I’m so over winter.
I believe my area — Northern Virginia — set a record for both temperature (6 degrees) and wind chill (-7 degrees). On top of this there is a snowstorm coming, expected to roll in overnight, complete with gusty winds. Looks like we’ll get 4 or 5 inches, give or take.
For most, this isn’t a big deal.
Not so much for us. It adds another level of stress.
I have prepared ourselves for just such an event. A couple of years ago we paid $17,000 (of our own money) for a top-of-the-line back-up electrical generator. Within seconds of losing power it will kick-in and restore juice to the entire house for an unlimited amount of time; because it uses our natural gas line to power the generator. We also have a 40-gallon reserve water supply that was donated to us through Ryan’s Wish List. We amassed nutrition for Ryan that will be available for weeks.
We have done everything under our control that we can.
The scary part is we can’t control everything necessary. We are dependent upon delivery services (e.g., FedEx, UPS, USPS) to get supplies here. We must still make it to the pharmacy for vital medications because insurance and Medicaid give such a small window to refill prescriptions. Heck, I should have said the same for supplies being delivered. We worry about the nurse not making it here to help us overnight.
Mostly, I worry about Ryan having a medical emergency that is severe enough that he must be taken to the hospital. Sure, I’ll make damned certain to have our property cleared of snow. Well at least enough so that we can roll him out on a stretcher or wheelchair. Then we’re at the mercy of our local Homeowners’ Association clearing our street — and connecting streets — that will get him to the main drag. This is hit-or-miss. Like on our last snowfall, the street we live on wasn’t properly cleared for 24 hours.
Fortunately, this upcoming winter weather system should move through quickly and our elevated level of stress will be short-lived.