FIRE!!! Now what??!!

Pat Roth
By Pat Roth Latest Reply 2009-07-17 12:49:04 -0500
Started 2009-07-08 23:28:07 -0500

Hi, all, I have so missed my new family today as our electricity has been off, TV and computer kapoot too! Today as been almost overwhelming as our small town has lost 9 businesses downtown, and the worst one was our Wellness Center!!

We were fianlly able to get down town, the main fires were finally out, the TV camera trucks were there, the bedraggled firmen in the streets, police, sherrifs from various towns—-large canister of water and towels—looked like new ones from some of our local stores! Three of our firemen were taken to our local hospital, one is being kept over night, with heat exhaustion—
A trash truck backed over a gas meter and EXPLODED! The young man that was in and out of the passengers side, was burned terribly, the blast lifted the concrete in the alley behind our main street businesses, dropping the truck in a large hole,and the black smoke rolled for hours. The aging truck driver jumped out and pulled the younger man out of the hole of flames, had broken ribs and a punctured lung, was rushed to our local hosp. (where I used to work so I can immagine the chaos!) then air lifted to Wichita, where he has been repaired and will be OK.

My EMOTIONS were running high! I was sympathizing with the little old ladies that came down there 3 days a week, and exercised and socialized, (just theis morning!)as they would lose their spouses, or such, just aging, we had so much fun and lots in common!

Well, you know me by now, I am afraid—I was so concerned over those little old women, I knew that I would be OK, as I have exercised there until I am in better shape than some. Two calloused women (to me) commented "Oh, it will turn out OK< we need to re-do down town anyway!" Well, some of our buildings were over 100 years old and had been painted and fixed up, one business, a shoe and suit store, the owners were preparing to retire! But not like this! They were also devastated.

Now I can understand everyone's grief—-better to acknowledge it NOW than bottle it up and have it explode later on!

Well, these 2 women kept going on, "You had better adjust quickly in this day and age, or—" I flung out, OH< PRUNES! Shouldn't we show some compassion and understanding for these poor folks, they have lost their livelyhood, their place of comfort in exercising and visiting—I finally strongly stated

So now I am really STRESSED, wanting to eat every chocolate thing in site—-our exercise place is gone and once more, I am on my own, as are others! So about the time I get my BS under control—-here we go again—-I am a strongly emotional person, and for the life of me I cannot understand why so many others are so callous and selfish!!!!

Tomorrow we go down town and view what is left of our main street—at least it just took out one side of the middle block, try to cope more quietly and serenly—-you may have gathered that is really NOT my cup of TEA! I care TOO much for others—some at least! I need to check my BS before I go to bed, but am really not in the mood, but guess I had better get there! Right???! hugs to all! Pat Roth


37 replies

shul71
shul71 2009-07-17 00:16:21 -0500 Report

Boy can I relate to this. We had two wildfires that destroyed many homes and many other mandatory evacuations. The first was after my youngest was only a week old and was a 34 week preemie to boot. The most recent was in 2007 which was actually 5 different fires that turned into one big mess. There are still people rebuilding from that. It is most definitely a very emotional time. Know that we are thinking of you from here in Southern California (Where wildfires are more the norm than not) Malibu up north had one a month or two ago as well, and we are coming into wildfire season here as well. I know it is easier said than done but stay true to yourself, make sure you are practicing adequate self care, and most importantly stay safe. Hugs and prayers from our family to yours.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-17 09:46:48 -0500 Report

Oh, thank you so much!! I watch on TV the numerous fires they have out there, the homes that go up in smoke! How tragic! Know that all of us back here think and pray for you folks too!! I noticed that there is still that acrid, charred smell in town—all over—-just permeates everything it seems. They still haven't started a clean up so imagine the smell will leave then. I BET YOU have such smoke and smell in your area too! I will try and stay true to myself, and YOU TOO!! What trauma with a new little preemie! God Bless! PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-17 12:49:04 -0500 Report

I can't get the above link to work from here, this computer is a tad more complicated than I can handle—-maybe if you throw in some more digits or such, it will "turn blue" and work. See how much I know? ha—But on my e-mail site, it works, except the password throws me and all I can see are 2 pics—oh well, I can run down to the drugstore for my copies. Take care ALL! PR

