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16 March 2017 @ 06:14 pm
The North-Wind.  
So, last week we had the wildest windstorm I think I’ve ever seen outside of an actual tornado. Trees coming down on cars, chimneys ripping off, power lines down everywhere, hundred-thousands without power, cars being pushed off the road by the force of the wind, trees bashing their way through rooftops, limbs everywhere, garbage cans blowing down the streets, fences down. It was wild.


Our power flickered all day, but never went out permanently. We had a pretty sizeable tree limb break off, but it is still attached to the tree in one spot, so Boy Cousin - who does our yard work now - is going to have to yank it down. Then my sister says there is something in our yard. Well what? She carries it to the front door so I can see and it is a huge chunk of our chimney. Just laying in our yard. So we have to get that taken care of. I was supposed to go to physical therapy that day, but I told Sis I was kind of scared of going outside. After she ran some errands and came back, she said maybe I should cancel therapy or else she was going to make me go in my wheelchair - as opposed to my walker - because it was so bad out. So I went to cancel and I couldn’t get through - turns out they had lost power, but were still seeing patients. I tried two other clinics of theirs in town and couldn’t get through there either. Finally I called the clinic that is 45 minutes away - where my friend C works. C answered the phone and was all, “Why are you calling me on this line?” and I was like, “No, this is for your work!”. We chatted a minute and she said she could put it into the computer so if they pulled up my file it would show I had canceled. (Turned out several people didn’t show that day and because they couldn’t get through on the phones to cancel, the therapists were just like, “Okay, another no-show, guess they decided not to brave it, lol.” C asked what she should put for reason canceled and I said, “Patient is 120lbs, uses a walker, has balance issues and she ain’t gonna do it.” C goes, “Okay, let’s see…Toooooooo Wiiiiindy.”

It reminded me of the time I went to a different PT place years ago and they had buildings on either side with the walkway surrounded by them, so it formed a wind-tunnel. It was heavy windy out and my dad had taken me - he was still driving, but in his wheelchair, and back when I was dragging my leg but not using a walker yet. So I go to walk in, while Dad is still unloading himself, and I get to the walkway between the buildings and the wind literally pushed me back. I couldn’t stop myself, I couldn’t do anything, I was pushed all the way back to the parking lot, where I managed to grab onto a lamppost. There was a guy in a yellow Lamborghini sitting right there at the drop-spot and I yelled to him, “Help! Help me, please!” and the asshole looked right at me and then drove away. So then my dad is in the parking lot and hears me yelling for help and looks over to see me clinging to the lamppost and he gets all upset and stuff, trying to get his wheelchair out faster to come help me. Luckily the way the windows faced, inside the clinic can see out to the parking lot, and someone saw me and a receptionist came out to help. I will never forget that guy in the sports-car driving away when I yelled for help though.

It was already getting pretty hard for my dad to get me in and out of his truck, so it was probably time for him to stop driving me places anyways, but that day was the last time he ever did. We didn’t say it out loud, but I think we were both too anxious about anything happening again where he couldn’t help me. It’s been ten years, but somehow my dad - who can’t remember a damn thing - remembers this incident. After the wind-storm we just had, he brought it up. It still has him shaken up to think about.

I think my #1 fear is fainting/passing out. But my #2 fear is definitely wind. And this isn’t even my worst wind story! Any of you ever have a run-in with nature like this?
 
 
 
Shireboundshirebound on March 17th, 2017 02:10 am (UTC)
WOW!!!! I can't remember ever being in wind that strong.
dodger_sister: weatherdodger_sister on January 17th, 2018 10:36 pm (UTC)
WOW!!!! I can't remember ever being in wind that strong.

That's not even my worst wind story. Once I got caught in a tornado that picked me right up off the ground and blew me about 12 feet down the road until Dad grabbed me up. I'm telling you, Wind is my Enemy! (I'll have to type that whole story of the tornado up someday for you guys!)
Shireboundshirebound on January 17th, 2018 10:57 pm (UTC)
Mega Wow!!
Kate: taking wingceitfianna on March 17th, 2017 04:29 am (UTC)
That sounds terrifying. I'm glad that you stayed inside. Wellington had terrifying winds, I remember living on the 12th floor and feeling the building move. It was on a foundation that was good for earthquakes but that meant the wind shifted it. Also going up the main hill with horizontal rain on my birthday.
dodger_sister: weatherdodger_sister on January 17th, 2018 10:39 pm (UTC)
That sounds terrifying. I'm glad that you stayed inside.

No one at my PT place was even a little surprised when I didn't show up that day! ;)

Wellington had terrifying winds, I remember living on the 12th floor and feeling the building move. It was on a foundation that was good for earthquakes but that meant the wind shifted it.

Oh man, my vertigo would hate that. I always say my fav city in the US is Chicago - how I wish I could live there - but it's the Windy City for crying out loud, I'd never survive there!

Also going up the main hill with horizontal rain on my birthday.

Omg, that must have been scary & a little painful, yes? Horizontal rain freaks me out bc it looks so unnatural!
lindahoylandlindahoyland on March 17th, 2017 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'm scared of wind too. In my teens half the roof blew off and when I was at college, I had to crawl through the grounds to get home and keep turning round to breathe. Wind is scary!
dodger_sister: weatherdodger_sister on January 17th, 2018 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm scared of wind too. In my teens half the roof blew off and when I was at college, I had to crawl through the grounds to get home and keep turning round to breathe. Wind is scary!

Omg, the having to crawl thing sounds utterly terrifying! Wind knocking the breathe out of my chest is one of the worst feelings. Been going down the street in Chicago, Sis pushing my wheelchair, thinking, "All I have to do is hang on until we get to the curb and then we will turn and not be going straight into the wind and I can breath again." But then thinking maybe I won't make it that far without being able to take in a breath. Your experience sounds like my worst nightmare!
lindahoyland: 4 boyslindahoyland on January 18th, 2018 01:38 am (UTC)
I couldn't breathe either. I had to keep turning to get a breath out of the wind.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on April 10th, 2017 05:47 am (UTC)
My grandmother was quite small and slight and was blown over with her walker on a day that was just windy. I can't imagine how she would have fared in a real windstorm. Scary.

We had a big storm come through earlier this week, but nothing quite as bad as you are describing. Some folks were without power for awhile, but I think it was fixed pretty quickly. I just had a few flickers.
dodger_sister: weatherdodger_sister on January 17th, 2018 10:57 pm (UTC)
My grandmother was quite small and slight and was blown over with her walker on a day that was just windy. I can't imagine how she would have fared in a real windstorm. Scary.

Oh no, I hope Grandma wasn't hurt too badly that day! Yes, me too, very small & because I stand in an awkward position due to my bad knees, I am balanced in a way that makes it easier for wind to knock me right over. Or right up off the ground!

I'll tell you that day I canceled PT bc of the wind, the cats, who usually ignore the weather outside, were all terrified.

We had a big storm come through earlier this week, but nothing quite as bad as you are describing. Some folks were without power for awhile, but I think it was fixed pretty quickly. I just had a few flickers.

When I lived with my mom in her first house here in town - way on the other side of town from where I am now - we lost power at every little twitch of the wind. It was ridiculous. But over here, on this side of town, for some reason we never get rarely than a flicker. I think once we lost power for about 5 hours maybe. Once in ten years. That's pretty damn good, I'd say!