A few weeks ago I thought it was scary when my house suddenly shook and awoke me around 3 am. But that was a few seconds. Intense and rattly but short. Today's earthquake scared me to death! Wow. And I am new to this whole earth quake thing. But my fellow Cali natives freaked out as much or more than I did. I happened to be at work charting at my computer when something rumbled. It is weird that I heard it first then start to feel it. Being inside a 5-6 story building doesn't calm the nerves. All I could think about as the hanging lights shook was how many floors would they have to dig through to find me!
Seriously though, this was a loooonnnngg earthquake. Just as it started, it faded, then got stronger and stronger. Even the Drs I was sitting by started motioning towards the door to RUN! I always thought people were crazy that they felt motion sick after or queasy. And honestly I did feel sick afterward. Probably a combination of adrenaline, panic, the walls and everything moving around you and just fear that results in the yucky feelings.
I couldn't help but think that the hospital was the last place I would want to be in a natural disaster as a Nurse. Why? Because I would be STUCK there. They would make you stay and help with the influx of tramas.Also, what am I supposed to do about my 250lb slug a patient who can't walk? Carry her down 3 flights of stairs and out of a building that might collapse in a matter of seconds? I know that sounds terrible and selfish, and yes it is. Am I terrible?
Naturally my first instinct was hoping my children and husband were okay.My stomach turned a little until Brandon finally answered the phone with a " Woah! did you feel that!/ Hah! it was Crazy!" Typical. Anyhow. We are all safe for now in Quaky Cali. And I have a finally resolve that my 72 hour kits are going to be finished this week!!