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    Posted December 23, 2012 by
    Queens, New York
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    Miriam Eisenstein describes Hurricane Sandy, a storm that continues to follow her, and thousands like her to this day.

    December 23,2012
    I was asked by a woman I met in front of the warming tent at St. Francis on December 17th if I would be so kind to check on a 93 year old young lady who was evacuated from The Bell Harbor Manor on the morning after the storm.She had been moved around a few times, first to the Armory in Brooklyn, then to The old Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, in Queens village.
    I took my friend, Linda K. Alpern,R.N. with me, not knowing if I would be allowed to visit her on my own, so having a nurse to check on her seemed like a good move.
    Inside the gates of Creedmoor, you can feel the age old energy of a thousand horrible things that happened to patients there decades ago.
    We were allowed in, and Miriam Eisenstein-Drachler, after a half hour wait came down to meet us.
    We took her in a common room filled with psychiatric patients, who for the most part, were not out of control, although, for some, that sounded like a heartbeat away.
    We found a little corner where I could stash her, and pull out the camera that I had hidden in Linda's nurses bag.
    She told me her life story, in a condensed 19 minutes, which I videotaped, and we asked her enough questions about how she was being treated, to believe that she was ok there, at least for now.
    During the past week, I have gone to Creedmoor to check on her 3 times. She, like many Sandy Survivors, is a woman with very limited financial resources.She basically has nothing but the clothes on her back, and the book that she is reading. She sleeps in a cot, as there is no bed. All of her belongings are still back at Bell Harbor Manor.
    On my first visit,I asked her if there is anything that she needed.
    Her only request was one pair of Panty Hose.
    On my second, and third visit, I brought her a few personal items, that she was reluctant to accept.
    She like many other Sandy Survivors, is holding on to her pride, in a world that has literally washed everything else out the front door.
    It is tearing a hole in my heart that Miriam Eisenstein is living at Creedmoor, and that over ten thousand people appear to still be without power and heat in Rockaway alone.
    Please watch this video. It's long, but not that long.
    Listen to this incredible woman talk about coming to America 80 some years ago,
    and know that this is the same America that in many ways, is turning a blind eye to her, and tens of thousands of others who have survived Sandy.
    If I had the financial means to help her, I would drive to Creedmoor today and get her the hell out of there, but I do not.
    So this 18 minute film is my public plea for someone, anyone, to find her a place for perhaps a month,
    before she is able to return to The Bell Harbor Manor.
    She is self-sufficient or does she need nursing care.
    I asked her if I could get her a place to stay, what would be her requirements.
    This is what she said-
    "My only requirement for living now is that I would be able to eat Kosher meals, and stay in a place that had a sense of community."
    Christmas Eve is tomorrow, so if anyone can step up to the plate on this, my contact information is on my website-www.dougkuntz.com

    Merry Christmas………….

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