I just returned from 5 days in New Orleans to surpise my DH's Mom, who lives in Meterie and her home was spared, however she thought she would be all by herslef. HA!!! What a wonderful look on her face when all of her children and grandchildren knocked on her front door "Surprise!!!" It was great.
I was healthy flying there, took my airborne and other supplements to be sure and made sure I got plenty of rest. We toured the 9th wards, St. Bernards parish, etc on foot and took lot's of pictures and video. Even though the floodwaters are gone, there is cracked soot and debris, up to a foot deep in some areas and the dust was kicked up quite a bit.
Later that evening I developed the worst sore throat with fever and chills that has now turned into a deep, productive cough. I have been treating myself with OTC Mucilex and Advil but am going to try and get an appointment with my PMD today since I think I broke a rib coughing and am not feeling any better. Is there really such a thing as Katrina cough? Lot's of sneezing and hacking back there but folks seemed to function fine.
It would be interesting to track the long term effects of the exposure these survivors endured since much of the flood water came from the industrial canal and brackish lake water.
I will download and post photos later. Happy New Year Y'all!!!!!