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My son has been volunteering at Occupy Wall street the last few weeks. He has been working in the medical tent. He is an EMT, but there are all kinds of people there, doctors, nurses, paramedics...

Some of the people in the park now are true homeless, and are able to get medical care and warm food and clothing. But homeless or not,  everyone is dealing with the reality of a tent city in the winter in NYC. It is crowded, wet and cold.  People got wet in the rain, last night and then the wind came and the snow.  It was cold enough that dry socks and a space blanket could be a life saver, (or at least a toe saver.) OWS has enough resources at the medical tent to help small things, warm people up, and do triage. Every so often someone comes along who needs to just go to the ER. My son has done an awful lot of foot checking, blister fixing, and application of dry socks.

Anyway, he came home this afternoon, soaking wet from the slush and snow, fizzing with exhilaration.

I am proud of him. This may be what he wants from life.

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charliecochrane
Oct. 30th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
More power to his elbow. He's a star.
eglantine_br
Oct. 30th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
I love that icon! Yes, very proud of him.

Last night it was snowing sideways, really vile outside. I said, "It is going to be below freezing with 40 mph winds. This would be a good night to stay home." (I was thinking of him in the cold all night-- thinking as a mother.)

He looked at me in astonishment and said "That is why I have to go."
charliecochrane
Oct. 30th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
It's a great icon. I love the Groke. And I love your son. *g*
anteros_lmc
Oct. 31st, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
What an inspiring little post! The world needs more people like your son. I'm not surprised you're proud of him, I am too!

Hope you're surviving the blizzards!
eglantine_br
Oct. 31st, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Snow is over now. It is just cold--weird cold. I only remember a few years when we had snow for Halloween. Those were in the the 70's. I was a kid, and the whole decade seemed nothing but snow.

Son is home today. He has caught a cold!
anteros_lmc
Oct. 31st, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
I remember a lot of snow in the 70s too! Particularly round about New Year, never at Hallowe'en though. Stay warm :)

Son is home today. He has caught a cold!
Awww bless. Not pyrexia I hope?! I recommend a hot toddy (whisky, honey, cloves and hot water). That cures anything!
eglantine_br
Nov. 1st, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
I want one of those myself!
anteros_lmc
Nov. 1st, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
Did you try making one? I really don't like whisky but in a hot toddy it really hits the spot! Hope son isn't too miserable with the cold.
eglantine_br
Nov. 1st, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
He's better today. He even went out to Coney Island for his epidemics class. No pyrexia, just nose honking.

I do like whisky, sometimes. And having it hot sounds really intriguing. I bet it clears the sinuses.

I am making a big pot of chilli today with chorizo sausage. Not as exciting, but ought to help.

anteros_lmc
Nov. 1st, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
No pyrexia, just nose honking.
That'll be the Catarrhal Affection ;)

A hot toddy certainly does clear the sinuses, and everything else too! You can add fresh lemon juice to it too btw. Your chilli sounds like it will do the job admirably and very tastily!
nodbear
Nov. 2nd, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Anteros hot toddies work =I can vouch for their efficacy from my last years visit to chilly wet Glasgow:)

What fine news of your son also.
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