I've gotten a few notes wondering how we're doing. The Austin area really only got a few clouds and mild winds. I just talked to my sister in Indiana, and she got more rain from Ike there than we did. Strange, isn't it.
We were impacted more by the influx of evacuees – Austin welcomed over 6,300 in 23 shelters with another 200 in the area hospitals. My agency was tasked with helping to place some of those with special medical needs, so I got to throw on my nursing scrubs again. I spent Friday and Saturday getting to know and help those people. Their courage and grace under such extreme circumstances was really inspiring, and it was just really fun to watch all the different agencies and professions work so seamlessly together. We were all a little battle weary after helping the Gustav evacuees so recently, but you couldn't tell it by their positive attitudes and tireless efforts.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people displaced by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Hopefully, this will lift a few spirits. The lady with the right shoes for every occasion needs some of these.