Man in hospice care adds perspective to power outages

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Posted on September 2, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 2 at 10:41 PM

Juan Kincaid / Eyewitness News
Email: jkincaid@wwltv.com | Twitter: @ juankinc4

METAIRIE, La. -- Gerard Kenney, 79, has more important things to look forward to than the lights coming back on.

“What can you do about it?” he said. “My time is limited. So I just take one day at a time.”

Eventually, and sadly, Kenney's expecting to see that guiding light, the one that'll lead him back to his wife of some 30 years. She died from cancer back in 1993. Kenney's suffering from the disease as well, so much so that he's under the care of hospice

“My bone marrow has shut down,” he said. “It's not producing platelets and they can't give me anymore blood. It's not working. So my days are numbered. Whether this is hurting my health, I have no idea. I’m turned over to St. Joseph’s home care and they're going to be taking care of me from here on out.”

So excuse Mr. Kenney if he's not up in arms over nearly a week without power in his house.

If anything, he offers a calming voice to those that are.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that there's nothing I can do about it. Just take it one day at a time.”

On Kenney’s street, Chopin Court, power was lost during the wee hours of Tuesday morning. And since, Entergy trucks have been hard to spot in the neighborhood

“I know there's been a lot of frustration. Let's face it, we're dealing with people that have not had power since Tuesday,” said Bill Mohl, president of Entergy Louisiana. “They're going on day five without power. A lot of frustration.'

When the sun rose on Sunday, Entergy said just over 100,000 customers were without power in Jefferson Parish. They expected to cut that number in half by sunset.

But all of these numbers being thrown out amount to nothing more than lip service to everyone in this community, because they haven't had power since Tuesday.

“It makes it hard to believe what they're saying,” Kenney said. “They're fibbing to everybody.”

Kenney was born and raised in New Orleans but has spent the majority of his time in Metairie. Some of the highs of his life were spent on stage, 30 years of playing drums for the Belltones.

But he's also survived the worse that's come through southeast Louisiana. To him, Isaac was just another hurricane, just another hiccup in life

Perhaps that's why he's able to take it all – Isaac and his ailing health – in stride.

“I’ve been through it. I’ve lived it. I feel sorry for the young ones that have never experienced this before. Somebody else is looking over it and hopefully it will get worked out.”

 

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