I am sorry that I have not really felt like blogging or answering your emails. I am quite depressed but did want to say that I really do appreciate all of your comments and well-wishes for my husband's health.
I visited Voyt again in the hospital today and was quite distressed to find that his leg had greatly deteriorated. It is not a pretty site so I am sparing you the images. In all fairness, the hospital (one of Brisbane's best private ones) only has a skeleton staff and he was not given antibiotics or painkillers until last night after a doctor finally visited, which really was too late for his condition.
My brother's house in the river suburb of Jindalee was one of the homes lost to the flood. He and his family are safe but are trapped in the western suburbs and mobile telephone communications are not working properly although I was able to receive a text message from my sister-in-law this morning. My cousin's house is possibly lost too. She evacuated early and her house is located in Milton, one of the suburbs shown in this video.
Update: My cousin's house was a couple of houses short of the flooding line and my brother's house was flooded a little bit but not as bad as they had feared. Their neighbours had flooding as high as ceilings so they considered themselves quite lucky in comparison.
I am finding it impossible to think about work and driving to and from the hospital the last 2 days has been an eerie experience as there is no traffic on Brisbane streets. I am fortunate that I am able to stay along the high streets of the hilly Eastern suburbs. Our city really is a ghost town though. I am still in shock and cannot watch the TV coverage without tearing up. As a Brisbanite, it all feels quite surreal and I still can't believe that it has all happened.
I do want to say that I am grateful that we and our home are safe and to be living in the best country possible to deal with all of this disaster. Stay strong Queensland, we love you!
The best way to get flood relief funds to where it is needed most, is by donating directly to the Premier's Fund. I think that Anna Bligh, our premier (state leader), is doing an amazing job. Thanks Anna!