BeckyJ
BeckyJ 2009-07-16 22:24:50 -0500 Report

Pat, I've been offline for the last couple of days while I tried to fix the computer. My 15yr old nephew was out and "accidentaly" downloaded a couple of viruses and 2 Trojans. So glad to hear that you all are doin better. As far as the rebuilding process went for our town of Towanda here are a couple of the fundraisers we held. The first was the most successful. Every year we have a "Running Water Festival" similar to the riverfest. This goes back many years and includes a block party and 3 days of city wide garage sales. During this time you do not need a permit to have a sale. That year 50% of all garage sale profits went to city hall. Then we also had the Lions club sponser a pancake feed as well as several car washes. Along with donations from the local business and some former town council members we were able to rebuild the community center as well as expand the city park by the library. The first step is to get your town council, mayor and local businesses involved. Many get tax deductions for charity. It's a start and really gets everyone involved. Small town ethics at their best!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-16 22:46:46 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your suggestions and support! Our town photographer took pics of the blaze and firemen, and is now selling them online. I will get the e-mail address just in case some would like to order one. The proceeds will go to our firmen, the Stitt boy, (who is walking and now home—)and future plans for rebuilding! I know most of the folks involved in running our town so will suggest these things to help! Thanks so Much!!

anthonyfirefund.lifepics.com

is the link——-Bless you, your nephew and your trusty computer! ha—PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-13 19:04:59 -0500 Report

I realize that the smoke is settling on the timing of this discussion, but I wanted to add, that NOW heads, prayers and attitudes are rising up from the ashes! We knew that they would, in due time!!

The young man was able to walk for the first time yesterday, still in a Wichita hospital, Our Wellness Center manager (about 45) still has a job, as do the others, as they are discussing WHERE to move it, temporarily! The Videomax was not burned as badly as they had thought, the owner wrote a sign on his present front glass, "We will be back and re-open, better than before!" I am not sure of the Training center but am sure they will find a way, and the Mercantile store, while SAD, they were planning to retire shortly. Their one wish had been that someone would carry their over 100 yr old name, on—but God saw differently!

And I am doing great, have adjusted with time and SUPPORT from you folks—-and my BS is dpomg GREAT, and I am remembering to accept the fact that I have a problem and am taking my Metformin as prescribed, and at Tops tonight, I lost 1.6 pounds!! Bit by bit, I am chipping away to a more desirable weight, something I have not been able to do for 40 years! I used to weigh 140 for years, then started working in public (a clue??) and shot up to 240! So I can not deny that I had an emotional eating problem!! I am now down to 210 pound, with only 60 to go! Yeah- a first in YEARS!!! So, I would say that life is looking up, wouldn't you?? Best Wishes to ALL, PAT ROTH

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-14 09:31:20 -0500 Report

So great with THE ABOVE numbers, THEN I took my BS 151, so went to bed. This morning I remembered that I had drunk a cup of International Sugar free coffee, BUT guess it must have other goodies in it, tried an ice cream bar—a few choc chip cookies that the neighbor kids baked and brought to us—so slipped up. This morn—fasting was 110, not bad—they usually run a bit higher in the morn—very seldom under a 100. This just proves to me, after 1 1/2 yrs of this see-sawing, that I DO have a problem, and I MUST stick to the plan and not waver or push it, or try to jump out without a life jacket, so to speak, as this time my body is serious—YOU HAD BETTER BE GOOD TO ME___I AM TIRED! OK, alreay! BUt I FEEL OK now since I have made so many new, good, helpful, non-critical FRIENDS! THANKS SO MUCH!! PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-11 20:13:47 -0500 Report

A new bit of info on the young man who was burned etc. His aunt told my daughter that the truck driver (his uncle) drove the truck up and out of that LARGE HOLE, and found his nephew with both legs on the surface of the side walk/ crater, with the rest of his body, HANGING DOWN INSIDE the hole WITH THE GAS AND FIRE! He thanked his uncle over and over for "saving his life"! We all thank him too! Can you imagine??!! Send chills down my back!! Hugs and Many THANKS AND PRAISES TO GOD!! PR

cyncyn
cyncyn 2009-07-11 22:21:28 -0500 Report

Pat,
That gave me chills. The uncle, a very brave man! And the nephew is probably grateful that he is! WOW
As far as the women in the beauty shop, can't stop laughing, sorry, but when I started reading this, I thought for sure, you were going to say, her perm was burnt(sorry for the pun, but you know, as a woman, sometimes, beauty shops will burn your hair with a perm)
So, I got a kick out of that. Just glad they didn't get hurt. And yes, we all want to look good, when we go!!!!
HUGS
Cyndi

