New Orleans' Race Against Time

Want Greta's blog delivered directly to your e-mail box? Click here to sign up!

Add viewerservices
to your Address Book to ensure that you receive the GretaWire in your Inbox. Click here if you are unable to see images in the e-mail.

Today we are in Los Angeles. We have our cameras and are going to take you some place you have never been — and never want to go, unless you go as we are going (as a "guest.") Have you figured it out? Think hard — you might guess right.

In Wednesday's blog, I wrote about a colleague falling and hitting her head in the studio during a show the night before. She cracked her head hard and she had lots of blood to prove it. Many of you wrote me asking about her condition... and I have responded (see e-mails below).

As you know, many of us at FOX News Channel have taken many trips to New Orleans, during and post-Katrina. The best way we can convey the progress in rebuilding — or lack thereof — is by pictures and video. I have posted today some pictures taken by my colleague Adam Housley on a very recent trip to New Orleans. The explanation of the pics is contained in this e-mail from Adam (click here to check out Adam's photo essay):

E-mail No. 1

These are behind the scene pictures as the work on the London Street Canal in New Orleans continues 24 hours a day. This project alone is in excess of $30 million and it is only temporary. The ultimate plan is to build a grander project along the lake. This is a storm surge protection project. Storm gates and pumps are being built by M.R. Pitman Company.
My good friend Chris Laiche is a bigwig and his family has been in the area for generations. In fact, we used him on the air throughout the hours Katrina was marching towards the shore and his family's evacuation was live via phone. He and the many men and women on these flood/water/hurricane projects are working 24 hours, seven days a week trying to get these things done as quickly as possible. The first picture is from the water level, under a bridge built to hold cranes that set these massive parts in place. The second picture is a worker welding the canal walls to help withstand a 15-foot storm surge.
Once again this is the London Street Canal. They are building storm gates to stop the storm surge and also installing massive pumps to get the runoff out of the city. So, they have got to be dual-prepared: Stop the water coming in from Lake Ponchatarain during a hurricane, so it won't destroy the levee (happened with Katrina), at the same time they have got to get pumps to pump the water coming from the city out to the lake. Tough project, but one that's coming together.

As an aside, today is June 1 — do you know what that means? It is the start of hurricane season. It seems impossible that it has descended upon us so quickly, but it has. I hope this time around we are ready. I doubt any of us will forget what Katrina did... not just to New Orleans, but the entire region.

Now for some other e-mails:

E-mail No. 2

My hubby and I were followed by a bright glowing ball late one night coming back from a convention in Arkansas! I was driving the car on a stretch of country (2 lane) road and I saw a bright object; like the moon, but it was way toooo low and it slowed down when I did and it sped up when I sped up! It was in the pasture beside us! I got chills all over my body and my hubby couldn't explain it either! I put the pedal to the metal and got our butts home as fast as I could!
Sherri Heflin
Philadelphia, MS

E-mail No. 3

Dear Greta,
The impact of Natalee hit me hard while you and Beth discussed her room and you could see she was coming back to a very active and exciting life! There is no doubt in my mind after seeing her very detailed and organized life she would never have left that behind for any other lifestyle. "The Wizard of Oz" is a passion of mine also, so I could really relate to her collection... even her calendar. I am called Auntie "EM" by my niece and the connection I felt with Natalee was overwhelming! I know that her beautiful soul is somewhere over the rainbow... and her friend who described her dream and her feeling Natalee's arm was real for her.
Natalee, I feel, will receive justice. I pray for answers for her mother and father and family.
Beth may put on a great game face but she looks so drained and her weight loss is very evident. She is running on mother's fuel called "love!" I raised three daughters and they have all been blessed with children and a comfortable lifestyle and knowing Beth has been robbed of that is so heartbreaking. I will continue to pray for her and all the family and friends!
Thank you Greta for keeping this going... I know it will pay off! I just know!

E-mail No. 4

So, you took a paramedic class while in college, huh? Based on your response to this crisis (of hers), sounds like she went to the right office. Job well done.
Ted Wells
Shelbyville, IN

ANSWER: Ted, I almost failed out of high school as I struggled with chemistry... but I am pretty good with quick thinking when I see blood. My colleague, Debi, was taken to the emergency room and checked out. I don't know all the details except that she was given tests and then discharged... but only after she got a staple in her head. Yes, a staple in her head.

