Wow - I love Stacy 's spirit. Here is what I've put out today on PMOM
People - it is worse than what you think it is. I've been talking to health
professionals in that area and they need help - and I mean more than money.
They need doctors, nurses, MAs, techs etc... willing to donate a few days to
relieve them. Some of them are working 20 hours a day. Per HHS and CMS
and the Feds - - - It does NOT matter where your license is. During this
emergency, YOU can practice in TX, LA, MS and the surrounding areas to help
out - and trust me when I say they NEED help.
But - not just for the medical providers either. If YOU have a generator
you're not using - catch a trucker heading over towards East Texas or any of
these states. I'm driving a 5kw generator that I'm not using (it does no
one any good sitting on my back deck) over to MS on Sunday in my pickup so a
doc can use it to try to reopen his practice. No - it won't power an
airconditioner - but it will take care of his refrigerator, lights, EKG,
computer and phones as well as a couple of fans.
If you have a trailer, camper, motorhome, 5th wheel, etc... that you're not
using right now - let someone use it. I have a 33 foot motorhome that I'm
donating for a family to live in for as long as they need it. A buddy is
donating his lakehouse for as long as someone needs it. These people need
help - but we don't have to sit back and feel helpless. We can help - so
let's all do it. We have about 30,000 folks in NE Texas right now living
in hotels, campsites, etc... - and I can't speak for the other states - but
I know we sure need places for these folks now and the governor has said
we're taking 75,000 folks and giving them places too.
If you don't know who to call to donate any of these things - then call me.
If you have a place you can let somone live in - call Texas Governor Rick
Perry's office at 512 463-5746. If you have medical equipment that you're
not using - take an inventory of it and let me know what it is. When some
of these docs try to reopen a practice in lower MS or lower LA, they will
need .....EVERYTHING! and they won't have money to get restarted either.
Think about it folks - alot of people not only lost all of their
posessions - but their bank account information, records, etc... as well as
their job. Once this gets past the emergency stage - there will be
thousands needing a job as nurses, MAs, techs - so if you know about jobs
that will help these folks - let's start some kind of way to keep track of
No - I'm not trying to replace the government as I believe they are doing
everything they can (I don't believe any of the crap being broadcast by CNN
and their accusations as they are scare mongers trying for ratings). I also
cannot believe the filth coming out of the New Orleans mayor's mouth. If
you want to see someone promoting racial hatred - just watch that bigoted
moron - but he's sure not helping. How can you have a MANDATORY evacuation
and then say that it's optional that people leave and why isn't HE driving a
bus of people out of there himself? Sorry - but I hate this kind of
garbage. Let's just help people and not expect miracles.
So - if you have something you want to help with - share it.
When you go to www.jcnationwide.com (company that the HHS hired to help),
you'll see that they have a desperate need right now to help these folks -
who could very easily be you, your son or daughter or one of your parents.
What would YOU do if it was your sister or brother down in one of these
states? Yep - you know it!
Oh yeah - one more thing. The Feb. 26 cruise to Cozumel, Belize and
Honduras we were going to do with the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Assn
and 200 physicians, insurance clerks, office managers and administrators....
is cancelled. It was going out of the pier in New Orleans. We will try to
put another one together for mid summer next year if we can - out of
And... Please go to _www.redcross.org_ (http://www.redcross.org)
donation - they will accept as little as $5.00 from anyone willing to
can specify the fund you want it to go to.
Don Self, CSS, BFMA
Don Self & Associates, Inc.
305 Senter Avenue, Whitehouse, TX 75791
903 839-7045 fax 903 839-7069
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Barbara J. Cobuzzi" <b.cobuzzi@...>
To: <CRN-L@yahoogroups.com>; "'Otolaryngology Coding Discussion Group'"
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 12:44 PM
Subject: [CRN-L] Update from someone living in New Orleans
>I thought you may find this of interest. The true spirit of New Orleans
> From Stacy Calvaruso
> Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 11:40 AM
> Hello Everyone -
> Thanks first of all to everyone for every thing - the prayers, offers for
> places to live, help with the business, encouraging words, etc. We are in
> safe place that has power.
> When I posted my last email a few days ago, I did not know how bad it
> was and truly did not understand what all had happened, we had no T.V. and
> very limited commuication. Well, now I know.
> As most of you can see, it is horrible. This is something that I never in
> my 38 years would have believed would happen in America. People are
> others over water, medicine, etc. At times we are all feeling desperate
> completely hopeless, but at times we just sit up and say, thank you God
> saving my life and my children, etc. Personally there are many that
> say that. I live outside of New Orleans, in between there and Baton Rouge
> and I truly am very lucky. Although 85% of my client base was in the N.O.
> and Southern Ms. area, we realize that losing this business is not as bad
> loosing our home and our children. We have so many family members,
> etc. that are unaccounted for and with this in mind I just cannot allow
> myself to have selfish thoughts.
> With that said, I would just like to let everyone know that we believe
> we will all survive, no - we wont have our business and that is o.k., we
> will have a home, car, truck and our children, something that thousands of
> my fellow Louisiana and Mississippi friends do not have. There will be
> other jobs and as that country song goes, "you have never seen a hearse
> a luggage rack".
> We consider ourselves extremely fortunate, but there are many others who
> are not. Yes the aid is slow in coming in, yes the government does seem
> be going too slow when it is a matter of life and death, and yes, there
> those desperate idiots out there turning to violence to get what they can
> live on (I dont even want to talk about the people stealing 40 pairs of
> shoes because they can!) but there are those who are saving the lives of
> their neighbors on floating doors, makeshift boats and rafts and there are
> those like you who are making such generous offers to allow total
> to come and live in their homes, work in their offices and get back on
> feet - that is what I want to remember at night when I finally find a
> spot to sleep. This is the lesson we need to take with us and this is
> our news media and fellow americans need to see and remember.
> From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much, everyone!!! We will
> our businesses eventually, (mine included) we will rebuild our homes, and
> will rebuild our "Big Easy".