Peter Gabriel - Waiting for the Big One (live)
Waiting for the 'Big One' While Living With Chronic Pain
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Out here on the west coast we are all too familiar with the ever-menacing threat of the “big one.” Growing up in California, the San Andreas Fault was part of our history. Every few years the earth would lunge, sometimes separate and create a chasm and always shake. As a child I was always terrified of earthquakes and truthfully, I still am.
Watchingthe tragedy that is unfolding in Japanis heartbreaking for the entire world but for those whose lives have been totally disrupted it has proven to be an ongoing sorrow with no end in sight. Everyday something seems to make it worse. One is once again reminded of the inequality in life as Mother Nature randomly reaches out her hand and slaps us around. We ask ourselves many questions about what we can do to help those who are suffering and those of us who can contribute to an organization, do so. Others, from many corners of the world are going to Japan to physically help by bringing food, water, and shelter to those in dire straits. We are sending some wonderful medical relief both private and military and suddenly in the midst of all this tragedy, the world seems a much smaller place.
Here in Oregon we are told there is yet another, larger and more dangerous fault which lies out in the Pacific Ocean and extends down from N. Washington to California. It is enormous and they expect it to move. It’s called the Cascadia Fault and is considered to be part of that ring of fire or triangle of acute activity. Because of its location, in the depths of the sea, they are describing tsunamis of much greater height than the ones in Japan.
I must admit these facts are not comforting. As human beings we watch the suffering of others and always, deep within ourselves, wonder if that could be us. The answer to that question is a big, “It sure could be you.” We have many beautiful beaches all along these three states and many homes and businesses that lie very close to the water. The big question about the Big One seems to be when, where and how much.
Many of our friends in the East and in the South have suffered devastation this year. Floods, torrential rains, and huge amounts of snow have disrupted lives. We are all feeling more like ants dancing on a hot griddle as nature continues to “bring it on.”
I know, as an individual who lives with chronic problems everyday of my life, I don’t see how I can take anymore. I may not have a choice. So what is the next step? Do I sit in my home wringing my hands and waiting? That isn’t very empowering, neither is it appealing therefore I’m taking stock or inventory of all we will need in the event of a catastrophicemergency.
In December 2007, we had a huge hurricane force type wind storm here in our area and thousands of trees were cropped off or knocked over. Roofs were blown off homes. After being without power for 6 days we decided to put in a natural gas generator. The question now is, would it be safe to use if we have a big earthquake? Maybe not. We also have to ask ourselves if our old Victorian home would be able to take it. Would our home fall down?
I hate having to think about all of this and live with the fear of it therefore I have to get my attitude, my nervous system and my head around this. I have been having long talks with myself about my faith in a loving God. I know from past experiences that fear and anxiety can only make me feel worse than I always do. I owe it to myself, my husband and my family to be calm, have faith, and like a good little Girl Scout, be prepared.
I’m making a list and like Santa, checking it twice. Would you like to see it?
SUE’S BE PREPARED FOR AN EARTHQUAKE LIST
- Bottled water
- Bottled drinks and juice
- Canned food
- Portable radio with fresh batteries
- Flashlights of all kinds with fresh batteries on hand in several sizes
- Can opener, bottle opener
- Small pan or pot for warming canned foods
- Few utensils
- Glasses to see and to drink with
- Paper plates
- Paper towels
- Blankets and pillows
- Non-prescription meds such as Metamucil, etc.
- Prescription meds for at least one week for me and for Annie, our Jack Russell
- Dog treats
- Canned dog food
- Water bowl for dogs
- Old vanity case filled with small bottles and tubes of hygiene products, Purell, toothbrushes, and wipes, bottles of peroxide and alcohol
- Camp stove or hibachi, (have charcoal already)
- Lighter chips for hibachi
- Washing machine and bathtub filled with water for us to wash ourselves
- Couple of books
- Cell phone
- Portable DVD player
- Few DVD’s
- Purse with a bit of extra cash in it
- A weapon for self-defense if you feel you need it
- An extra set of clothing and pair of shoes
- A few cans of Sterno for cooking, with a container to fit over it such as an old fondue pot
- Matches or a barbecue lighting stick
- An extra folding cane (if you use a cane)
- Extra trash bags for refuse
- A toilet seat to put over a bucket lined with a plastic bag
Okay, am I forgetting anything? It all depends whether or not it hits here, whether or not our house is still standing and so many other factors. Well, dear friends, I have to go shopping and fill in a few items I don’t already have which are on the list.
Let us all pray for the living who are left to face all of these catastrophes throughout Japan and here at home. I also pray for peaceful recline for the souls lost and ascending to heaven at this time. May God be with us all and may we have the courage we have seen exhibited by our fellow beings in Japan.
(A note from Sue's editor, Rose: Everyday Health has partnered with AmeriCares to raise funds for relief efforts in Japan. Here's where to find a link andinformation about how to contribute to AmeriCares' efforts.)
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