E-mail No. 5

Greta blogged:
"By the way, as she was bleeding in my office and as I tried to stop the bleeding, she seemed most concerned with the possibility that her skirt went up as she fell."
She must be quite the "lady." I hope she is doing well; it speaks highly of you that she came to your office. It must be the compassionate 'animal lover' (human included) side of you that shines through... a rarity from my association with lawyers. ;-)
I do enjoy the personal side of "On the Record," only seen through your blog. Keep it up.
Rich C.
Cincinnati, OH

E-mail No. 6

I hope she wasn't hurt badly Greta. Sounds like she cracked her head pretty good. In things like that, I always try to check and see if anyone saw me, then check myself. Call it a tad of ego-itis, even at this age.
Sankie Stallings

E-mail No. 7

How anyone could possibly send you this e-mail is unbelievable:

Since the Holloway case has been on your plate for a year now, isn't it wonderful we have another pretty blond white girl murdered!
This should boost your ratings, strangled with her own bikini top, with any luck this story could go on six months or better.
Walt Scheidegger
Crass doesn't even begin to describe it.
Keep up the good work. (I enjoyed the animals!)
Shirley Blizzard

E-mail No. 8

I just wanted to let you know how disappointed I was with your program last night. You were in Natalee Holloway's bedroom going through her personal items and looking at her duffel bags. I just don't get how this is newsworthy. Her disappearance is a great tragedy for the family, but I can't see why broadcasting when her stepbrother's birthday is has anything to do anything.
There are men and woman dying in Iraq every day, a failing president and a border problem that's only going to get worse and you find it important to find out how many scholarships she earned? How many missing children are there in this country? How about spending some time someone else who has suffered a terrible tragedy? I think it would be nice for you spend some time on topics that are appropriate and newsworthy. If you have new information on what the status is of the case, we would love to hear the developments. Until that time, stay out of people's personal space — especially the bedrooms of their missing children.
Mike Dube
Durham , NC

E-mail No. 9

Hi Greta,
I just read the blog today and as for Walt in TN and his comment: What a mean spirited man he must be! Why do some people continuously make comments such as these, using the "race" card? And I have watched your program many times and seen many stories of missing people and not just those that are white! I am 53 years old, but am still surprised, even today, at how mean and hateful and unsympathetic some people are and continue to be. I think what they need to be reminded of is, it's the public's interest in this case that keeps it in the news. And to Walt, try and wonder how you might feel if this were your daughter, your loved one. Or maybe that's just it, you don't know how to think of anyone but yourself.
Greta, keep up the good work, as always. And thanks for what you and the FOX team do.

E-mail No. 10

Hi Greta,
Good job with the ice... the scalp has so many blood vessels (hair needs them to grow, and to feed the multitude of nerves that are in the head to make muscles work), that a small cut can look like Freddy Kruger had been nearby — bigger ones look like a Manson job. If any blood gets on clothes or the carpet, hydrogen peroxide and a Q-Tip will get it out (used that on doctors' ties all the time when they'd been in to do something to a patient and didn't think to wear a gown — and it didn't leave any 'bleached out' areas. God forbid a nurse messes up a doc's tie!) Glad she ended up OK — bet she has a headache today — and if she lost consciousness probably ended up with a mild concussion — might be a bit out of sorts for a while (balance a little wacky, memory a little off, mild nausea). That's "normal." Better to bleed "outside" than inside the head.
Good she went to the hospital — any loss of consciousness can be tricky, either a "benign concussion" (I use the term benign lightly, since the brain gets scraped across the raggedy bones at the base of the skull, and can have microscopic damage that isn't visible on CT scans), or a bleed under the skull, that is either subdural (small ones absorb on their own- big ones need to be drained surgically — most folks do pretty well if it's done in a timely manner) or an epidural, which can kill, since they're faster bleeders — would have shown up by now, most likely, and force the brain down through the hole at the base of the skull, crushing respiratory centers that lie in the brain stem... nothing to mess with, obviously. If she's a guest who's around there, she needs to watch for changes in vision, vomiting without warning, weakness in any limbs, speech loss, etc, and hightail it back to the E.R. Most people blow things off, thinking they just need a nap, and don't wake up... best to have someone wake them up every hour for at least 24-36 hours, but with any sort of increased pressure (bad cold with cough, etc), it can get internal brain bleeding going again... usually out of the woods in 5-7 days. If the hospital released her, that's not a guarantee to not stay on top of this for a few days... hospitals only admit people who are actively in danger, not for observation (the vast majority of the time — unless they're celebrities or members of Congress: good insurance/payment potential).
J Johnson RN

Send your thoughts and comments to:

Watch "On the Record" weeknights at 10 p.m. ET