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-11 23:32:05 -0500 Report

Me too! I couldn't believe my ears when I heard the ex teacher's story, but it is true, even if it defies good sense! Guess the firemen were too busy fighting the fires to look out for every soul silly enough to set through that fiasco, 2 BLOCKS were cordoned off all directions, but she was already in her chair—-praise be—-because of the flames, smoke, and she sat through the middle of it, getting the all important permanent! She could have been a PERMANENT FIXTURE in that chair!!! Electric chair, maybe?? CHEEZZZZ___Now I know why I don't need to worry about modeling my life after hers!!! And to think that I had her on a pedestal, wanting to be more like her! hahha—Well, now I do NOT think so! haha— See, there is humor in any situation, even if it takes a bit to get there.

Now for the young man—-Oh, Dear HEaven, I imagine he will have flashbacks and nightmares for a long time to come! Bless his young soul!! That almost defies imagination—-But they have strong, Christian family—hope they give him a chance to VENT!! Hugs PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-11 23:34:40 -0500 Report

Almost forgot, see more important things have taken precedent in my new diabetic life—-my eve BS was 96—-WOW!! I NEVER thought I would see THAT, so everyone, NEVER give up!! Miracles still happen, in more ways than one! Hugs again, PR

cyncyn
cyncyn 2009-07-11 09:26:55 -0500 Report

Pat,
Our extended concerns for the young man injured!!! We will keep him in our prayers, as well of the rest of the folks.
The stress of your towns, devastation, can affect your bs numbers, but you seem to have a handle on it. Keep being yourself!!!
Will say a little prayer for you too!
HUGS,
Cyndi

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-11 09:55:40 -0500 Report

Thank you so much, and I really think that the reason I am handling these fickle BS so well, is because of all of your support and accepting me as I am—an emotional being who CARES, but I did try to hold it inside and thus much damamge was done to my psychy—

Now for my humouous touch—-we have an ex-school teacher in our church, and she was "getting a permanent" in a shop just behind all of that smoky fires of several shops burning just behind her—I had thought that they would have evacuated those bldgs as they were "right there"! But they continued giving this woman "Her permanent"???! We had a birthday party for some of our church women yes. and she got kidded for "Fiddling while Rome burned!" or " a woman must look her best, even if she burns—-" Cheezzz—-Personally, I thought it stupid, but you know me—-but then she is very hard of hearing, but her "hairdresser knew"! Oh well, it takes all kinds of people to make the world go around! hah—I should know, God has kept me going! hugs PR

lipsie
lipsie 2009-07-11 01:19:03 -0500 Report

Still great numbers, way to go…yes continue to vent!! We are all here for you too, just as you have been for others there. You are a sweet lady yanno that? I love hearing from you. Keep us updated, and great remembering your medication again! lol *HugS* Sheila

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-11 20:08:54 -0500 Report

Oh, thank you so MUCH! Reassurrance and support canNOT be overrated! And if I have helped someone else in all of my venting, that makes me feel even BETTER!! Oh, I just had to share, MY BS THIS AFTERNOON WAS 96!!!! I just can hardly believe it!! Yea for our side!!! Thanks again, PR

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-10 19:59:11 -0500 Report

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that my BS is still great—-at 117~~! Hmm if I had known that venting and releasing anger etc. could help a body feel and do better, I might have blown my cork years ago! ALSO I remembered to take my MEDICINE!! ha—PR

arenk
arenk 2009-07-11 09:00:44 -0500 Report

Hi, Pat. I am glad you are doing fine, I will keep your town in my prayers, because I live in a small town too, and you never know when something disastrous might happen. Karen

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-09 18:54:05 -0500 Report

Thanks to you ALL so MUCH for your support! I do feel better today, and my BS was back up to 151, not too bad, but you know what——I FORGOT To take my Metformin this morn before we left town! To me, this proves that venting can relieve stress, BUT also—at least for right now, DO NOT FORGET YOUR MEDICINE TOO!! My, so much info to observe and let soak in! ha— A challenge for an air-head!

