Where were u 9/11/01? - page 10

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   Searchangel
    I had worked night shift in ICU, and had received a call they needed a substitue teacher at the local high school and had ran home to shower and change. I would later learn that the principal that called me that mornings brother had parished in the attack. I had students asking for answers that I did not hold. And what I remember more was the urgent desire I had to get to a phone and call everyone and tell them I loved them, because no one knew where the next attack would be.
    I sat tonight as they were showing footage and went back to that time and the fear, the tears and the heartache that felt by nation as a whole. I wondered how many of those families, wives and children were sitting and thinking that was the last night they got to hold their loved one and tell goodnight and that they loved them. And then I thought in the days that we live in, we could be the next to look back 5 yrs later...
    Last edit by Searchangel on Sep 11, '06
  2. by   rn/writer
    I'd had surgery to repair a badly damaged broken ankle on 9/7. Couldn't manage stairs so I slept on the fold-out couch in our living room My husband had been taking care of me since I'd gotten out of the hospital two days earlier and, let's just say between the pain and the meds and the difficulty of finding a comfortable position that kept my foot elevated and the logistics of trying to maneuver to the bathroom in a wheelchair with my leg in a huge cast, I was not the best patient.

    Dh had experienced a bit of compassion fatigue the night before and we were both feeling kind of snitty when he went up to bed.

    I awoke in dire need of pain meds and the bathroom. Struggled into the wheelchair and had to hop the last few steps as the w/c didn't fit through the bathroom door. Was wallowing nicely in my sorrows when the phone rang. I heard my husband come down the stairs and remember feeling vulnerable because I couldn't close the bathroom door with the wheelchair in the way. I also felt grubby and annoyed and the last thing I needed was to be seen in that condition.

    I told him to stay back and he did. But then he told me a plane had hit the Pentagon. Caring soul that I am, my first thought was, "Why should I worry about some idiot who can't keep his Cessna in the air. Besides, that place is built like a fortress."

    Our oldest daughter had called from out of state and told us to turn on the news. I got myself together and wheeled back into the living room just in time to see a replay of the first tower collapsing. Shortly afterward, we watched the second tower come down in real time.

    The whole scenario seemed surreal even before I took my pain meds.

    We spent the rest of the day totally absorbed by the news coverage. I still felt awful but my personal pain seemed so unimportant. I would eventually get better. Those poor people trapped in the doomed planes and buildings would not.

    We called our kids who didn't live at home and told them we loved them. And we prayed. And we watched hour after hour of coverage. We just couldn't turn the TV off.

    Not that night but the next, I slept through the time I should have taken my pain meds. With the TV on in the background, I dreamt I was trapped in the rubble at Ground Zero. I could hear the rescuers working to free us, and I wished they would hurry because squirrels were gnawing on my ankle and it really hurt!

    My physical pain is nothing compared to the horrendous suffering that occurred on that day and those that followed. But it did add an interactive twist to my perception of the whole experience. I feel like I was there. In a way, I think we all were there for a time.

    I wish the unity that arose out of the tragedy was still in effect. It was nice while it lasted.
    Last edit by rn/writer on Sep 11, '06
  3. by   DDRN4me
    How true that it is a day that no one will forget.
    I was at work in an elementary school...the cafeteria ladies had a radio on and came out crying...told us what they had heard. we couldnt keep a tv on in the classrooms but the principal put one in her office . we snuck in one or two at a time to see what was happening.
    My dh had flown in to Logan airport 2 days before from a business trip..,and to this day swears that one of the hijackers was in the row next to him:uhoh21:
    dd#1 was working in Disney...she called to tell me they sent her home as Disney was closed as it was presumed to be a potential target.
    dd#2 was in HS, went to my brother (who is a teacher there ) and sat in his room to watch.Her bf (now fiance ) called to tell me his commander had told him to pack his bags and sit by the door ; that he would be mobilized ...didnt know when or where but he should stand by. he came to my house and sat with bags packed for 4 days waiting......He is now completing his tour of duty in Iraq.
    Our town lost a couple of people; one whose daughter was a close friend of mine...we had been with him at a field hockey game the saturday before.
    several other people, including one of the pilots, lived locally.
    One of my patients had died the week before, and we buried her on the 10th. thought that was one of the saddest days of my life...until the next day.

    i did go to ground zero a couple of years ago, on July 4th. still makes me cry just thinking about it. I am having a very hard time this year, dont even want to go to work . Just praying for those who lost thier lives and thier families. as well as those who are serving to protect our country from another horrible act such as that.
  4. by   CseMgr1
    Quote from mandykal
    Wow, this is amazing...see how we're all affected by this. All the posters have one thing in common, we all knew what we did that whole day.
    Yes, and it was just like the day that JFK was assasinated. I was in the 7th grade (see how OLD I am??), and my class had just returned from recess. We were waiting for our History lesson to start, when our teacher dashed into the room and gasped: "President Kennedy's been shot!" I remember my blood just turning cold as my classmates looked at each other in disbelief. That quickly turned to horror, when our teacher returned a few minutes later and announced that JFK had died. I will never forget the look on his face, the collective gasp which followed and how frightened I was. All I could think about was the Russians attacking us next and killing us all. And I couldn't help but wonder five years ago today, if the terrorists were also going to do the same. A very eerie feeling.

    P.S.--My oldest grandchild was born on the 36th anniversary of JFK's assasination: 11/22/99.

