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DemonWolf
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I am back to work as of yesterday. My home computer is still not hooked up yet (Don't know if it works, it got wet).

The damage is pretty small in terms of price and to the house. I just had to throw away alot of things that were very sentimental. Like a gigantic teddy bear that we bought for Joseph (stillborn) and save for Will. I am sad that Will will never get to play with it.

Also, there is much self blame. Being a new house, I didn't know what steps needed to be taken to prevent this. The former owner covered the sump pump hole with a material I have been calling "cement board," it is like drywall, but made of cement. Having never seen it before, I though that that was the bottom of the stairwells and discovered the holes by accident. I managed to get pumps sunday morning only because Lowes in Woburn didn't open until 8. The pumps were fairly ineffective until I found the holes.

The part that is killing me is that I am great in a crisis. I did great and held up admirably (accorning to my uncles who abandonded their Mother's Day plans to bail me out, pun not intended) while in getting the pumps running and clearing stuff away to prevent the damage. Now all that is left is cleanup. I am not good with cleanup. I am far too easily distracted and end up giving great effort and accomplishing little. I was supposed to have gotten meds for my ADD last week, but there was a complication. Apparently ADD meds are usually stimulants and it is not a good idea to give a guy with a heart defect amphetamenes.
This leaves me with huge piles of stuff that needs to me moved and I me too easily distracted to do it.

Example: I was to clear out the baby's room to mop the floor with bleach. I start clearing out, putting stuff in the living room. I see something in the living room that attract my attention (a wet box of pictures). I empty the box of pictures, throw away the ruined stuff, and go to look for new dry box. I see that the something is leaking of the bed. I move that into the laundry room. The washer and dryer aren't running, so I switch laundry. Now it's dinnertime and I haven't finished anything.

The baby is sick, he seems to have a cold. He's cranky and uncomfortable, so my wife is upstairs with him and I am working alone.

I am just very frutrated.

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Yeah, ADD sucks. I'm on meds and I still get distracted (although not quite as bad as I used to). I don't know if it will work for you but what I used to do (and still do because its easier for me) is keep a notebook with me and write down what needs to be done. I found that if I concentrate on the notebook and not what I see, I could get things done better. I just added the things I saw to the bottom of the list.

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DemonWolf
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Actaully ranting here has made me feel much better.

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Rant away, DemonWolf. Most of us aren't in any position to help you in the real world, but we surely can read your posts, sympathize and wish you the best. Could the teddy bear be taken to the dry cleaners?

Best of luck to the rest of you folks, too. I can only imagine how frightening it is to be in the middle of a flood, even if you didn't have to leave your home.

*big hugs*

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If you can't get the giant teddy bear dry cleaned, or if it's not appropriate, how about putting it in the tub with a little mild detergent, and stomping on it for a while? It will help get it clean, and help you release a little frustration, too. Probably it'll take a few days to dry, but then a hair dryer and a big-toothed comb will fluff it up.

Hope you can get everything dried out, and that your son feels better soon. Let us know, 'k?

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giant teddy bear: take it to the laundramat and use a double or triple load washer.

Don't worry, Demonwolf. I did the same thing after an apartment fire. It's completely understandable and from what I saw of the others in the complex, very typical. One thing that helped me is when my brother said "Ok, what we're going to do is move all the furniture to this part of the living room." and we did. Somehow someone else telling me just that one thing to do, made it much simpler.

Another thing I've learned is that losing stuff isn't nearly as traumatic later as you thought it would be. Though I got rid of nearly 50% of my possessions, I haven't in the past two years found that the loss of these things has made any impact on my life. It's amazing to me that I ended up just walking away from a ton of stuff that I'd carted around for years and just said "eh". And never looked back. It did, however, prompt me to start putting all of my family photos on CDs, and make copies for my brother. And always keep a flashlight by the front door.

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quote:
Originally posted by tribrats:
Thats near where we were last night. Yeah, they were/are getting hid hard. My Dad is in Milford and they are getting pretty wet too.

momto4+, if you happen to peek in, how is the Sou doing down there?

Ok Im a little late here. The Souhegan by Veterans Bridge (the one that goes to North River Rd) was real high. Wilton wasnt so bad because of the dam by the Mill (on 101)
Did you see the report on the news on Tuesday night? Lone kayaker (drunk as a skunk) decided to go down the river on 31. Lost his paddle got to sure went back in to find his paddle. Water rescue neccessary. My hubby was working spent 4+ hours out there.

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No, I didn't hear about the kayaker. Doesn't sound like the smartest fish in the school. Dad said that Osgood tried to merge with the back yard though. Fortunatly, it didn't work.

Down in the park below the bridge is where my step-Sis had her wedding.

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We are up on a hill so we didnt get any problems.
Friends of mine in Milf had flooding basements.
Amherst-Boston Post Rd was bad as usual. Souhegan High flooded a little.
Wilton Co-op was cancelled on Monday because L'boro was flooded and they cancelled school there so no high school classes.
The elementary here still had school but attendance was minimal.
I have 2 in the co-op and 2 at the elementary-I kept them home.

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.....And its pouring again.

Mine didn't have school Mon and Tues. They were very glad to get back on Wed. I'm betting the drive-in flooded. Thats usually one of the first places to flood.

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Strangely enough it didnt flood that bad. And nobody evacuated from the trailer park right there. Which usually happens with alot of rain.
Not raining here yet!!!! ***fingers crossed***

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Yeah, I remember an icy, wet winter (maybe around '83ish?) when ice chunks the size of buicks were all over the drive-in when the river flooded. I should see if either of my folks still have pics.

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