[nagdu] In the Wee Hours of the Morning

Rebecca Ilniski rilniski at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 08:37:03 UTC 2014

Hello Karen.  I'm so glad you are ok!  What an amazing boy you have!  Give him hugs for me.

Rebecca and Zeb
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On Jul 14, 2014, at 9:02 PM, Shannon Dyer via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:

I'm so glad you're okay! It sounds like you have an awesome boy! Give him plenty of hugs.

Shannon and the Acelet
> On Jul 14, 2014, at 7:30 PM, Karyn & Thane via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Last night or should I say early this morning, I was awoken to Thane hitting 
> his body hard against the back of his crate vibrating my bed.
> At first I thought he might still not be feeling well from the heatwave 
> effects, but he meant business and I could tell he was unsettled. He 
> immediately took me to the front door so after checking the back patio door 
> which overlooks the parking lot and ascertaining there was a big problem as 
> there were lots of flashing emergency lights out there, I harnessed him up, 
> leaving my apartment in my pjs (not even thinking about that little detail)
> The building wide fire alarm was blaring, but I was not privy to that being 
> deafblind. Thane has always been quite sound sensitive to the fire alarm 
> here, but this time, he was all business, doing what needed to be done to 
> save me.
> Once I got to my front door I smelled the smoke (still seem to have a more 
> heightened ability to use my sense of smell though) I had a really difficult 
> time getting through the two fire doors, but we did it. Once I got to the 
> outside door, a really neat gal grabbed and held it for me.
> I couldn't understand her. After I told her I was deafblind she immediately 
> began to fingerspell letting me read tactile from her (we didn't even know 
> each other before last night) She gave me really helpful information as well 
> as helping me to find one of my friends here which helped both Thane and I 
> relax.
> The sprinkler system did its jobon the fire in the unit one floor up across 
> the hall from me. The water damage is being dealt with on both the two 
> floors-- lots of work ahead, but everybody was OK.
> I am just so impressed with Thane's work. We've never had a situation where 
> I needed him more than I did while I was sleeping last night.
> Something changed in us last night. I realized just how much my wonderful 
> sidekick will do for me when danger is knocking at the door. We are both OK 
> (albeit a bit rattled from the experience)
> When the firemen were leaving the apt across the hall (lots of water damage 
> for them), I got to talk to them about safety concerns. They are entering 
> information I gave them into the 911 system so that they know to check my 
> apt for any emergencies as well as having critical information should I ever 
> need to call 911. It's something that I think is very good that I have 
> wanted to have done since I moved here. It might be something good for some 
> of you to consider as well.
> I am definitely putting together a go-bag after this experience. I want to 
> be ready to get out the door quickly while also having anything important we 
> may need in an emergency.
> The bottomline though is that I am just so proud of my little red head. 
> Thane totally ROCKED last night.
> Karyn and Thane
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