As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, my dear husband Jeff is a member of a medical emergency response team. Their primary responsibilities in these situations are to assist with patients that have been evacuated from hospitals. As we have had chances to talk this week I have been particularly burdened for these people. Can you imagine being critically ill in the hospital and being told you are being put on a plane and flying somewhere else for an indefinite period of time? As I'm sure you can imagine, an airplane (no matter how big or well equipped) can't match the care you would receive in a hospital. You are ill... many dangerously ill... and then placed on an plane with just the basics (a cot or wheelchair, oxygen, medical personnel) to get you through until you reach your destination. Jeff tells me many are in very bad shape once they are landing and have to be rushed as fast as possible to whichever hospital locally is taking in the evacuees. And, just when they thought it was done as so many had been evacuated prior to the hurricane making landfall, there are now additional hospitals evacuating as they have no power or water. It brings me to my knees.
Please join me in praying for all those effected by Hurrican Ike and particularly for the many medical evacuees. I just can't even imagine. And, if you feel led, please remember Jeff and all the others that are doing everything they can to assist and care for so many that have been touched by Hurricane Ike.