Thursday, June 30, 2011

Power Outage

Sometime around Noon, my sister, Jane, called to tell me she could see huge billows of black smoke from her store.  I hit the 'net and eventually discovered that a transformer had caught fire in East Mesa.  Her store had had a couple of brown outs, and then lost their power just about the same time we did here, 2:15PM.


It was only about 105 at the time, so the house was relatively comfortable, as long as you didn't open a door and didn't move.  The temperature in my bedroom topped out at 89.7.  Around 4:30 ish we called our power provider, Salt River Project, and asked if they had an estimated time when the power would be restored.  Remember, I have an oxygen concentrator and my CPAP which I really do need to sleep well.  The person on the line was lovely, especially considering how hot it was, and how unhappy many of their callers must have been.  He said the current estimate was 2:30 AM.  Ai carumba!  


Well, I do have an O2 tank, which I am not sure I even know how to use, but I would do my best, if the need arose.  But it was so uncomfortable and I was having problems breathing.  I am currently doing a breathing treatment as I type; figuring I'd better do it while we HAVE power.  I am guessing we might lose it again before the day is out.


Of course, as I am typing this, you will see that their estimate was not very good, thank the gods.  Power was restored about 6:30PM.  Oh the joy of Central Air.  Although, frankly, I would have been happy for just a functioning item that would have gotten air flowing through the house.  I wonder if there are chargeable fans for sale anywhere.  Must check Amazon.


I confess to quickly grabbing a sparkling water from the fridge during the outage because my iced tea went fairly quickly once the heat rose in the house.  Oh, Nancy took one of my chemo hats, soaked it in water and I wore that for a while, and it was great! :)


At least I had started work early, so when the power went out, I had already gotten my eight hours of exciting numbers crunching completed.  It really IS exciting.  I have fun. :D


Tomorrow we're having an Ozone Health Watch and that smoke didn't help, and of course wildfires still rage around our state.  So, send some good juju our way for continued power so I can run all my breathing thingies, especially my nebulizer.  Yeah, I can of course go to a local hospital if necessary, but you KNOW how I feel about THOSE places! :D


Love to all, keep cool, and give out some hugs!

3 comments:

  1. Sending all sorts of power-and-breathing good thoughts your way!!!

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  2. Oh God that happened to us about 3 years ago. The air conditioner went tits up. We have household insurance just for situations like that. It was August as I remember. We ended up spending 2 weeks staying with friends cause the numb nuts they chose to fix it kept messing up and getting the wrong parts. The insurance company were less than sympathetic, they obviously have not been in AZ in the middle of summer, it sucks. Needless to say we changed companies.

    The weekend is upon us again and it is looking good up here. I have just been out sitting in the yard and it is heaven. Chris is in the pool. My grandson is on his way to SC with a schoolfriend and family so it is nice and quiet here right now. Just having a cuppa at the mo.
    Take it easy Tequila and sending good thoughts for your ac to stay on.
    Fay in the family room

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  3. The boys and I lost power close at 2 and it came back on at 9:45. It was a long day. :( Boy are we glad that the electricity is back on. :)

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