They Blew Up My City....

  1. ok.... now... I am on my last nerve. I woke up this morning, and got my little bro to school...just like every other day.... EVERY OTHER NORMAL DAY
    BUT NO... .NO NORMALCY HERE...

    A quarter to 9, my bro calles the house... 'TURN ON THE NEWS!' he says as he quickly explains to my dad that he's on a pier next to the SI Ferry(Now known as the great yellow deathship...)

    We turn on channel 7, and see the no. 2 tower in flames... then, on the right side of the screen , you see a black plane hit the building, then the screen go out...

    I switched the tv to a channel that came off the empire state building... THE SECOND PLANE WENT THROUGH THE BUILDING...
    I panicked....
    MY best friend.. my sister.... she was leaving her house as I called her.... she was to go to John Jay college of criminal justice...
    Then, we realized we had friends in there.... 1 block away!!!

    The cell phones were out.... we couldnt find them... usually they go to the mall in the bottom of the trade centers...

    Then, the first building fell....
    A little later...
    another blast rocked the area... I live about 15 mi away... on another island, and you could hear the blasts....

    The second building fell.....

    MY job called....
    COME IN... YOURE MANDATED For DISASTER DUTY!!! REPORT TO YOUR BASE FLOOR BY 1500 THE LATEST, EARLY IF YOU CAN

    I was dressed and out the door by 1230...
    got to work at 1p....
    Got slammed dc'ing pts home.... needed to transport and transfer them into cars...
    Transferred 45 pts in 2 hours... Discharged 40 of them...

    Then, I went to my unit... d/c'd the rest and prepped for disaster...

    We get a message that a patients husband is a firefighter, and is down there... has been there since the first plane hit #2...
    She goes hysterical... she dont know if hes dead or alive....

    I sit in this room, letting the pt vent to me... screaming, yelling... I couldnt say or do anything....

    I called home.... my aunt (transit cop) is missing. I called miggie(my pseudo sister) our friends are missing...

    We found my friends at 7p.... they cut school and were in LI... Tank god for delinquency...
    MY aunt is still missing... its 1AM... we dont know where she is....

    The bodys that are comeing in are either walkie talkies, or in bodybags.... little bodybags...

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
    I want to scream...

    MY CITY.... THE PEOPLE..... My god.....
    15 THOUSAND CASUALTYS.... AT LEAST.....
    (thats being wishful, and thinking 5000 made it...)

    my god....

    -BA
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  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   MRed94
    I don't have any words except I'm sorry.

    Prayers are out all over the country for all of you.

    I wish I could help, even just to be there to hug you.

    Marla
  4. by   AppyHorseFan
    Yeti,
    I'm so sorry this happened to your city...to ANY city for that matter. I don't understand how the government could allow this to happen. Don't slam me for what I believe, but from what I've heard, they had been getting threats, and possibly knew SOMETHING was going to happen. Again, don't slam me, but I think it's time to close the borders for a while and keep immigrants from coming to our country for a while.

    I hope you find your aunt alive and well. My thoughts and prayers will be with you, your family and friends...along with all the others who were directly hit by this devastating attack on our country.

    God Bless and Keep you Safe,

    Shonda
  5. by   RNforLongTime
    Yeti1313,

    I cannot tell you how horrible I feel for every one who was affected by this tragic event(s).

    Godspeed to you and all fo your colleauges in caring for the victims and their families.

    I cannot even begin to imagine how you are feeling right now. Just know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you care for the victims.

    God Bless all of us in these trying next few days!

    Kelly :-(
  6. by   CEN35
    I feel for you Barb.....I really do......and I have thought about sooo much today? My problems and wants compared to what some people are going through right now. I was supposed to leave for Canada tomorrow......the borders are closed......we still have a chance of having victims flown into Cleveland by the military....to my knowledge. I have my pager on.....and knowing there will be a need......for more help....(per local rescue teams that have all been called upon for standby duty).........am thinking to cancel it all and go up........every person must count? I dunno........ I was fine all night............work kept me busy.......I have been a wreck since I left......there is sooooo much to contemplate? I am at a loss more any sensible words

    me

    OK am back to re-edit........ Question? Does it make me bad to wish........our president would say, if you did it, or know who did, or am harboring the mastermind.......we are coming to level you and destroy your entire country?

    sighs.........
    Last edit by CEN35 on Sep 12, '01
  7. by   MRed94
    Rick,

    It is a darned good thing I am not the president. I would have pushed the button by now, I think.

    So much sadness, and so much more anger.

    I feel as you do.

    Marla
  8. by   Andy S.
    Hang in there, we all wish we could be there to help. We are all donating blood even on this end of the nation. I feel as though I am doing nothing but gawking at the TV, in awe and horror. I praise you all for the awesome way you have all pulled together in this horrible event. We love you and pray for you.
    Andy
  9. by   rasunico
    The incident was really depressing. All i could do is PRAY for you and your family.


    Richelle
  10. by   canoehead
    My thoughts are with those in New York, and please know we are all here to help you in any way. If you need to bend a friendly ear, yell, cry whatever.

    I just heard from my family in Nova Scotia, the hospitals, hotels are moving to disaster mode to assist families diverted to Halifax and Sydney. They have crisis lines set up and my family called to offer the extra beds in their home. The lines were so busy with calls they couldn't get through. We are all there for you, on an international level. There are line ups in Canadian towns to donate blood. People even so far away are going through their day teary eyed, I can't imagine how those closer to the crash are coping.

    In Maine they are setting up to recieve NY patients at all the local hospitals. They have organized volunteers that are ready to go to NY if more staff are needed. They have sent crisis counsellors to the airport to help the staff, travellers, anyone else that needs to talk.

    I still feel that it doesn't touch what we need to heal world wounds. The whole world is shocked. Did anyone notice that after the crash, and in all that confusion, there were no looters reported, no rioting amazing, and heartwarming.
  11. by   radnurse2001
    Words cannot express the sadness I feel for the people of New York, Washington and the USA in general./ This is supposed to be a "safe" country. We do not practice terrorism and yet it seems to be at our back door. I can't tell you the horror I felt watching the palistineans dancing and celebrating in the streets. This is an outrage. I think Bush had better take a strong stand. All the people of New York and Washington are in my prayers. One thing I do think is "what comes around goes around" whom ever did this better watch out.
  12. by   Zee_RN
    The horror is unthinkable. The unthinkable has happened. I have no words.

    How could this happen? How could this NOT happen. We are a free country; that's gonna change, people. That scares me as much as everything else.

    One newscast I saw brought something to mind that I hadn't thought of. When we see what happened, that terrorists were able to strike us so devastatingly . . . what we DON'T know about, what we haven't seen, is how many terrorists attacks our government has intercepted and stopped, that for security reasons are NOT in the news. I have to think about that. I have to, for sanity's sake, believe that.

    My prayers, my thoughts for all of us here in America but especially for those in New York and D.C. My own mother is in Shanksville, PA and blessedly, unhurt.
  13. by   maryb
    My heart is breaking for everyone up there. We can only pray...and watch, hoping that more people are found alive.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  14. by   NRSKarenRN
    Barbara and all;

    Words cannot express the sadness in my heart over that was done to innocent people and the destruction of so many lives. We are praying for all and wising to send a big
    {{{{{{{{{HUG}}}}}}}}}} to comfort you.
    Karen

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