I finally had to switch over to Little House on the Prairie. All the devastation and horrible stories they keep showing all over the news are just too much. The hospital situation in New Orleans is beyond belief. They are trapped inside because of flooding and looters attacking the hospitals trying to get at medications (narcotics). Patients are dying. They are out of water and food, and have no way of getting any more. They have move all the patients into the upper floors to protect them from the violence of the looters. And now, they are reporting that the nurses have started IV's on each other so that they can hook up IV fluids so they won't get all dehydrated.
They are starting IV's on each other and taking intravenous fluids because there is no water to be had and they are becoming dehydrated. I just cannot grasp that concept. I cannot imagine something like that happening. Nurses are also hand-bagging their intubated patients, because there is no electricity and generators and backup generators have failed, so it is either bag or let them die. People are dying anyway.
This is a tragedy, and could have been prevented. Bush took money that was specifically designated to repairing and upgrading the levee systems in New Orleans and sent it to fund the war in Iraq. This after his own agency, FEMA reported that a hurricane hitting New Orleans was one of the top 3 major disasters that could happen in the US. There was warning, there was a plan set up to fix the problem, and Bush gambled and sent the money elsewhere. Not to mention the fact that today is the 5th day after the storm hit big time, and they are just NOW getting the national guard there. 5 DAYS!!! Know why???--they have been deployed to Iraq. Great. The NATIONAL GUARD, whose responsibilities are to guard THIS nation are not here, they are somewhere else in the world, and the people of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama are paying the price. And people voted this idiot into office??