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Life On Another Planet

This post, from a blog I just found today, explains what life is like for anyone affected by Hurricane Katrina. Planet Katrina

"There are the psychological layers too and how we were affected psychologically can be very disparate. Some lost almost everything and still manage emotionally. Others lost a little and are devastated emotionally. Still others who think they’ve moved on really haven’t. The effect is still there, behind the scenes in the sub-conscious. It manifests itself in the 'zoning out' you catch yourself in during the day. In the inability to tolerate things that never bothered you before, the low threshold for stimulation of sight, sound, even smell. In the fitful, sleepless nights or the penchant for sleeping too much. It shows in weekends spent in pajamas – not bathing – not eating – just vegging."

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daysinger
Oct. 1st, 2006 01:07 am (UTC)
Wow.....
This so reminds me of the way we all felt here after the quake in '89. Alot of us never wanted to go out, or leave our loved ones, or take vacations. Everything seemed frivolous, we all just wanted to be together. Life altering moments are like that. You can never know how you are going to deal. Only that you have to move forward. I have a friend that lost 3 family members in Katrina. He's okay, but different. Just a little more family oriented. Altered.
silverdee
Oct. 1st, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow.....
I feel so for your friend. How could he not be altered?

Everyone was making plans-or not making plans actually-during August and September this year out of fear that they'd be caught elsewhere if another bad storm came. I was very nervous when Juannie had to schedule a work trip starting on 09/11 because I kept thinking about the potential for evacuating with the dogs by myself and he wouldn't be able to get back to us.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link, sweetie!
(Anonymous)
Oct. 1st, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
Oh! Forgot to say this is TM. :)
phoenix_anew
Oct. 1st, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Most of the time, I think I'm doing pretty well considering everything that happened. But I have to say there's some pretty accurate descriptions in there of things that I've done since that I never really did before in my life.
silverdee
Oct. 1st, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
My ability to concentrate is certainly lessened and my irritation with trivial things is definitely heightened. And my memory is for shit.
lesli
Oct. 1st, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
I hope that never ever happens again....anywhere.
silverdee
Oct. 1st, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
We can only hope that government is better prepared for future natural disasters based on what was learned after Katrina. I don't think anyone has been honest, though, about how much they screwed things up from the poor levee construction through the rescues after the levees broke.
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