But I feel so much better, feel true to myself and it is OK if some are seemingly insensitive —-like you said, things happen for the best, etc and all of that stuff, BUT for me, the timing has to be right before I can acknowledge that looking ahead thing—-Yes, Towanda is faily close, I went to HS at Douglass, Ks, graduated in 1950, and I think our basketball team played against you! We didn't have a football team then, but think that they do now.

I was glad to hear the specifics of WHAT you did to rebuild your own small town—- We are all survivors and will figure this one out too. I learned today that my 26 yr old grandson helped about 50 men with trucks and trailers, load out a bunch of computers etc from that learning center and the real estate office on the corner, then there was a Wood shop in between. think the 2 businesses on the furtherest east and west corners survived somewhat. The fire marshall said on TV tonight that probably ALL will be torn down—BUT he has never had to deal with the folks in this area! Sometimes being stubborn can be an asset! ha

After a night's sleep, I feel better—-but I can not stress enough to get those THOUGHTS and EMOTIONS OUT OF YOU!! Vent here at this site, if needed as the folks here are wonderful and will tolerate a cranky, old lady, when she sees so much smoke and fire and empathy for those involved, even tho I was involved just a bit, indirectly!! I KNOW HOW HARD these folks have worked through the years—-the ones that ran the Mercantile store, had been in business themselves for 47 years! They were so trying so hard to NOT CRY, of course they were on TV_—In a small town you know about every one, and I am learning that I am a sympathetic person, and it is OK, I do come up for air, so to speak! ha Our Wellness Center was completely destroyed, as it was also the only livelihood of the young woman who kept it going—-she has been through so much tragedy anyway, in her young life!!! But you are right, we will rise and survive. She loves to swim, as do I, and I had just mentioned to her last week if she had any clout in town, she really has sponsored lots of creative things in the name of her daughter that was so tragically killed in that car accident 2 years ago, hubby divorced her, she also has Crohn's disease—-Some of us older swimmers have been wanting a place to swim the year around, so—-maybe—-it will work out. The Center was so handy for our business folks to run over on their lunch break and run the treadmills, lifts, etc—It was FULL of lovely, heavy machines! Weights etc—

Oh, well, a person needs to cry first, THEN DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE, and I am so proud of myself that I finally had the guts to stand up for what I FELT, in a socially acceptable way (I THOUGHT!! HAHA)—I will keep you all posted as to how we survive! Thanks so much for your helpful advice and for not bawling me out for getting so "feelingish"! ha—

Now remember, don't forget I am the grandmother of this group, I THINK! haa—-Vent your feelings in a socially acceptable way, but don't forget to take your MEDICINE! haha—I loved it when my BS was high this eve-, in a way, as I was feeling a bit smug yesterday that I had FOUND THE solution, but it was just PART of the solution! Life sure does keep me humble trying to keep ahead of diabetis, which shows me that , God is still in charge! Amen! hugs, Pat Roth

cyncyn
cyncyn 2009-07-09 21:14:14 -0500 Report

Pat,
Please keep us posted on the town's situation. Even when tragedy strikes, that is when people realize how strong they really are. And most, are stronger, than they ever imagined! For most, they will bounce back with such strong force. And then later, when all is said and done, wonder to themselves, … "Where did that come from". For we do have the power to strive forward, just some have not realized it yet!
HUGS
Cyndi

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-10 15:06:23 -0500 Report

Oh, Cindy, you are so RIGHT! Today we ate downtown, across the street from the burned out buildings, the fire still smolders some but the streets are now open for folks to take pics—I usually am a mad flasher, but I just could NOT take pics of the fire, even with the little access that I had—-it was like taking pics of a dying friend!

On Tv last night, the Videomax, didn't look too burnt, mostly smoke damage and the owner said that he had just taken out more insurance shortly before the fires, and would rebuild, better than ever, and it already was a neat place, with just put in pool tables for the youngns—

I visited with a "goer and doer" today at the kafe, and she suggested at least our chair aerobics meeting at the Municipal Hall and at least keep that section going at first—I brought up the pool again—some would use it and all would benefit from it! She had tried to call the manager this morn, couldn't get her, I told her that she and some friends, one a VERY prominent member of our community who used the Clinic faithfully, so, there may be rumbles of starting over, already! I told this woman that on Facebook this morn the young lady was taking 3 days off, to regroup. I suggested waiting till MOn, give the poor girl some breathing room, but she is so active, she may not need that time! (I would!)

