Thursday, September 10, 2009

Where Were You on September 11?

Where were you on September 11?

I was upstairs in the board room at work and we had the giant screens turned on CNN. The emergency doctors who are our board members were there from all over the US and we watched as the second plane flew into the tower. I was supposed to fly to Barcelona, Spain, on September 12, the next morning and I turned to my boss and our CEO and said "my husband does not want me to fly tomorrow" and they said "You are not going." Later, of course, they grounded all the planes for two or three days, and no one flew anywhere.

Our house is about 15 minutes from DFW International airport and it was so strange not having planes fly over the back yard. The skies were so quiet and it just felt like the end of time.

I stayed on email all day that day with my editorial board members who are emergency doctors in New York. Dr. Wyer told me they were waiting for the ambulances to come in, but none came because there were no survivors. He said you either got out with minor injuries, or you didn't get out at all. Another one of my bosses, Dr. Newman, was flown to the crash site in Pennsylvania but of course there were no survivors there, either.

I just wanted to be home with Carlos and the pugs that day. I think a lot of people just wanted to be with their families that day. What a sad time in our history.
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