Blanket statement

November 2, 2012 at 10:46 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

It was the dress rehearsal for this, really.

In 1983 I was doing a short internship writing for my college paper.  I was doing this during a non-standard time between Thanksgiving and Christmas when most other students were gone.

Well, some bright person whose job it was to manage the heat source in my rambling century old dorm (steam heat) simply turned off the heat after fall quarter finals, not remembering that there were a group of us studying.  Although we still had power, there was suddenly no heat.  In Ohio.  In early December.

When I went in to the shower room each morning, I could see my breath.  I would have been frozen out, except for the blankets.

I can’t take credit for the giant stack of quilts and blankets in the lowest drawer of  a dorm room dresser.  My usual roommate was home that term, but, blessedly, she had left this stack of quilts behind.  It felt like I used all of them when I slept.  I think I did.

It’s a really weird feeling to realize that you have continued to shiver all night while sleeping.

Well, its fall, not winter.  I’m in Ohio again.  Much less mobile, physically able to handle these things.  The edge of Sandy mixed with local lake effect brewing meant that parts of the suburb where I live now lost power and heat on Monday and did not get it back until last night.

But I didn’t want to leave.   The accessible shower…and bathroom, and low bed meant more than light and heat.

It’s troubling that such a vulnerable population as the tenants here had no generator, no auxiliary source of power…unlike an assisted living place five minutes away (their generator eventually malfunctioned, leaving them in the same pickle. ) Two main streets in town had power poles, as well as trees strewn across the streets.  Our wind was only fifteen miles per hour less than the speed on the East Coast on Monday night.

To be fair…the staff did much more checking and follow up this year than during a similar outage in 2011.  They checked on us often, volunteers came with food…

I am planning on writing a missive to town leadership that if the power grid doesn’t allow for “prioritizing” our sort of building, it bloody well should.   In addition, perhaps some cost sharing between tenants, and management and government resources could be worked out so that individuals could have generators, or the building could.

stayed here on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday…I reasoned, I couldn’t see my breath yet and had enough blankets, so…I should suck it up.  But I did experience the nightlong shivers again…

And I managed to get through the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy, reading by the window during daylight…in two days.

By Wednesday Night my home health aide was making noises that I *had* to leave, so I spent time at my parents’ home until power was restored.

And all of that is nothing compared to what this guy is going through in NYC. It’s not referenced in the blog, but he’s been hit by bureaucratic and power issues trying to make sure his vent is powered up.

My thoughts have been, and continue to be with all persons with disabilities placed at risk by Sandy….

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