, we had an easy ordeal, Hank. Thanks for the good wishes and good luck with your new book.


Elaine, thanks for sharing this. I'm so glad you, Don, and the cats are okay, and that your condo didn't suffer too much damage. As someone who has lived most of her life with earthquakes, which give no warning, I've always thought waiting for a hurricane to hit has to be the hardest.

Elaine Viets

The waiting is hard, Kris, but I'm grateful for the warning. I grew up in tornado alley, and when (if) the sirens went off, we have five minutes to get to the basement. I was in one earthquake -- those are way scary.

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