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Still a bit shook up and driven to drink!

Friday, October 24, 2014

As some of you may know, Ottawa, Canada, the city I live in, had a major event yesterday.

It is quite surreal to see Ottawa on CNN and NBC and all other American news networks. To make news worldwide is not something Canada is known for doing, unless of course it is for something like one of our stupid crack head mayors. emoticon

To be all over the Internet for a shooting taking place on our Parliament Hill is just bizarre. For Canadians, this is something that we see on TV and read about that happens to our friends south of the border. NOT us!

For me, what made it worse was knowing I typically work in the building right next door, yet I have been on sick leave since May so I wasn't there. My daughter's dad was and was in lockdown for hours...he wasn't allowed out until after 7pm.

My daughter suffers from severe anxieties so this was terrifying for her to see and hear about. Having her father be stuck right in the middle of it made it extra scary for her.

My son's father, who NEVER goes downtown happened to be sitting right nearby at a restaurant having breakfast with an old friend in town on business. He was in visual contact of everything. His wife, works downtown as was in lockdown as well, only not for as long. When I called to make sure he was ok, all I could hear were sirens and yelling. Very scary.

My son was at university, thankfully he doesn't go to the university downtown so I was confident he was safe.

My daughter and I listened to the radio from 10 in the morning until we went to bed, just hoping to hear that it was all over.

We saw videos that were taken and heard recordings as well, it was bone chilling to hear these shots ring off in a place that I commonly walk and visit with friends. The very grounds they were searching I have run many a time.

To think, I had just been in front of Parliament hill only a few hours before it all went down. CRAZY.

I suffer from PTSD and so this really freaked me out.

Today was easier, but it is still everywhere on the news and not all our questions were answered. Is there a second person they simply have yet to apprehend...nobody has confirmed or denied that yet, which raises suspicions as far as I am concerned.

My son who is pretty easy going is scheduled to go to a football game tomorrow evening. He is now fearful that this could be a place that something bad could happen at.

My daughter just sees this as a confirmation of why her anxieties are good.

I am stressed and saddened.

All this to say...I broke down, and had a Coke!! emoticon

But only one...and I will get back on my wagon and keep rolling tomorrow.

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    You're in my prayers! It's such a shock when tragedy hits so close to home.
    1984 days ago
    Good that your family is all safe. We all needed to take the time and check in on our families. Life in Ottawa is forever change, but I hope we can move forward without letting these actions cage us in. Stay safe and enjoy this beautiful city.

    1985 days ago
    LOL--- Was it a diet coke?----LOL-----That incident on Parliament hill was so awful!!!! ---Lynda
    1985 days ago
    One of my greatest fears, dreads and hates involves being stuck or trapped in an area - whenever I hear the phrase "shelter in place", my teeth almost become set and my blood almost boils, I swear!


    My best wishes, thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the fine people of Ottawa and Canada......

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    1985 days ago
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    Very shocking to those of us across the border. Prayers to the Canadian hero's family.
    1985 days ago
    emoticon I am so glad that you are all okay, but so sorry for what you are all going through, especially your daughter with her anxieties. I will keep you all in my thoughts! emoticon
    1985 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    emoticon So not cool, glad you missed it.
    1986 days ago
    I too am Canadian and although I live in BC it is still a surreal feeling out here. Thinking of you ...keep positive for your kids and for you
    Back on the wagon tomorrow
    You can do it
    You will do it!!!
    1986 days ago
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