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« NEWS: Dean Clinic says diabetes patients may have been exposed to hepatitis, HIV | Main | Hurricane Irene just crashed into our vacation! »

Carolina, here we come?

First, I hope that everyone made it through Hurricane Irene unscathed. I must say that the worst that happened here was a power outage that caused us to move our insulin to a neighbor's house becasue we lost power for so many hours. I know that others had it much worse and our hearts go out to you!

This last few days have been something...

When our part of Irene reached us it was mainly a lot of rain. We spent the first few hours watching the rain and being thankful that our house is on a bit of a hill. A few hours into the storm, things went batty!

Around 11pm there was a tornado warning. So we brought everyone to the first floor and camped out on sofa cushions. I'm not sure if I overreacted or not but I took a case of water, food and Arden's D-supplies into the basement just in case we ended up down there - which we never did.

At 1:15 am Arden's blood glucose dropped sharply and unexpectedly and let's just say that she didn't wake up in the best mood to deal with a #BGnow of 44. I too was not at my best...

2 am, power lost.

I began to miss our WiFi at 2:08 am.

In the light of the morning I walked the house as everyone slept and found that we didn't have any damage, just a ton of leaves and branches in the yard. Still without power I moved the Apidra and other cold D-supplies to our neighbor's generator backed up house.

But it's the rest of the day that you're interested in...

Information was tough to come by regarding our pending vacation in the Outer Banks or as we referred to it for a while, "the exact spot the hurricane made landfall". Most of the information we were able to get wasn't good. Roads are washed out, no water or power to the island and no word if our house survived the storm. To add insult to injury, I found a current photo online of the ocean in OBX and the sky is clear and sunny.

We all handled the news differently...

Kelly cleaned the house and had a very zen response, I furiously tried to get information and was spouting hair-brained plans for how to get to the beach (which if Kelly's face is any indication, got annoying). The kids are taking it in stride but I wish we could give them a more definite answer as to what's happening next.

Sunday evening after a lot of raking, we gave up and headed to one of our favorite resturants to come to terms with the idea that we lost our money and our much needed get away.

Then we got the craziest news...

Somehow the amazing people in that beach town restored the power... and the water... and they fixed the washed out roads! All in a day... An entry time of 10am on Tuesday has been set for vacationers. There is only one thing left to find out, did our house survive?

and we'll find that out in a few hours...

Part one of this series is located here.

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Reader Comments (3)

Have a great vacation! Our kids grew up spending a week each summer at Nags Head. Always fun! Although, once we had to leave a day early, due to a hurricane...

August 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterColleen


You lasted longer than I would have!

September 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeighann of D-Mom Blog

A lot of that time was taken up looking for candles... :)

September 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterScott Benner

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