So, many are praying, I told them of our friends here, Betty at Towanda, to offer hope—-they came back—better than before—I trust that God will nudge, or shove us all in the right direction at the right time—-I will keep you posted! And I will be forever grateful for the loving support I have found on this site! hugs to all—-PR

cyncyn
cyncyn 2009-07-10 15:12:58 -0500 Report

Pat,
Glad to hear, most are doing fine. And most will probably rebuild, and be even better then they where before. Glad to hear some have good insurance. glad to hear that your VENTING, has helped you!! Keep on keeping those numbers down.The whole town is in our thoughts and prayers!
HUGS
Cyndi

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-10 17:09:01 -0500 Report

Thanks, I just checked my BS and it was 108!!!!! I can not believe that my trying to do good, has actually helped!
Yes, our town is tough, survivors, and My own angry emotions are simmered down and started thinking of where we go from here and how can I help! I am so thankful that I have DISCOVERED that I can be true to my own feelings, and still be liked! Even helping this old BS! One couple that ran the Muellers shoe and mercantile store, had also bought the store next door when it vacated as no one else wanted to buy it, it held our NEW LEarning Center, the bldg where my grandson helped to carry out that expensive equipment! They were retiring anyway, now then they really will, and one of the owners, said she didn't even want to think about it. I am not sure how they were fixed on Ins.

The town's main concern is continuing prayers for the young teen ager helper on the trash truck who was burnt, the explosion broke several of his ribs, one punturing his lungs—-The TV said that he would be OK, but the FAMILY says that it is still touchand go!! SO further prayers will be appreciated! Thank you!Our kids from Wichita etc, will probably be home tomorrow, Sat. to see what is left of the shops that they worked in and shopped in when they were kids!

A few years ago we had a big fire that destroyed a grocery store, took out a dime store that was unique, not a chain store, but the owner was elderly so it did not re-open, but IGA came in and built a metal building, which is still standing, right across the street-east-where the current fire was! That one also took out a hardware store, Western Auto, I think. At least main street did not die that time, nor will it this time!! People are already presenting plans for the future! Have you heard of Greensburg, Ks.""We are about 100 miles eaast of them and they are re-building something marvelous, and so shall we! Thank you so much for your prayers!! Hugs, Pat Roth

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-10 17:09:02 -0500 Report

Thanks, I just checked my BS and it was 108!!!!! I can not believe that my trying to do good, has actually helped!
Yes, our town is tough, survivors, and My own angry emotions are simmered down and started thinking of where we go from here and how can I help! I am so thankful that I have DISCOVERED that I can be true to my own feelings, and still be liked! Even helping this old BS! One couple that ran the Muellers shoe and mercantile store, had also bought the store next door when it vacated as no one else wanted to buy it, it held our NEW LEarning Center, the bldg where my grandson helped to carry out that expensive equipment! They were retiring anyway, now then they really will, and one of the owners, said she didn't even want to think about it. I am not sure how they were fixed on Ins.

The town's main concern is continuing prayers for the young teen ager helper on the trash truck who was burnt, the explosion broke several of his ribs, one punturing his lungs—-The TV said that he would be OK, but the FAMILY says that it is still touchand go!! SO further prayers will be appreciated! Thank you!Our kids from Wichita etc, will probably be home tomorrow, Sat. to see what is left of the shops that they worked in and shopped in when they were kids!

A few years ago we had a big fire that destroyed a grocery store, took out a dime store that was unique, not a chain store, but the owner was elderly so it did not re-open, but IGA came in and built a metal building, which is still standing, right across the street-east-where the current fire was! That one also took out a hardware store, Western Auto, I think. At least main street did not die that time, nor will it this time!! People are already presenting plans for the future! Have you heard of Greensburg, Ks.""We are about 100 miles eaast of them and they are re-building something marvelous, and so shall we! Thank you so much for your prayers!! Hugs, Pat Roth

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-10 19:56:59 -0500 Report

UPDATE on the young man that was in the trash truck! He is 20 years old, a nephew of the truck owner, who is still shook up! But his truck was by this eve with some of his sons and friends, they usually pick up ou trash on Fri morn about 6 am, it was 7 pm this eve but I am just thankful that the whole situation seems to be working out—-they were able to drive the main trash truck up and out of the hole that the caved in cement of the alley blew—-One of the firemen said there had been gas leaking in that alley all morning???!!! I have heard where several of our business people were in the backs of their burnt stores, were yelled at to "Get OUT NOW!!"" They did, so were saved burns!

