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Although patient vignettes are based on my experiences with real individuals, I liberally change details to maintain patient confidentiality.

I also reserve the right to change old postings to correct errors, and to delete comments that include obscene language or that I deem abusive to me or other commentators.  If you are looking for a open mind, I suggest you consult a neurosurgeon.

Katrina Blog Project

The Katrina Blog Project was an eleven-day memoir which recounted my personal experiences during the days immediately before and after Hurricane Katrina landed in St. Bernard, Louisiana. I consider the project open-ended, meaning I may add to it from time to time, but the eleven daily postings which ran from August 26 to September 3, 2006 represent the core of this project.

Each posting is titled according to the day I sought to recount. I tried to relate my thoughts and emotions as I felt them at the time; some of these feelings would change in the months afterward as new information came in. 

Note: For easier navigation, at the end of each entry I have added a link to the next entry, so it is not necessary to come back to this page each time. 

                    Introduction: Katrina, One Year Later

                    Friday, August 26, 2005

                    Saturday, August 27, 2005

                    Sunday, August 28, 2005

                    Monday, August 29, 2005

                    Tuesday, August 30, 2005

                    Wednesday, August 31, 2005

                    Thursday, September 1, 2005

                    Friday, September 2, 2005

                    Saturday, September 3, 2005

                    Closing Poem: "Katrina"