Should I whine? No, but I do feel like it. Should I pay attention to my feelings then? Yes!
Many know that due to the devastating storm we had last week we lost power for almost four days. It was extremely hot, so we were offered shelter by our good friend Dr. Goodman for the first night, Saturday. Rosana was with us, and it meant added help. Of course, all I did was go to bed right away. We returned home in the morning, and then had to go to a hotel for the night and the following night too. We didn’t know what was happening, as our home phone was out, and the information our electric company gave us was misleading.
We returned home when the power was back on Tuesday. My cleaning lady helped, as we had to empty both refrigerators and throw everything away. It was sad, not so much for us, but to think of all the people who could have fed on all that food. Dreadful!
If we had been well it would not have mattered that much, but it was truly more than difficult. I was never so grateful for my Kindle, as I have 626 books there, so I could at least read!
Now we are back home, but it is still very hot outside so we cannot venture much out there. We get our groceries delivered, but there is much that is not available. We’ll survive, of course, but they are predicting another huge storm for tomorrow. Lets’ hope it is not like the previous one…
In all, it was costly in terms of dollars as well as nerves. I am still not sleeping well, and wondering if this will happen again. Doctors have once more failed me. One said he could not do anything else for me. Another one said I must have some other ailment, but they have already had tests for almost everything under the sun. Stupid doctors, I say- it is my thyroid!!!!
I may have a new lead soon, but I don’t want to jinx it, so I’ll hold my breath. I have stopped believing in everything and everybody. We are lucky to have two wonderful daughters and a very good son-in-law. As soon as we are a bit stronger we’ll try to make it to the Bay area to be close to them.
For now, this is all I can think about. Valeria is coming soon to be with us for a few days, so that will be of great help too. And in the meantime we have to face the fact that we have to rely on ourselves, and be grateful that we have each other.
Here is the letter Guido sent to our Congressman. He rarely does things like this, but he was quite upset about it:
Dear Congressman Van Hollen:
Thank you for your e-mail.
As seniors with serious health issues, we were especially affected by the loss of power and the delays in restoring it.
While, as you suggest, the performance of the utilities should be thoroughly assessed once all power is restored, it does not take an investigation to remark the appalling way in which PEPCO has misled its customers by providing inaccurate and useless information through its web site. This really added insult to injury.
We urge you to work to have PEPCO information system thoroughly redesigned so that it can provide valid and reliable information in the event of an emergency.
Guido and Martha Francescato
10500 Gainsborough Road
Potomac, MD 20854-4044
Professor Emeritus of Architecture
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
University of Maryland, College Park