Most of you don’t know I was the victim of TWO floods last year: one was the big Nashville flood in May of 2011 and the other was when a washing machine hose broke and pumped 2,900 gallons of water into my house overnight last October. My dog and I had to move into a tiny room in a Microtel which we thought would be for a few days, and it turned into 9 months as the contractors tore out the damaged floors from the October incident and discovered massive damage under my house to girder, support beams and joists from the May flood. Yes, I had FEMA come out in May and they told me I had no damage. FEMA does not go into crawl spaces, which is the only place my damage could be seen. The tiny Microtel room did not accommodate enough space or electrical outlets for my computer, so I could only use it when I was at my gutted house, and then only occasionally as the workers often had to unplug it and move it, and for long stretches of time there wasn’t enough flooring to set it up. So I could only write on occasion, while workmen sawed and hammered or while I waited for contractors to show up. The worst part was my dog almost died due to the stress of the move, coming home every day to a house with no floors where she couldn’t run into her favorite rooms, and having to stay with me in the house all winter with no heat as we waited for workmen. She stopped eating, stopped drinking, went blind and deaf, began to have seizures and dropped 1/3 of her body weight — all between Christmas and New Year’s Day (the weight loss started before Christmas). She is now doing better, and a little of her vision even returned, but it has been a long road to get the little dog back on her feet — literally. She couldn’t even walk in January, and the only way I could get her to eat was to start feeding her people food, but she is now doing much better. We moved home last month because insurance had paid all they were going to for the room, and they sent me home with no washing machine, no dishwasher, no microwave, no oven, no blinds in many rooms, and other lack of living quality. However, I have been able to get my computer set up and to have longer blocks of writing time, so I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As one by one, half of my appliances have come back or been purchased, it means fewer trips to the laundromat, and less trips out for fast food. Hopefully you will see more of me on Seekyt now, and hopefully I will have more time to read and comment as life slowly returns to normal. There is a lot of painting, installation of last appliances, wallpapering, etc. as well as pack in of all the boxes in storage left to do, but hopefully that won’t hold me back nearly as much as the past nine months have! Thank you to everyone who has commented and Tweeted my articles. It has been a real encouragement as I have tried to get back into the swing of things. I look forward to slowly becoming more active in the Seekyt community in the future. Incidentally, my 2 floods helped inspire three of my Seekyt articles: Top Ten Benefits of Vitamin B12 Shots for Dogs Five Fast-Food Restaurants That Sell Low-Salt Burgers & Why You Should Care How to Prepare For a Power Outage In Tennessee
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.