The trash truck driver said that he had never heard such an explosion since he was in Viet nam! We have been mighty fortunate, but the young man that was injured and burned, will have 6 to 8 months of recuperation coming—so prayers are still needed! Thank you so much!! PR

BeckyJ
BeckyJ 2009-07-09 17:03:00 -0500 Report

I am sorry to hear about the fire and about all of the people injured. As you may know I am in your neck of the woods…somewhat. Little old town of Towanda is about 35miles east of Wichita. A few years back we had a problem in our community center, faulty wiring led to a small fire there. Well let me say, today our new community center is the best in the county! We no longer have a pool as it was too expensive to repair but the high school now holds classes every thursday for those who can't make it to the YMCA in El Dorado. With the last wind storm we lost a lot of the older facades on main street but there have been fundraising drives to try and bring them back. With 254 highway being diverted around the town we lost many of the businesses as they could not keep up without stopping travelers. I hope that you are able to get your town rebuilt. It is such a shame to see such historic buildings destroyed. It also truly affects the spirit of these wonderful old towns. Best of luck to all of you in the rebuilding process.

arenk
arenk 2009-07-09 16:41:21 -0500 Report

Hey, I'm glad you are okay. Sometimes, we just have to rely on our faith, because some situations just can't be understood by our minds, but God says that all things work to the good of His people, so there is a bright side to the situation somewhere, even if you can't see it.

I was interested in your remark about you venting the emotions, and it helped to keep your levels down. I didn't realize that stress had that much impact on our sugar levels. Why does it have so much influence? If you understand, please explain this to me.

Thanks, Karen

lipsie
lipsie 2009-07-09 16:46:22 -0500 Report

I dunno the reason myself but it is so true…my levels go WAY up when in extreme pain or stress. Sheila

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-10 14:54:36 -0500 Report

I am new at this diabetic stuff, but stress affects so many things, and I hear that BS and BP are 2 of them! I think the VENTING my emotions, for a change, instead of bottling them up, was a signal to me that I am on the right track, BUT also need to remember my meds. This morn my BS is fine—-took my Meformin too, it is such a relief to find that something else works besides exercise, as I am not in good enough shape to walk much! Thanks for your support, I am feeling better and so is my BS! Pr

Sleepless Peeps
Sleepless Peeps 2009-07-09 10:33:45 -0500 Report

such a tragic event. so sad for the young man who was burned.

i'm happy for you that your bs has been good throughout your stress. i hope your wellness center has good insurance and can get rebuilt quickly. i know what a big difference exercise makes … that's what has really been the thing to help me.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-09 09:15:36 -0500 Report

Wow, you know what?? The town lost 9 businesses, just shells of the Wellness Center, a new center of learning to help challenged children—gone, the Mercantile store that had been there for so many years, it had neat antique hanging on the top of the wall, gone—-

But you know what, by facing the pain and loss, venting to my good friends, in spite of the stress, MY BLOOD SUGARS HAVE STAYED DOWN!!!! So maybe my preaching on VENTING, NOT internalizing every emotion, WORKS!! I even ate a diabetic ice cream bar last night! My BS through the day were 108, 109 and this morn my fasting is 107—-THE FIRST IN 3 YEARS!! WOW!! No one is more surprised than I! Maybe it isn't just the stress that raises our BS's but holding it all inside, is the culprit!!! Reckon??!!

I learned more about the fire, the girl that runs our Center was in the back of that building giving a massage, had put a sign on her front door stating where she was, the firemen burst into her back door and got them out—they never heard the explosion as did not very many! Don't know why! But so thankful that no one was seriously hurt! The young man that was on the trsh truck, had several ribs broken, one pierced his lung but he is repaired and should be fine. Praise the Lord!

