As most of you know I live on the gulf coast. Panama City to be exact. It’s a really chill beach community. We are known to get hurricanes or tropical depressions every year. Some years are better than others.
I remember first coming to this sleepy little town from NYC and thinking holy shit, this is like a vacay every day. It’s relaxed and everyone treated me with Southern hospitality. I LOVED it!!!!!
About five months after we got here hurricane Opal hit. Holy crap I was scared. I had a 3 yr old and a 6 yr old at the time and was truly concerned for our safety. That was a hell of a storm. Turned out to be a Cat4. Luckily my sister was here and guided me through it. I was a NY’er through and through. I had absolutely no clue what a REAL hurricane was.
Since then I’ve been through many storms, after that one we haven’t had any that neared Opal’s severity. At least until now that is. The weather people (sometimes inaccurate) are saying this may be worse than Opal. I truly hope they’re wrong.
During Opal I wasn’t sick. I was healthy and considerably younger, although with my boys grown, at least I don’t have to run behind little ones. I do still worry about them constantly. I suppose a mommas job is never done.
So back to the hurricane heading this way, his name is Michael and he has the fine folks of Bay county acting like the world is ending. I’m not saying they don’t have a right to be concerned, but the whole vibe of this area has gotten a bit hostile. Kind of reminds me of Black Friday shopping. Everyone’s pissed off and ill tempered, as well as driving like lunatics. I keep thinking, Come on folks we’re all used to this; let’s act like we have good sense. It is worrisome that this may be worse than Opal, but if anything, MS has taught me that I can deal with just about anything.
Yesterday the hubby and I went shopping for supplies. Shelves were bare, but we got some supplies. Later in the day my son David called telling me not to worry, he had me covered, and did he ever. Lance, I and the pups are hunkered down.
With having Multiple Sclerosis for the past 14 years, I am very, very familiar with how my body can act the fool when bad weather has arrived. Here’s a link regarding preparedness I thought you all might find useful: Weather preparedness
So while we’re bracing for this shit show of a storm, I have my hair up and pearl earrings on. I’ll let you all know how it goes. Wish me luck and say a prayer