Friday, March 18, 2011

One Week Later

It's hard to believe it's been a whole week since the earthquake and tsunami. Who would think a 9.0 earthquake would only be the beginning of this disaster...

Yesterday the base announced the beginnings of voluntary evacuations for military families who want to leave. They say for now we're still safe with regard to the Fukushima nuclear plant, but at this point it's a quality-of-life issue as the base's resources are dwindling, more and more focus is getting put on recovery efforts, etc. The future up here is very uncertain and it's possible that there will be some tough weeks ahead. We won't starve or freeze, but we might be a bit uncomfortable. I can live with that, so I've decided to stay. I'm confident that if radiation conditions worsen or a more obvious threat begins to affect Misawa, they'll get us out at that point. For now, there's that whole "for better or for worse" thing and while a hot bath and long hugs with my friends and family sound great, I don't think I would enjoy those things much knowing Corey was here all alone.

I think my contribution to the functionality of things around here is going to revolve around helping with childcare as daycare centers and other childcare options dwindle when people leave, and local (Misawa and Hachinohe) cleanup efforts. I don't know what's going to happen or what we'll have to deal with over the coming weeks, but I know it'll be far less than most in the region, so I'll be thankful for what we do have every day.

My heart still breaks so much for Japan.

9 comments:

Stefanie K. said...

You're amazing. Huge hugs. Stay safe and warm, and take care of each other. Xoxo.

Emily said...

Your contribution will be huge. Japan is lucky to have you.

Marianne said...

Emily's right. Japan is lucky to have you and your husband is lucky you're staying with him. I'm sure that you'll feel better that way, although it must be tempting to come home to family.

andrea said...

You are so strong and so amazing. Take care of yourself and each other. Thinking of you both.

Bethany said...

Thinking of you Patty. That man of yours is lucky to have you. ;)

Elaine said...

Patty thank you for taking such good care of my son. You're amazingly strong and I sooo appreciate your dedication to Corey . Not only is he and japan lucky to have you but we are as well! I love you and thank you for keeping us posted on what's going on!!! Xo

Michelle said...

Thinking of you everyday and I'm so glad your community has you to help out. Stay safe.

Hilary Mercante said...

I feel so incredibly fortunate to call you my best friend! Reading your blog gave me chills because it just reminded me of the type of person you are. You and Corey are lucky to have each other. You are so brave and selfless and I'm sure your efforts will help many people. I am so happy you are both okay and I love you soooooooo much!!!

Philly Girl Abroad said...

This has become a defining moment in your life. You've been in my thoughts. Best wishes to you and Japan in the weeks ahead!