diabetic and hurting from tornado disaster

By birch21 Latest Reply 2011-05-10 22:39:26 -0500
Started 2011-05-05 22:59:31 -0500

Dear friends here at Diabetic Connect I ask that all of you please remember those in Alabama that have lost everything when the tornadoes came tearing through on Wed. April 27. I am sure that there are diabetics out there who have no idea where they are going to get any medication that they need and are afraid that they will have some very serious health problems if they don't get medication or food and drink. Yes there are still some locations that have yet to be reached and people are still not accounted for. I just ask that each of you please say a prayer for those who are hurting so deeply here in Alabama.

29 replies

MewElla 2011-05-07 17:36:25 -0500 Report

I truly appreciate your reminder that so many have lost so much…and we should keep them in our daily prayers…thanks, birch..

birch21 2011-05-07 20:18:34 -0500 Report

Your welcome and I know that from what I saw and did today was not an awful lot but it was and will be greatly appreciated. You know today I was able to see just how powerful wind can be. The team I was with was at a house and if you looked at the what was left of the back porch there was a traffic light laying on what was the roof of the porch. It just made me appreciate the awesomeness of God our creator that out of devasation people can still smile and be thankful when someone comes up and just start clearing debri or serving food. Thanks again and please keep praying as these people still need all the prayer support and other kinds of support as well.

GabbyPA 2011-05-10 09:38:05 -0500 Report

Thank you for all the hard work you are doing. There is nothing like being there to be a part of what is happening. The first time I did that kind of outreach was during and after hurricane Andrew. That seemed so bad then, now it seems like almost nothing. But that certainly will open your eyes to the power of nature and the endurance of people.

birch21 2011-05-10 22:39:26 -0500 Report

It sure does. No matter what the people affected by these storms are seeing life differently and so are the people who are volunteering to go and help with what ever they can whether it be debri clean-up or distributing of food and clothing. People here in Alabama will just jump right in and help out a neighbor no matter where that neighbor happens to be. Thanks to one and all for the thoughts and prayers.

birch21 2011-05-06 22:50:21 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for the many thoughts and prayers. I know and we are finding out just how much others care and the show of support that is abundant now. We can have our rivalaries but when tragedy strikes we can come together as one and show our love for God and for each other by jumping in with support through prayers, hard work, food, clothing, supplies and so many other things and thanks again for the prayers. I continue to pray as do so many others. God is still working. Take care and have a blessed night one and all.

jeffrey9127 2011-05-07 06:52:31 -0500 Report

Thank you for keeping this in the minds of everyone here at DC. It is easy when a tragedy occurs to think and pray for those who are suffering, but unfortunately life steps in, and takes us away from thinking about, and praying for those in need, who need our continuous prayers.

birch21 2011-05-07 17:20:12 -0500 Report

You are more than welcome. Just today I went and helped with debri cleanup with other members of my church. It is unreal the devasation you see in one place and then just 500 ft down the rode there would be no damage what soever. If a person has not done anything to help then they can never imagine the way the things were or how much the victims appreciate the helping hands. Today I saw devasation that will remain with me for a very long time to come. Please continue to pray for all the people who are still without power, places to live, and just basic necessities. Take care all of you who are here at DC and thanks for all the many thoughts and prayers that have been sent upward for these people.

Nonna2Three 2011-05-06 15:33:07 -0500 Report

I live close to two of the areas that took hard hits from the tornadoes. And I am proud to say that there has been a great show of humanity resulting from this disaster.

One thing I have been very pleased to see are the posts on the support pages regarding supplies for diabetics being provided by a couple of agencies as well as a contact listed for the local ADA contact to be sure any affected diabetics do not go without some resource for testing & medicine. Here is what one post said:
"American Diabetes Association says call them if you hear of anyone in need of supplies, they will deliver free 205.870.5172 also Tuscaloosa Internal Medicine, 8th floor DCH medical tower, is providing diabetic supplies & meds for storm victims."

I have also read posts where groups state what they need and included in some lists were "Sugar-Free snacks for Diabetics". Made me happy :)

There are several facebook pages I have been following regarding the disaster. Here is a link to a news networks page: http://www.facebook.com/myfoxal

Another one I found especially heartwarming is a page dedicated to collecting prom dresses for kids who may have lost their prom dress to the storm or who may not have resources left after all the turmoil their families have just gone through. In fact, that group has had so much response that I saw where they said they had to stop accepting donations for a time: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prom-Dresses-fo...

