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Update September 2, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

For what it’s worth, I am posting this e-mail message which comes from a friend of a good friend of mine. I do not know the writer or the doctor about whom she speaks, but I thought it would be a way to spread her message. John and I have donated to the Red Cross and our church is taking a truck load of baby supplies to Houston.

Love to all,
John and Lucinda

Dear Friends and Family,
I got a call from my husband, Dr. Ross Judice of Acadian Ambulance
and Air Med Services, at 4:30 AM. He has been working at the medical
triage center at Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans since noon
yesterday and is working in tandem with FEMA operations. In fact he
is in the headquarters as I write this, coordinating with the command
center. He asked that I get this message out to as many people as
possible.
The airport is now full of over 2000 sick and injured patients. Ross
says that people are dying at a rate of 8-10 an hour in there. More
people are coming in by the hour and. FEMA has as yet no plan to
evacuate these people.
Ross has already talked to his CEO, Richard Zuschlag, about the need
to get large aircraft (747's or the like) into the airport ASAP to
fly these people out to medical centers around the country (Louisiana
hospitals are filling up). Richard is working on this. Ross asked
if I would put the word out to see if ANYONE has contacts that might
help Acadian Ambulance in this effort.
In addition, they are in immediate need of stretchers with wheels,
litters, and medical golf carts with the extended bed on the back. I
know this is difficult logistically for people far away receiving
this message, but you have any contacts that might be able to
facilitate getting these items to Louisiana today PLEASE do them.
Locally, Ross said that Richard Zuschlag is looking for volunteers to
be bused to the airport to simply help carry patients from
helicopters to into the airport over and over. You will need to come
self-contained with all your own food and water, as well as something
to sleep on (if sleep is possible).
Ross is supposed leave for a few hours today to come home and sleep,
then is returning to New Orleans to lead the medical part of an
operation planned to rescue more people from New Orleans East. He
says there are at least 3-4000 more people trapped in the floodwaters
that they are trying to rescue. Thousands more are coming out who
will be in need of medical attention. If people are not moved from
the Louis Armstrong Airport, there will be NO place to put them. The
USS Comfort is on the way to the coast of Louisiana, but if it
doesn't arrive today many, many more people going to lose their
lives. Ross
If you have any contacts acquire the above equipment immediately,
Ross asked that you email me first and I will put you in contact with
Acadian Ambulance:
Please provide:
1) Your name and/or company
2) Exactly what you are able to provide
3) When you can deliver it to Louisiana (if you can get it to
Acadian's headquarters in Lafayette, they can transport it the rest
of the way...obviously the airplanes need to go directly to New
Orleans :)
3) How we can reach you
Thank you all for your support. I know you, like me, feel helpless
as we watch this debacle unfold.
If you need to reach me by phone, my numbers are 337-896-0225 or
337-849-7891. The phone service is spotty in Louisiana, so the most
reliable way to reach me is by email at this time.
Robin Judice


Update September 4, 2005

Dear Friends and Family:

Not since 9/11/01 have we felt like we feel now. And that was certainly a different scenario. Perhaps now we have even heavier hearts than we did then. We do not mean for this website to be a political venue, but for now we must speak out.

We lived through our own personal hurricane of sorts. We were helped by so very many people and institutions; we know that we would not be here today without that help. We were not “chosen” to get sick or “chosen” to survive as best we can tell. Who really knows how things happen. But we know that it was people on this earth who certainly had a lot to do with our survival. Every day now Tull gets up in the morning and experiences huge pain in trying to get his new legs adjusted. He has had to get back in the wheel chair and that takes a toll on both of us. Rare is the morning when we wake up and do not both think about how life might have been if we had not gotten the plague. There would have been many other things to worry about, but not the specific problems we now have. Point is that there is always something that will shake us back into knowing how damn lucky we are and how there are so many who have way less at any given moment.

It seems that now we must all try to pitch in to take care of those who have survived this recent incredible blow by Mother Nature which was ignored by our current administration......our “culture of life” president who apparently values some forms of life and not others.

Our previous posting which included a message from Dr. Ross Judice proved to be quite accurate as he was quoted throughout a New York Times article on Saturday stating the exact same things that were included in the posting.

We believe in giving to the American Red Cross and have done so. Our church has taken a role in trucking baby supplies to Houston and we have contributed to them. We will continue to do what we can because we believe in giving back. There is no other way.

