Where were u 9/11/01? - page 7

They only reason I'm starting this thread is b/c where I was on this date will forever be memoriable to my nursing career. Just 1 or 2 phrases to tell where u were at the time of the attacks.... I... Read More

  1. by   lsyorke
    I was working as an agency nurse at a local hospital, about 15 miles from NYC. I saw the whole thing on TV while washing my patient. Within a half hour we were on "disaster alert". They announced to the staff how many days of supplies we had on hand, and that no one was to leave. We were expecting casualties.. sadly none arrived.
  2. by   nuangel1
    i was working in icu and i was caring for my pt .we were not full that day and i saw a few people staring at 1 of the pts tv's ,at first i didn't think anything of it ,then all of a sound a heard gasp and oh my god looked up saw people crying and covering their mouthes in shock.then i realized something was going on i turned tv in just in time to see 2nd plane hit wtc .we were all so stunned .some of the staff had friends or family in or near wtc it was scary because they couldn't get thru.i spent that evening and next days glued to tv whenever i could.i prayed for everyone involved.i and my mom were supposed to fly to ireland for a 12 day tour on the 12th of course didn't happen but we did fly out that weekend once air traffic resumed we had a blast .we never know what the next day brings!
  3. by   catlady
    I was working in a SNF in CT on 9/11. We were starting morning management report and the ADON mentioned that a plane had hit the WTC. At first we wondered if it was an accident. Then we heard there was a second plane and we knew it was no accident.

    During the day we, like everyone else, heard what was going on in bits and pieces while we tried to do our job. By mid-morning, the DNS and administrator called the managers together and told us we were on emergency status. We were asked to discharge as many residents as possible, as we were expecting to receive discharges from the hospitals so they could take in overflow from NYC. We did get two admissions that day, but of course the overflow never happened as there were mostly just deaths. I was supposed to be running a care plan meeting but the coverage was right there on the TV in the room and I finally said, "I can't do this," and we adjourned.

    I remember one of my residents complaining that her TV reception was out for several channels, and why couldn't I fix it? Of course, the obvious reason was that these were the channels based in NYC and their transmission towers were gone. My biggest worry throughout the day was not for my residents, who all seemed just fine, but that the schools would send kids home. I wanted my kid in school with other people rather than being sent home to an empty house when we had no idea what was going to happen next. I don't remember any of the residents ever talking about 9/11 at all, not even among themselves.

    Not long after 9/11, some idiot got baby powder on the floor in the staff bathroom and they had to call for a HazMat cleanup--anthrax, y'know. That wasn't much fun, either.
  4. by   LoriAlabamaRN
    I was at work as a surgery scheduler, my grandmother called me and told me, I ran into the surgeon's lounge, we got the TVs on and we all cried. Three weeks earlier, I had been eating lunch at Windows on the World at the top of the WTC. I had gone to NYC on a vacation with the man I was dating at the time. Ironically, on the morning of 9/11, I had picked up my photographs from that trip, including many with the towers in the background as well as many taken inside the towers. Three weeks to the day. I was devastated, but I realize just how fortunate I had been.
  5. by   58flyer
    I was driving to work that day and heard the news over the radio. A week later I was part of a team sent to assist with rescue efforts. Did 14 hours shifts in Ground Zero. I don't think I will ever forget what I saw there.
  6. by   JBudd
    We were on vacation in Idaho and Montana, 3 states away from home on a car trip. I had just come out of the motel shower, and demanded to know what horrible thing my kids has picked to watch, and didn't really take it in when they said "Mama, its real!" Their eyes were so frightened. Then the second plane hit.

    My dh had died 2 years before on 9-10.

    We spent the day at Custer's Last Stand, very very eerie, quiet countryside, huge and silent blue sky, no sounds at all except the wind in the grasses around all the stones marked "a Union soldier died here" or a "a Cheyene warrior died here", scattered over miles of the hills and fields where the fighting had ranged. The men were all buried where they had fallen, which is why they know today where to place the markers.

    Eerie, eerie day. My throat kept closing off.
    Last edit by JBudd on Sep 10, '06
  7. by   catlady
    Quote from LoriAlabamaRN
    Ironically, on the morning of 9/11, I had picked up my photographs from that trip, including many with the towers in the background as well as many taken inside the towers.
    We had gone to NYC with my child's Girl Scout troop that summer, and I had taken many pictures of the Manhattan skyline from where we stood at the Statue of Liberty. I didn't get the film developed until after 9/11, and all my pictures that included the WTC were missing.
  8. by   Diva Nurse Dani
    I was working for an Insurance company at the time. I remember first thinking someone with bad directions flying a plane. But when the second one hit, I thought..."these people are serious!"
    It wasn't until the pentagon plane hit that it became real to me!
    I remember we had to clear the phone lines to shut the sysytem down. I got a call from a customer about their car...I said due to the current events, the office will be closing for the day and this person would have to call back.
    This idiot told me, "I don't care about what's happening in New York. What about my car?!"
    I learned alot about people that day!
    I was glued to the TV until about 2 am the next morning. It was like I couldn't pull away fearing I'd miss something, but all I saw was the planes hitting the buidings, people jumping from buildings, and clouds of dust and rubble wiping people out!
    I will never forget that day as long as I live!
  9. by   oneLoneNurse
    In front of my computer drinking coffee at work. A co worker came over to tell me.
  10. by   NurseCard
    At that time in my life, I was in my very first semester of nursing school.

    At the very time that I found out about the attacks, I was actually in bed after working night shift. My husband came in, woke me up, and told me that someone had just flew a plane into one of the WTC towers.

    After that I woke up and went and watched coverage on TV for a while. I was very scared and sad.
  11. by   tara.danley
    The world will never be the same in so many ways...the war we are now fighting will never end...oh the human condition is a miserable thing to contemplate...
  12. by   Geena
    Driving home from the supermarket - heard it on the car radio. It sounded so absurd I seriously doubted my english skills at that time. Drove home and asked my friend to turn on CNN to see if there's something odd going on in the world. I could not even verbalise what I had heard on the radio - it was so unreal that I seriously doubted myself. We watched in silence - did not speak for a long time.
  13. by   GatorRN
    I was at work. I was in an ICU room in complete isolation garb doing a dressing change when the first plane hit. We turned on a portable TV someone had in their locker at the nurses station to watch when we could. I was in another pts room when the second plane hit. What a shocker, and a day I'll never forget!

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