    Last edit by CseMgr1 on Sep 11, '06
  5. by   LuvMyGamecocks
    I was taking my mother to the airport for a flight to Washington DC the morning of 9/11. She was going to a conference thing for the Vietnam memorial. We heard bits and pieces of what was going on on the radio (on our way to the airport), but it made my mom nervous, so we turned it off. We got to the airport (flights hadn't been cancelled yet), dropped her off....

    It was on my way back home that I realized what was going on, so I turned around to go back to the airport to keep her from going on the plane. Security wouldn't let me in..told me to turn back around, that no planes were going anywhere yet. It took them 6 hours to let them out of the airport...

    My mom was nearly hysterical (as were the rest of our family, knowing where she was supposed to go).....her original flight was about an hour earlier than when she left, but she didn't want to connect in ATL, so she changed to a non-stop flight the day before. God bless her for doing that. Then again, I would have driven to Washington that morning to get her if I had to.....

    Yeah, it's creepy how so many people remember where they were on that day. It's still a raw, festering wound for so many. For me? I'm glad my mom changed her flight.
  6. by   FLAgal14
    I was working for the federal government in Bethesda (a suburb right outside of DC) on 9/11. I remember walking to work I had my discman on and I was listening to the radio and I heard about the first plane hitting the WTC, and I thought it was an accident. Than I got to work and was preparing work for the day and heard about the second tower being hit. Everyone in the lab ran into the staff room to watch the TV, we were glued to it and watched as they reported that the pentagon was hit and that all federal employees had to evacuate. It was crazy - everyone started freaking out - we heard there was a 4th plane that was hijacked and that DC was probably a target. It was mass chaos getting out of the facility as everyone left at once and nobody wanted to go on the metro. As a few of my coworkers and I were leaving the building we heard the fighter jets above - it was very eerie and not a sound that we were used to hearing. My roommate at the time was working in downtown DC and she had a very hard time getting out of the city to our apartment and I was worried for her all day until she got back. I had a lot of friends that lived in NYC and I spent the whole day trying to contact them but the cells weren't working there and I was calling their families to make sure they were OK. What a change that day was - the next day the metros in DC had military police everywhere and you couldn't get into our building without being searched, your car searched... it was definately a day that changed America.
  7. by   mercyteapot
    Today is my birthday and the birthday of a woman who used to be my co-worker. This woman immigrated here from Mexico, and at the time, she still wasn't quite fluent in English. I walked into the office, all ready to wish a Happy Birthday to us, and she was sitting on the sofa in the waiting area, pale as a ghost. I asked her what was wrong, fully believing she was about to tell me someone I knew was dead. When she told me about the Towers, I thought she must have misunderstood. We turned on the radio, and I discovered that it was just as she said. I hadn't heard because I never bothered to change the radio station from Radio Disney, which my son had been listening to as I drove him to school. Everyone else started filtering in and our boss at the time called and told us to go home, we were closed. But we're going out for our birthday lunch, we protested (another co-worker has a birthday on Sept. 14) Fine, but not from the office, you're not, was the reply. We did end up going to lunch at Acapulco, where the atmosphere was very subdued. I think we were still in shock, because looking back, it was not a day to be celebrating anything.
  8. by   suzy253
    Yes, and the eerie silence in the skies with no planes flying afterwards.
    My dear friend is an air traffic controller covering the northeast and he obviously was involved in communications and getting these planes down. Something happened to him that day--he still cannot and will not discuss it.

  9. by   Pedi-ER-RN
    I was on a travel assignment about 40 or so miles outside of NYC (Long Island). I was sleeping in preparation for night shift. When my wife woke me up that pm is when she told me she had something to tell me and then she turned the TV back on for me. Will never forget that day as long as I live. Alot of emotions.....I worked with staff that had family members that were NYPD and FDNY they didn't know if they were alive or dead, also some had family that worked in the twin towers.
  10. by   madwife2002
    Do you know I went to NYC with my friends xmas shopping and they wanted to go to the World Trade Centre site, and there were people there selling photographs in the street like ticket touts-they didnt come near us again!!!!!!!They weren't selling them for charity unless it was their own
  11. by   tgoodwinrn
    I was working at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. My office was in major crosswalk so everyone was stopping in to see what was going on. The thing that I will always remember was that just about every ethnic/religious group was represented in our office as well as professionals...M.D.s, medical students, R.N.s, auxillary staff and the general public. We all knew what was happening to our country at that particular time. I was extremely sad but at the same time proud to be with such a diverse group. Everyone's heart was in the right place on that morning.

    Thank you all for remembering those lost as well as honoring the heroes.
  12. by   ohioln
    I was at home watching TV. It was really horrible, SUZY 253, I really appreciated the link. It's so sad.
  13. by   InfRN
    It was just after 3 pm here, I was in the car with my ex, A. on the way to a high street pet store to get something or other. I remember the news was on the car radio and the announcer came on with a sketchy report that a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers. The naive mental image I got at the time was that of a small cessna-like plane having a freak accident grazing one of the buildings. Both A. and I have been over to visit NYC several times and I have enjoyed a most elegant and luxurious meal in the Windows on the World restaurant at the top of the North Tower of the WTC.

    Once out of the shop with purchases in hand and in the car again, the reports on the radio came in more detailed and all normal progamming was cancelled. We rushed home to turn on the TV and were in complete,utter shock as we watched live the events in NYC unfolding. I didn't turn off the TV for several days, I literally lived on the couch. I just sat there, terrified, watching the different footage over and over, thinking this is the end of life as I have known it up till now.
    Last edit by InfRN on Sep 11, '06