- Good news: we evacuated from Ike without any issues or Rita-like traffic jams. More importantly, we managed to leave before I murdered my husband in a fit of anxiety/panic/frustration.
- Not-so-good news: Hurricane Ike’s path included the part of Texas to which we evacuated. His winds caused a substantial amount of destruction throughout the storm’s path.
Infertility Medicine Status:
- Bad news: I had to discontinue taking the Gonal-F for this cycle, because I couldn’t get in to have my blood levels and scans done. It was necessary so that I could avoid such lovely things as OHSS and/or the off-chance of becoming pregnant with my very own basketball team.
- Further bad news: That means that any of the Gonal-F I’d already taken for this cycle was completely and totally wasted, and that stuff’s expensive as hell. F and I are out several hundred dollars because the medicine is so costly.
- Good news: I had the presence of mind to take the Gonal-F with me when we evacuated because I knew that it would probably ruin in our refrigerator, since we were almost guaranteed to have our power knocked out. We took it with us to my parents’ house in Lufkin, in an ice chest.
- Shitty news: Lufkin’s power was knocked out too.
- Even shittier news: In addition to Lufkin’s electricity being out, there was no ice to be had for several days, so the medicine was not refrigerated as it needed to be… I’m sure as hell not going to inject that stuff into my body, after it being at temps as high as 87° F for more than 24 hours.
- Possibly redeeming news?: We’re going to claim the meds that were lost in the hurricane on our insurance, and hope to hell they won’t refuse to pay for it.
- Great news: Our house escaped damage, for the most part. The outside had a couple of cosmetic things messed up, but it is, as Austin Powers puts it, “sound as a pound, luv”.
- Disappointing news: There was a small hole created in our ceiling next to the fireplace, where leaks shouldn’t exist because we had the damned roof replaced, and that was supposed to fix it, but it didn’t.
- Annoying-but-okay news: The outside chimney cap was blown off of our house, and it landed in our back yard. It’ll cost about $350 to get that fixed, and that will be covered by our insurance.
- Seriously annoying news: The fireplace/chimney specialist who came to inspect the fireplace to see if the damned leak was due to the roof or the chimney and give us an estimate for the chimney repairs necessary after the storm said that the inside of the fireplace, however, is basically crumbling and is not considered safe for fires in its current condition. The cost to fix it? About $1000, which will not be covered by our insurance, since this wasn’t a result of Ike. Naturally.
- I-told-you-so news: Yes, I was right – Hurricane Ike did knock out the power here in our neighborhood.
- Frickin’ bothersome news: The power wasn’t restored at our block until September 27th, fifteen days following Ike’s visit to our neighborhood. That’s right; fifteen days without hot water… without internet(!) …and oh yeah – without air conditioning during 90-degree plus days. Fifteen days cooking on our propane grill outside while fighting overzealous mosquitoes.
- Life-saving news: While in Lufkin, F and I managed to stand in an outdoor hurricane relief line for about three hours and purchase a refurbished generator, so that we could return home and begin repairs and/or restoration of our home. This was a week after no power, and no ice in Lufkin, thankyouverymuch.
- Effing frustrating news: F and I brought the generator back home, and tried to fire it up. That’s right, you guessed it – the sonofabitch wouldn’t turn over. F and I loaded the damned thing back up into the car, and drove back to Lufkin (where my parents now had a generator too) with our tail between our legs, hoping to get it repaired in Lufkin, where 25% of the town had electricity by then. No way could we have stood the heat here in our home without fans at least, and there’s no way in hell I could’ve slept here with the windows open. I would’ve been too afraid that someone would come in and knock F and I in the head. As we were loading that generator into our car, I hadn’t seen F that disheartened in a very long time.
- Thank-God-it-wasn’t-too-terrible news: We took the generator to a repair shop that evening, and picked it up the next day for a repair cost of only $40. That gave us the ability to come back to our home again, and start trying to clean up around the house.
- News for which I was thankful: The school where I work was closed until Wednesday, September 24th, when faculty and staff had to return to get things ready for our students who returned the following day.
- It figures news: Didja notice that school started three days before I got power restored to my house? Yup – it’s great fun, having to dress and put your makeup on by flashlight, lemme tell ya.
All in all though – F and I came out of this relatively sane, still on speaking terms, and mostly intact. He marveled that he’d managed to gain weight during our power outage. It didn’t surprise me though, because all we could do was eat and play Spore on my laptop. (Frickin’ love that game, by the way.) It was too hot in the house to do anything else.
Our internet service was restored, and we were back on the grid the Monday after the power was back on at our house. The university where I am getting my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration was very considerate of its students, and allowed us to still participate in the current course. They extended the deadlines for all of our assignments, for which I am eternally grateful.
My heart definitely goes out to those whose homes and lives have been destroyed by Hurricane Ike. I attended Texas A&M University at Galveston, and enjoyed living in Galveston for several years after I graduated. It breaks my heart to see all of the damage that has been wrought upon my old stomping grounds, and to the folks who live there. There is simply so much destruction. It’s hard to wrap your mind around the devastation.