Letter to Bill O’Reilly re evacuees

Comments on the following letter are welcome.


Subject: Louisiana Evacuations & Shelters

Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2008 05:3 1:31 +0000


           Hello Mr. O’Reilly,


           I am a nurse who has just completed working approximately 120

 hours as the clinic director in a Hurricane Gustav evacuation shelter in

Shreveport, Louisiana over the last 7 days.  I would love to see someone

look at the evacuee situation from a new perspective.  Local and national

 news channels have covered the evacuation and “horrible” conditions the

evacuees had to endure during Hurricane Gustav. True – some things were

not optimal for the evacuation and the shelters need some modification.

           At any point, does anyone address the responsibility (or

 irresponsibility) of the evacuees?

           Does it seem wrong that one would remember their cell phone,

 charger, cigarettes and lighter but forget their child’s insulin?

           Is something amiss when an evacuee gets off the bus, walks

 immediately to the medical area, and requests immediate free refills on all

 medicines for which they cannot provide a prescription or current bottle

 (most of which are narcotics)?

           Isn’t the system flawed when an evacuee says they cannot afford

 a $3 copay for a refill that will be delivered to them in the shelter yet they

 can take a city-provided bus to Wal-mart, buy 5 bottles of Vodka, and

 return to consume them secretly in the shelter?

           Is it fair to stop performing luggage checks on incoming

 evacuees so as not to delay the registration process but endanger the volunteer staff

 and other persons with the very realistic truth of drugs, alcohol and weapons

 being brought into the shelter?

           Am I less than compassionate when it frustrates me to scrub

 emesis from the floor near a nauseated child while his mother lies nearby,

 watching me work 26 hours straight, not even raising her head from the pillow to

 comfort her own son?

           Why does it incense me to hear a man say “I ain’t goin’ home

 ’til I get my FEMA check”  when I would love to just go home and see my daughters

 who I have only seen 3 times this week?

           Is the system flawed when the privately insured patient must

 find a way to get to the pharmacy, fill his prescription and pay his copay while

 the FEMA declaration allows the uninsured person to acquire free

 medications under the disaster rules?

           Does it seem odd that the nurse volunteering at the shelter is

 paying for childcare while the evacuee sits on a cot during the day as the

 shelter provides a “day care”?

           Have government entitlements created this mentality and am I

 facilitating it with my work?

           Will I be a bad person, merciless nurse or poor Christian if I

 hesitate to work at the next shelter because I have worked for 7 days being

 called every curse word imaginable, felt threatened and feared for my personal

 safety in the shelter?


           Exhausted and battered but hopefully pithy,

           Sherri Hagerhjelm, RN

Published in: on September 18, 2008 at 11:52 am  Comments (2)  

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Welcome to Socialist America in 2008. Four generations of entitled Americans who take no responsibility for their lives.

    We learned from Katrina, maybe we will learn from Gustav too.

  2. Fastidious replies in return of this difficulty with firm arguments and describing everything concerning that.

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