Love
John and Lucinda






September 6, 2005

Dear friends and family,

We hope everyone had a decent Labor Day weekend in spite of the tragic events in the south. Yesterday we packed up the car with food and dogs and drove up into the mountains for a peaceful picnic.

Tull’s legs are gradually starting to feel better. There are moments when they are too painful to walk on, but those are becoming fewer. It’s all a process. Have a good Tuesday.

Happy Birthday to the Hogues and Julie Anne.

Love,

John and Lucinda


September 7, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

If anybody out there thinks its easy being a bubonic plague survivor who is living with a septicemic plague survivor who is also a bilateral amputee, well take it from Lucinda Marker that it is not all that easy. There are times when one would like to wrap her arms around her lovely spouse’s throat and practice the Heimlich maneuver. We believe that a big part of our story is how a couple survives through thick and thin, but believe you me (as they say in the mid-west) when our tongues get thick the going gets really tough. But we think that is all part of co-mingling for any length of time and that many of you will relate to these feelings.

In the meantime, we are approaching the weekend of Fiestas here in Santa Fe. That is when we celebrate the re-conquest of the Spanish over the Pueblos Indians. Not something one would initially think about celebrating, but after 400 years we have all come to terms with our history. Our huge regret is that our very favorite food stand “Pig Boy Willy’s” is no more. We used to gorge ourselves on Pig Boy’s carne adovado burritos. Alas, we will have to satisfy ourselves by marching in the Pet Parade Saturday morning. We will post pics.

Love to all and keep the support going for the Hurricane aftermath,

John and Lucinda


September 8, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

We just received an e-mail from our dear friend Roy Spence. He and Judy Trabulsi spent the other day with Former Presidents Clinton and Bush, along with Senators Clinton and Obama at the Astrodome and Reliant Center in Houston. Roy said it was a day that none of them will ever forget. The main purpose of the visit was to announce the fund which has been set up to attempt to help the thousands who are so desperately in need in our country. (http://www.bushclintonkatrinafund.com )
At the announcement, Walmart contributed $30 million.

Love,
John and Lucinda


September 8, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

We celebrated our dear friend Julie Anne’s birthday last night. At 51, she is much older than Lucinda. And let’s not forget that the much older Houges are also having birthdays right around now.

Lucinda is a youthful 49 until this Sunday. Guess what? She is having a little difficulty accepting the whole thing. And now there will be no Pig Boy Willy burritos at Fiestas this weekend to console her. Somehow she must tough it out.

Love to all (especially those 50 and over) and keep the Katrina support going!

John and Lucinda


September 12, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

A birthday of extra special magnitude can challenge any marriage, let alone one that has survived the plague. Allow Lucinda Marker to say that she is still so in love with John Tull that she cannot say much more. But there is much more to come.

Love,
Lucinda and John


September 13, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

John Tull planned and pulled off a great birthday celebration for his ever grateful half a century old spouse. He gathered a few close friends and hired a limo to take us all an hour or so north of Santa Fe to one of the best and most beautiful restaurants in northern New Mexico. He also purchased very goofy hats which he made everyone where. We will get pictures on the website ASAP.

Love,
John and Lucinda


September 25, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Lucinda (the 50 year old) just got back from a quick trip to Ohio. (Sorry Darla, but I was way busy dealing with the mother and grandmother….next time). Anyway, Lucinda made her poor mother sick and had to take her to the ER in fear of a possible heart problem. We should know that the women in this family have organs as sturdy as French farmhands and in fact Mrs. Marker’s ticker was about as sound as they get. Mind you, this nearly 81 year old woman has never been in a hospital EVER since September 11, 1955. So it turned out to be a bad case of an upset stomach and all’s well that ends well. It was an interesting time in the ER as there was a punk rock festival going on right across the street so the other ER patients were pretty heavily pierced, tattooed and self-medicated and were admitted with various injuries from diving into mosh pits (???). You know, head injuries, broken bones, cut lips and over-doses. The doctors and nurses all asked Mrs. Marker in jest if she had been over at the festival.

The Tull legs are getting better, but it is taking time. We literally and figuratively walk on pins and needles around this house because we know how serious a real leg set back could be. This business of making and fitting legs is quite an art.

As always, great to hear from our pals (welcome back Mary Sq. and Brenda). We do not stop thinking of our fellow Americans in hurricane country.

Love to all,
John and Lucinda