Thursday, March 17, 2011

What a Time They've Had.

That's right, they don't smoke on purpose because it's their house that smoked and soaked. A few weeks ago my 2nd cousin Steve in Austin decided to make a deep fried turkey, like I often do. The only differences between myself frying a bird and Steve is that I don't use propane and if I did I wouldn't do it on my back porch. See where I'm going with this folks? The good news is that the house he owns with his wife Danielle and their 2 sons(I hope they don't learn to cook from daddy) is still in one piece but a bit dark in a few spots and smells like a wood smoker has been placed in the kitchen. Oh joy, Danielle is off her chain over this because that house 'was' her pride and joy for the past 8 years. I'd then been searching around for them for some fire and water damage restoration companies because their water damage insurance agent is as useful as a piece of dried wood. I guess he figured that unless you lived in Corpus Christi you had no water worries, wrong! I found a few that can handle smoke damage in the austin area as well as dehumidification austin area services as well.

I really feel bad for Danni and the kids though as it's been a huge disruption in their lives, not to mention the scare they had not knowing if they were going to have a home to go back to after the fire. Fortunately, the austin fire dept did a remarkable job in suppressing the conflagration and kept the damage isolated to the kitchen area of the house. However, smoke knows no boundaries when it comes to permeating the walls and furniture in adjacent rooms. That brings me to the final, and most effected, area being the smokey water damage. I don't know how bad it really was as I haven't been able to get to see them since the fire but I do remember when the downstairs kitchen of the 2 family house I grew up in in the north caught fire. Even the upstairs smelled like smoke for weeks and there was no damage at all on our floor. I digress as I've spoken of this before. The steam cleaning restoration company I found that can clean smoke, as well as water, damage for austin residents said it wouldn't be a problem as that's what they do every day.

I hope that before I get to see them they don't have a tornado to boot and have to deal with wind damage, unless it clears all the smokey essence from the house. I doubt it though. I know the pro's can do it better than I can but every little bit helps.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I Remember the Old Ones.

A close friend of mine went into an outpatient clinic for a small surgical procedure. The condition that they entered into having this done was that they needed to be put to a twilight sleep. I went in the back with them while they were being prepared for their appointment with the surgeon and was surprised at the nurses in the back, both men and women. The scrubs of old were gone and all these new, colorful scrubs were everywhere, even with the male nurses. I remember as a child that the hospital was white and the world had colors and that was that. White was the ONLY thing that was clean and sterile to wear. Looking at the guys the last thing I would have thought was that they were mens scrub uniforms, mainly because of the way they fit and how they looked. They looked like vacation clothes. I even saw an orderly wearing olive green scrubs. I asked him if they were comfortable and he said that the old style was okay but the newer ones breathed a lot better because of the breathe-ability of the natural fabric as opposed to the synthetics of the past. I think this would work because they're always looking for some new ways to lift the spirits of the patients. Nothing looks more depressing than everyone in the same scrubs.

I really feel for the patients in the recovery area where family or close friends tend to be while the patients come back around for the trip home. This is a tough time for most patients since they usually have an IV in one arm, an oxygen cannula in their nose, and they're trying desperately to keep their mind off of what they just went through. Who wants to see a nurse sweating next to them, it starts making you think there might be something wrong them.

Even if they made some of the older styles with better fabrics that would be a plus for them. Remember that service people service better when they feel better! There was even one nurse with scrubs flare pants on, which I thought was pretty cool since I grew up in the flared jeans days. It may seem a small issue to some but little things add up when it comes to patient morale. I say "why not?".