Ted and I are sitting here on Mackinac Island – me attempting to put my thoughts together and write this blog, and Ted aiming the remote control – switching back and forth between the Weather Channel and a movie. Our thoughts and prayers are over a thousand miles south of Michigan, and like everyone in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, we are wondering exactly what Hurricane Irma’s final path will be. At this moment, it’s not looking too promising for Miami, and yesterday it looked as though our little neighborhood in Beverly Beach would once again be visited by a not-at-all-welcome intruder. Last year, only about two weeks later than this, Hurricane Matthew side-swiped our community. This morning Irma has shifted west, which should be a little better news for the eastern coast. But – Irma is so huge I truly believe pretty much every part of Florida is going to feel the effects – it’s just a matter of to what degree.
Yesterday, most of our neighbors were planning to evacuate, but now more are planning to hunker down and ride it out. If Ted and I were there, I’m not sure what we’d be doing – staying or leaving. But – we’re in Michigan. We did everything we could do to prepare for a hurricane before we left in July – took the boat out of the water, installed the hurricane door stabilizer to our garage door, installed water deflectors in the sliding glass doors, emptied the freezer, etc.
And so – like so many thousands of others – we wait to see what will happen.
I’ve been out and about a lot over the Labor Day weekend and the beginning of this week, and that means photos to share!
WEDNESDAYDiagnosis – severely pulled hamstring. Prognosis – good, IF he follows doctor’s orders to rest, take his meds, and stay off his bike for at least two weeks. I don’t think that will be much of a problem since he’s having to use a walker just to get from one end of the condo to the other. Bless his heart, he’s REALLY in a lot of pain.
So – I’m now in charge of all the things Ted would normally do during the day – the early morning (before coffee and practically before the sun comes up) dog walks, as well as all the other dog walks we’d split between us, the trips to Doud’s to buy groceries, COOKING the evening meals and fixing breakfast and lunch (we do our own thing for breakfast and lunch, but Ted is usually the evening meal cook) and serving him all these meals on the sofa so he can keep his leg propped up and on the heating pad.
I drew the line at going down to the Grand and lifting weights for him, even though he did try to talk me into that.
Many thanks to the Mackinac Island EMS team and the doctors, nurses, technicians and staff at the Medical Center. We are always so impressed with the level of excellence in medical care we have here on Mackinac.
- Please remember everyone in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as Irma continues her destructive path – and those in the numerous islands she’s already passed through. Praying that no other lives are lost. As Florida Governor Rick Scott said at a news conference this week, “We can rebuild your home, but we cannot rebuild your life.”
- Please pray for speedy and complete healing for Ted and for a truck-load of patience for me. Wait. Please pray for a truck-load of patience for Ted too. I/m sure we are both going to learn some good life lessons from this.
Everyone in Irma’s path – stay safe.