Tuesday, August 30, 2005


Yesterday, hurricane  Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, I pray for family and friends who live there. I pray for all who have lost everything and must start over. I pray for the people who have lost loved ones and must go on.

I do what I can do...I pray.

I heard a reporter say that during the night she heard people yelling and screaming for help, calling out for someone, anyone to come and rescue them. She cried as she  reported and remembered the night and the helplessness that covered her as she heard the screams. 

Rescuers Search For Katrina Survivors Along Gulf Coast

Katrina: New Orleans looter

First responders are advised not to worry about bodies for now. One Mississippi official said, "If they're dead, they're dead. We've got the living to take care of."
Biloxi | Rescue | Images: New Orleans | Gulf Coast

I tracked the storm from it's birth to today while it affects our weather in Ohio.

This hurricane was and continues to be a monster!

I can't help but compare Hurricane Katrina to Alzheimer's disease.

People like Peggy, knew that the storm was coming but there was no way to be protected from the wrath of the storm.

There was no where to run and no where to hide.

Peggy is living proof of what the Alzheimer's hurricane can do to a life.

Peggy has stopped yelling for someone, anyone to come and rescue her. I can relate to the reporter who heard the cries for help last night and could do nothing but stay where she was and cry.

I had to stand by and watch Peggy disappear while she called out for help. Now, her voice is silent. No one can help her now. No one can rescue her.

Peggy is lost in the storm.

She is a statistic, lost in the Hurricane called....

Alzheimer's disease.

W. M. Lewis wrote.......

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon...

But that we wait so long to begin it.

I Love You Today, Peggy!

Mary Louise


barbpinion said...

And I, and all your other readers, love YOU today.
Hugs, love and prayers, as always.
Praying for your family and friends too.
Barb- http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK

wendy4145 said...

life has so many storms... hurricanes... alzhimers, cancer, financial....

the storms may make us appreciate the nice weather a little more.


rjet33 said...

This is a good comparison, Mary Louise.  My heart breaks for your loss.  I know that loss.  I lost my brother on June 18, 1999 when he decided life was too painful to go on.  I write about it also in my Journey Through The Valley of Shadows journal.  Writing does help.  

I live in east central Alabama.  If you look at the map of Alabama on the eastern side, it looks kind of like a face with a nose sticking out.  I live just above the "nose."  We had one tornado warning after another in our county the day Katrina came through.  It was nothing compared to what the people on the coast went through and are still going through.  My thoughts and prayers are with them.

My thoughts and prayers are with you too.  I know several people with Alzheimers.  It is a hard thing for a family to go through.

God Bless You.