Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hurricane Ike

Sad news today. This morning, the entire island of Galveston prepared to evacuate. The projected path of the hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico looks to be right on target to hit us. It may or may not, but the mayor and hospital administrators aren't going to chance it. We all rose a few hours ago and have been coping with gravity! No easy task when trying to pack to outrun a lethal storm!

So, here we are, Back on Earth. We are sad and disappointed, and it's hard not to be angry at the weather -- because of course we all would have preferred to finish our studies. Deron and Kjell, who had been down a shorter time, were driven to the airport and will fly home. Devin, Marcus and I may have health concerns now, because we've been head-down longer, and will require rehabilitation.

We three are now sitting upright, having a meal together and awaiting medical vehicles to arrive and drive us to a hospital in Austin, where we will continue re-conditioning and physical therapy.

We took some group photos this morning as we bid the staff farewell. We're pretty bummed NASA couldn't get more data out of us, but we're all pleased that many of us hit good milestones where our tests will be added to existing databanks.

The priority right now is simply to outrun the monster storm. So please keep all the good folk of the Texas coast in your thoughts and prayers, and we'll all check in again when we have an internet connection again!

24 comments:

barbie2be said...

i am so sad to see the study end, but glad that nasa takes the storm seriously and has your safety as its main concern.

looking forward to the updates on recovery from being head down.

take care and be safe!

Elizabeth said...

What a bummer! Sorry to hear the news, but glad that they were able to salvage some of your test results and use them. Stay safe, and good luck adjusting! I'll miss the posts!

Kratesis said...

WELCOME TO AUSTIN!I live in Austin and have been following your interesting blog. I'm sorry you couldn't finish the study, but they did get useful data out of you, and its better that ya'll be safe than stay and finish the study! Hopefully once you get further into rehab you can enjoy some of Austin. Good luck!

mantic59 said...

Will NASA let you "restart" the study at a later date?

AJ said...

Oh damn it. I'm sorry it had to end prematurely. I thought I had read somewhere in your blog that you guys could have your beds wheeled out in case of an emergency. Since this emergency is well anticipated, couldn't they have wheeled your beds out to ambulances or helicopters and then set you down in some other hospital rooms in mainland ? I'm just asking because it would've saved a lot of days (and money) worth of science studies.

ActingUpAgain said...

I was going to ask what Mantic asked, but adding, "While it was a unique experience for all of you, would you WANT to do it again?"

Glad you're all getting to safety.

Loki said...

I am very sorry for you.
This unique experience ended too soon. Of course safety is always the first thing.

not2bright said...

Dreams and hopes dashed. So sorry to hear it, but trust something very positive comes out of it.

Interesting that it happened on 9/11. Kinda puts it in perspective, I hope.

Your blog has been a joy to follow. Don't give it up! Keep us posted on your next adventure...

God bless!

Kerry said...

stay safe!

Mark- TCM said...

That's a great shame. It sounded like a really worthwhile study and I do hope you will get the opportunity to continue these studies in the future.

ZwedishPzycho said...

Sorry to hear that your study ended prematurely. Would you consider coming back for a second attempt at the whole thing? Would NASA let you?

SB-Gal said...

What a bummer for you all!! I'm so sorry. Be safe and check in when your settled in Austin.

Be Safe!

Patrick said...

So much for getting to meet you and getting to my Screening over there this weekend. I wonder how long I'll be stuck waiting to get there this time - and how many more blood tests I'll be required to take when my current one expires.

Sound Man "G" said...

Bummer about the testing being halted, but safety first in cases like this. I very much enjoyed reading the blogs and seeing what all new things they were doing. Be safe while getting used to being "back on earth" and trying to evade the storm.

Thank you for providing an insight as to what kinds of things astronauts would go through while in space for long periods of time and then returning to earth.

Hope to read the follow-ups in regards to the rehab.

Christy said...

Well...crap. Be safe. At least you can blog about the hurricane when you get back to the internet. I bet it was weird to just stop laying down. Hey the good news is that you can have chocolate and pizza again :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm with everyone else - this sucks and I'll miss reading your blog! Good luck with everything!

supermoose33 said...

Best wishes, Pillownaut! I hope the evacuation goes smoothly, the hurricane loses steam, and your rehab is quick and painless.

On the bright side: Now you can have cake on your birthday! :-)

Anonymous said...

Sorry to see it end but I want you to be safe-Rocky

Anonymous said...

Sorry to see it end but I want you to be safe-Rocky

NotSoccer Mom said...

ditto and ditto. i'm thinking about you and glad you made it out on time. sounds like the forecasters were right for once! at least you can be with family and friends on your birthday!

James in Houston said...

Dry in Houston so far. I know that they advised a mandatory evacuation of Galveston, but hoped you would be able to stay!
There is a fire nearby UTMB right now - so it got me up to check your site.
It's been a real joy to share this journey with you, I know you are disappointed it can't continue, but glad they are keeping you all safe!

kitty said...

I am so sorry you didn't get to see this amazing study out! I am sure there will be other adventures in your future with NASA and I for one will continue reading!

I am also pleased that everyone is very safe.

ImmigrantUS said...
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ImmigrantUS said...

Surely sad that study is not completed and you will not get satisfaction from full accomplishment... but your bones are safer now! Wish you full recovery, and I'm sure you'll take it seriously.
On another hand, can someone please explain to me - why America has oil refineries in the Gulf states, and NASA it's Testing Center there as well? So it can be conveniently hit by hurricanes and occasional tornadoes?? Is there legitimate reason to have such important facilities in this historically dangerous zone? Not enough safe states? North anyone?
I just hope there are no major homeland security bases there. If NASA can justify it, than all the rest sure can follow...