I may put my input in with the city and our sweet manager of the center, and see what can be done to help all of us "oldsters" in time of need. I agree that doing something to help, does more good than anything!

And thank you so much for your kind words this morning!!! I just knew that I had located a bunch of caring, kind, people!! I feel so much better, INSIDE, where it counts! Hugs to all, Pat R

cyncyn
cyncyn 2009-07-09 08:43:55 -0500 Report

Pat,
I am so sorry to hear this! So many disasters happening in our world. So sad. Glad to hear no one was seriously hurt! And as far as the "misery group", misery loves company. Don't have time to visit!!!
I'm sure, knowing you, and your spunky self, you will come up with something great!! And creative!
I hope and pray for those, who lost so much! I hope everything, works out for them!
Keep your funny self "up" and those numbers "down" !!

HUGS,
Cyndi

lipsie
lipsie 2009-07-09 07:36:04 -0500 Report

Pat,

I love hearing from you also. I am sooo sorry you and your town has to go through this horrible disaster! You have had time away to calm down, maybe use your positive energy now as said above to help come up with so solutions to help out in some way? Or if its just too much to handle back off on it, but you are a strong woman so I know you can come up with some way to help and make yourself and other happy. Don't let them negative people pull you down!! NOT YOU!! *HugSI Sheila

Celia - 38478
Celia - 38478 2009-07-09 02:23:15 -0500 Report

Oh my how aweful for everyone. I am so sorry. Keep thinking possitive and I know that will be hard. Maybe it won't be so bad when you check it out in the morning. I know wishful thinking on my part. I am not there. It is nice you can come here and vent. You all are in my prayers.

remiglo
remiglo 2009-07-09 01:16:05 -0500 Report

Hi Pat…Just keep your positive outlook and keep your head held high.

Remember when you encounter those negative minded people, they just want to bring everyone down to their level. I call them "the doom and gloom bunch" they just want to run people down verbally and spread negativity.

I'd rather sit alone than be a part of that nonsense. Too stressful and draining. I need all the energy I've got. they can't have mine.

Pat, maybe you can be of service to the Wellness Center organizers and the displaced folks who went there. Ask if there's anything you could do to keep that place going while they rebuild or relocate. Possibly you could help find a temporary location, or help round up the regulars to gather and socialize while new plans are made.

keep up the good work, I love reading your posts!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-09 10:15:12 -0500 Report

Thanks so much for your positive input! IT does help to DO SOMETHING to help a situation! I just learned that our ex-mayor, one of our firefighters, was badly burned too. They may have shipped him to Wichita too, as a friend of mine heard the helicopter go over yes. eve/ we kept hearing sirens, ambulances , no power to KNOW what was going on—-till last night's 10pm news, when they finally peiced together some cable as the main one was burned through! Man! As far as the NEGATIVE folks, I am fine as I am NOT in their circle anyway, and now I remember—WHY!!! But it takes all kinds to make up the world, and they do have a point—of sorts—-but LATER, after the smoke settles!! hugs to ALL< pr

Avera
Avera 2009-07-09 00:27:10 -0500 Report

Pat!

What a horrible thing to have happen! I understand how you feel and if it were me, I am sure my stress level would have been high also. It is good that you have learned to recognize the fact that stress does have an impact on your blood sugars.

I'm sorry that you had such a terrible day and I hope the people who have had their businesses destroyed are able to go on and rebuild. I am also glad that you were not any where near eanough to be hurt. Please take care of yourself.

Avera

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-09 10:10:03 -0500 Report

You know, I hadn't even realized how close some of us came to being hurt as our group leaves about 11:40am and the accident happened at 12:40 pm—-and some are so slow—-even me some days—my lower back doesn't want to move, but I think a fire may have jarred me into high gear! ha Others were in their businesses—-I suppose some patrons although noon hour was in there somewhere—Our Wellness manager has a white SUV and it was still setting in front of our burned out stores, last night. I imagine that it is OK, just SMOKEY! Pur manager has had such a traumatic life already, divorced twice, lost her only daughter at age 16 in a horrific car wreck about 2 yrs ago, along with 2 other lovely, promising young girls—-But she said that she was OK, she had to be—-Thanks for your prayers, I have settled down, and FEEL better, mostly because of YOU ALL! Thanks, PR