And I love the page for animals lost & found. Sometimes we tend to forget that the animals were affected too: http://www.facebook.com/ALTornadoAnimals

There are several, here are just a few more:



And, here is a wonderful tidbit. Our state made national news not long ago when it was discovered that some lame-brain poisoned oak trees in Auburn out of his bitter hatred and ignorance. He took the Alabama - Auburn rivalry a bit too far. You see, in Auburn there is an intersection, Toomers Corner, that has these great and wonderful old oak trees. These trees get covered in toilet paper whenever Auburn University has a victory. After the discovery of the poisoning a group of Alabama fans got together to form a group to collect money to help save or replace the 135 year old oak trees. ( http://www.facebook.com/TideforToomers?sk=wall ).

Well, after the tornadoes hit Tuscaloosa so hard a new group was formed, appropriately named Toomers for Tuscaloosa, to help collect & distribute help to the tornado victims/ ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toomers-for-Tus...)

You know, so many times there is a lot of negativity regarding Alabama, but all in all we are a good stateeep down. :)

tabby9146 2011-05-06 14:13:26 -0500 Report

Thank you for posting this. I am so sad for all of the tornado victims, and this is my home state, however, they did not touch down anywhere near me. I have quite a few friends in B'ham, Huntsville, and some small towns nearby that could have been hit, but weren't, so I am very thankful that my friends are okay. I wish I could travel there (a few hours drive from here) and help out. I have gone out and bought some things and donated them last week. I am also helping through an organization by making a donation. It will take such a long long time for these people to even feel like things are normal again. We have been through many hurricanes where I am and I know what that is like. We had Katrina and had some water in our house, though not several feet , like many in my town, and many in my town lost everything in Katrina. We know what it is like to go without power for a week or more too. Many many good people from North AL., came to help many times here, and many from my area have gone up there to help cook, donate items, and do whatever they can.

cavie2 2011-05-06 11:10:56 -0500 Report

I too thought I had lost friends in the mile wide tornado that struck Tuscaloosa but after 4 days I got word late Sunday night they were safe and well I have profiles on Bearshare and Imesh and both have remembrance and prayers for those lives lost and the families left behind, and all those who have been made homeless. Tuscaloosa will rebuild itself and yes it will take a few years but they will get there with God's help. I still pray for them all every day. May God bless them all. lol

tabby9146 2011-05-06 14:13:56 -0500 Report

I have quite a few friends in that area too, glad your friends were alright.

cavie2 2011-05-06 14:36:53 -0500 Report

There is a site:www.facebook.com missing or unreachable after april 27 2011 tornadoes. For anyone still worried about family/friends they can post a request for info. So many states were affected, between hurricanes, fires, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes you all certainly have adverse weather conditions. In the UK we count ourselves lucky we only have a couple of "mild" tornadoes a year or some flooding occasionally.

clj01 2011-05-06 09:54:30 -0500 Report

We need to continue to pray for those in need no matter where. Recently it has been the tornados in Alabama. We need to remember our fellow diabetics in the mid-west who are dealing with floods. We will soon be in hurricane season and in other parts of the country fire season. With each new disaster there are many with diabetes who will deal with the uncertainties. We need to help in whatever way we can, and often it begins with nothing more than a prayer and grows from there. May God be with all those affected by the recent tornados.

GabbyPA 2011-05-06 09:54:11 -0500 Report

The scenes were horrific and as news always does, they move on and often forget to tell the stories of the aftermath. Our hearts are with those who lost everything in those storms and also for those who have been flooded out of house and home as well.

We need to take this time to get our emergency kits in order and make sure they are something that we are able to grab at a moments notice. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/522-diabetics-urged-to-have-kits-ready-for-severe-weather-in-state

northerngal 2011-05-06 15:12:19 -0500 Report

Absolutely right. Everyone needs to keep necessities close by and ready to fly. When a tornado or flood is upon you, you won't have time to think and gather those items. You'll also much more likely be thinking of more immediate problems. They say to keep 5-7 days of medications and supplies handy. I would suggest in water proof containers that can be grabbed in a second without extra thought. Keep snacks included to get you through for a day or two also. Emergency centers don't get set up and functioning immediately. Here's hoping all who survived are doing well and getting the help they need.

GabbyPA 2011-05-07 05:32:57 -0500 Report

I have a back pack set up for each member of the family plus the dog. In it are many things, but you always need to check it and refresh it. We keep our bags where we can just grab them and toss them into the car if we need to.

birch21 2011-05-07 05:40:34 -0500 Report

That is a terrific idea, thanks for sharing. Have never thought about fixing an emergencey kit for the dog or other type of pet. Happy Mother's Day and I hope you have a great weekend.

kimod1013 2011-05-06 08:54:15 -0500 Report

Absolutely! Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone and their families for all their needs. It is a terrible situation. Thanks for your post!

dietcherry 2011-05-05 23:58:31 -0500 Report

Ive been praying for them birch! I remember well all the victims of Katrina who went without meds-I cant imagine being without my medicine and no way to get to any! Hoping things are better this time around!

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