What a special room filled with such caring people from all over. I'm sorry I worried anyone but I just got very serious-minded in a flash when the tornadoes hit and I immediately focused on the disaster surrounding me as it's part of my work. Thank you so much for your concern. You all are the nicest group of people.
I only experienced flying debris falling on my property from the tornado pictured below that started in Sanford NC. But my complete focus and priorities shifted away from relaxing and laughing and having fun here on the computer as I came face to face with families in crisis through the work I do.
I hear the saddest of stories there because I come face to face with families that not only lost everything and need a place to stay in the inn (attached to the hospital) but also families who have loved ones in critical care in the hospital here....many are still here in ICU, Rehab, etc.
One mother I speak often with described being in her home with her husband while her son was in his truck in the back yard. The tornado picked up his truck and placed it down in the front yard. The young man wanted to protect his parents so he got out of the truck and never made it to the house. The tornado slammed him into the house, lifted the roof off and crashed it down on top of him. The mom found him with insulation in his eyes, nose, and mouth. He was blue, not breathing, and medical help was overwhelmed so it took 45 min to arrive. She prayed as she waited for paramedics to arrive. A stranger appeared to help her lift the roof off of him. She said he disappeared as quickly as he came. Her son's pulse returned. I told her it sounded like the man that helped her was an angel. Her son is now alive and stable...their biggest concern right now is that he might lose his eyesight. Another mother told me of her son who was pinned under an overturned car and will be paralyzed now. There are many more sad stories.
I just couldn't face these situations and then get online and be light and happy. I didn't realize you all would be so concerned and I'm touched by it. Thank you. I can't wait to come back and have some fun here again and get all inspired to cook some of your delicious ideas again...you all are invaluable.
This pic was taken by a friend of the Disaster Director for the Red Cross here in NC. This tornado started in Sanford and was the one that dropped debris from the sky onto my property here in Cary...but that was all. Another tornado devasted businesses across the street from where I work but, again, didn't touch where I work:
Henderson County Red Cross - Together We Can Make a Difference