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    Oh also I woke up with a really bad stress ulcer the day after we found out about the looting and my lip was so swollen that I looked like a chimp. I'm on broad spectrum antibiotics so I'm also having to deal with some horrendous side effects right now. It's way down this morning though so...
  2. K

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    We got some of our stuff back! The insurance company finally let the recovery team start pulling stuff out of the building for people after it was looted on Tuesday night while the THREE security guards on duty all slept in their cars. We lost all our salvageable electronics and a lot of other...
  3. K

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    Another update, we're now good in the hotel until May 1st. This is a HUGE deal and people have finally started finding places. The people from the apartment right next to ours had a friend who surprised them with an RV and they've found a place to park it that comes available on May 1st. Our...
  4. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    So update time. We are still in the hotel, now they're saying we have until Saturday but since every single landlord in town has decided our whole building is "high risk" no one has found anywhere to move to yet. We're at the two week mark and 1 family out of 43 has moved to Alberta to stay with...
  5. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    At least I would feel like she was there for me.
  6. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    Thank you to everyone for all the things you're saying. I'm still venting and hurting and scared but I don't want anyone to think I don't appreciate the support. I think my biggest challenge today is facing the fact that my genetic family just isn't there for me. 19 years ago my aunt's house...
  7. K

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    Everyone is so stressed and at each other's throats. I feel like a chew toy that two dogs are fighting over trying to keep my family together. Every time we go outside or there's an ad on the hotel tv for something we had it feels like we've lost everything all over again. I've been spending a...
  8. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    We may have found a place! But we won't know for at least a few days and if we get it it'll be a June move in and it's double what we were paying. But it'll be brand new!
  9. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    Oh also my favorite rat blog is sending us a package of hammocks for free to replace the ones we bought in December. I bawled. If anyone has small animals that use hammocks and hides, look up ratpotatoez on Instagram and Tumblr, she is an amazing human being and deserves your business.
  10. K

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    Stepson asked to go to stay with foster parents while we try to find a place, we agreed that being somewhere familiar and stable while we're in the hotel trying to figure things out was a good idea. Within 12 hours he had bolted to stay with friends. We're in contact with him and his friends...
  11. K

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    Island health has had people here on non holiday days and we're already connected to mental health services, but the timing is awful and with covid as well it's all a mess. Also there are 85 of us so, I mean, they're trying.
  12. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    Had a nightmare about running down an endless hallway banging on doors and screaming at people to get out but my voice was gone and the doors were made of pillows so no one could hear me. This is not going to be fun.
  13. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    Another day. It's slowly getting easier. Someone on our floor of the hotel got informed last night that they had found her kitten's body and she started wailing. I wish there was something I could do for her. Please please please sort out an evacuation plan for your pets. Do it today. If we...
  14. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    We've just been informed that there won't be any attempt at recovery for anything. We've lost everything. The paw print paintings of all our old pets and their ashes, my entire craft and jewellery business, my grandmother's locket, it's all gone even though the fire never got anywhere near it...
  15. K

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    That sounds good in theory but we have no opportunity to do that. Their assistants or property managers hear Pacific West and they hang up on us. We're talking about the kind of people who don't bother themselves with talking to little people personally. We've briefly spoken to a lawyer. Their...
  16. K

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    There are people organising a donation drive for furniture and stuff once we're all in housing, and there's a government agency that deals with things like this. We got $200 each for clothing and toiletries from Superstore, which we managed to stretch pretty well with their clearance racks...
  17. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    Turning us away like they are is illegal here but because none of us have the money to take anyone to court over it, it's one of those only illegal on paper things. If we were to try to fight it all they'd do is say there were other reasons that are totally legal. With covid the rental market...
  18. K

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    We're in BC Canada. Our building was de facto low income housing. Privately owned but the tenants were all people who would be in low income housing if they were eligible. People with disabilities but no kids, new immigrants, students, non-traditional families, the kind of people who slip...
  19. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    Multiple people have been told to let the rest of us know not to call about certain rental homes now because the landlords don't rent to people like us. As soon as someone says they're from our building, their references and history don't matter, they're not getting in. Out of 40 households, one...
  20. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    I don't know why but this hit me really hard. Thank you. The donation drive has found a rat cage for us already. We're going to put our two old men in it since our solo boys come out of their evacuation carriers more often to socialize with us. (If anyone out there knows rats, no we don't...
  21. K

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    Thanks so much guys. I do feel better after some sleep. We spent the first day running around getting clothes and stuff to keep us sane like meds and books and colouring pencils for some reason. Yesterday was more running around. Mark has clonazepam for emergencies and stubborn panic attacks and...
  22. K

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    Thank you guys so much. We just got back from sitting out at the beach eating McDonald's (cried because they asked me what kind of bagel I wanted then cried harder because they had it) and I took a couple of the clonazepam our doctor gave us to help. I think i need to sleep again. I feel like i...
  23. K

    Write a happy story in 3 words

    It never happened I was dreaming It's not real
  24. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    I'm getting the guilt. I'm the strong one, I keep the family safe. That's my one job. I make sure everyone takes their meds and eats and hydrates and I keep them safe. I keep thinking that if i just hadn't gone to see if it was real it wouldn't have been. How stupid is that? I'm breaking down...
  25. K

    Other Our apartment burned

    Someone in our building left a bike leaning against a heater. The tyres ignited and exploded. His apartment was as far away from ours as possible in the building but we lost everything anyway. We're in a hotel. I can't flush the toilet because the pipes here scream like the fire alarm. My...
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