Hagupit, Haiyan, and Extractions

As the Philippines braces itself for another super typhoon, the anxiety is very real, I want to puke. I’ve been tracking Hagupit’s birth and was shocked it grew so big, so fast. Less than 48 hours and my city will feel it’s destructive powers. I came here to write and sort my thoughts because part of me just wants to flee these islands and its never ending storms. But a huge part of me is keeping it together and plan to come out of this storm safe.

I want to tell you more about how the Phil. Gov’t geared up for this shit storm, how many people in the possible eye of the storm are being, and had been, evacuated. How even the army reservists were activated and waiting. How the Official Philippine weather bureau’s website has been down since early this morning. But they have a temporary site up!

I want to write coherently but can’t because my mind is filled with visions from last years catastrophe when haiyan, a category 5 super typhoon hit Philippines. I have my horror stories when it comes to storms and floods. The worst being pounded by rain as I swam for safety with my youngest child in my arms, trying to fight the current of the rising floodwaters.

I thought i could put these things behind me but every time there’s a red alert for super typhoons, the fear rises and it’s difficult to push it way back down when all I want is someone to tell me it will be ok. I am so tense my shoulders hurt. I clenched my teeth and immediately the site of my extraction bled. oh well. ice time!

30 minutes from now I will be going over my checklist because I’ll be evacuating to my mom’s place, which sits higher than where I am. Since this typhoon is moving slower than Haiyan, I think it will pack more rain than winds, or both. I’ll secure my house, put stuff on higher shelves, cover furniture and appliances with plastic cover, and hope the roof doesn’t get blown away.

So far, these is what I’ve accomplished:

1. My drains and gutters cleaned. The edges of my roof secured, because wind will work it’s way through the eaves, plus the aluminum sheets over my house is older than me by about 20 years. This house is more than half a century old.

2. Prepared/charged all electronics. Extra rechargeable flashlights/real flashlights with real batteries and extra batteries,

3. Everything at the bottom half of the house has been elevated/shoved/placed at higher locations/shelves/hooks etc.

4. Done shopping for food and other perishables we might need for two-three days.

5. Packed toiletries including bug spray.

What else should I do?

1. Place all my books in plastic tubs and cover with plastic, they’ll float in case  flooding. Oh dear gawd. This tears me apart more than anything else. I lost more than 2k books back in 2008 to the flood. I should learn to love the digital format, but it’s not the same 😦

2. Need to pack clothes for myself and the kids. I need to take a break from worry, I know I know!

3. Have to line up all medicines and pack them up, including first aid kit, which I hope I’ll never ever use!

4. Transfer linens. or not.

Before I leave the house I must:

1. Turn off all appliances

2. Turn off the gas.

3. Turn off the main switch.

Cross my fingers, and prepare for the worst.

Oh, and I’ve another extraction scheduled for tomorrow. I can skip it but I don’t want to because I need to have only this one cycle of antibiotics as per the dentist’s advice.


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