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I have posted pictures from London today. None of the pics are directly related to our trip to London, (we are here to cover the one-year anniversary of the multiple bombings that killed more than 50), but I thought you might like to see them. I hope to post in tomorrow's blog, pictures that are directly related to why we are here and to give you a bit of the behind the scenes.
The talk in London since we got here has been non-stop about the four coordinated bombings one year ago. When you turn on BBC, it is non-stop about terrorism and whether London is a breeding ground for terrorism. I got nabbed by a BBC crew on the street for a "MOS" (man-on-the-street interview) — they did not recognize me and assumed I was a tourist. I guess my camera and my lost look were the decoy for my undercover walk. I was asked if I were afraid to be in London. I am not and told the BBC crew that. London feels safe to me, but of course, every city can be dangerous... and for different reasons.
For all FOX fans in New York: My friend Elaine Lafferty has just bought the Old Mill Inn in Mattituck on the North Fork of Long Island. It's terrific food, great lobsters, gorgeous view right on the water, right in the middle of the great Long Island wine country. Say "Hi from Greta" and all FOX viewers get a free appetizer. You can call (631) 298-8080 for directions or visit the web site. The web site is still in progress, but you can get a view of the place and directions — it's www.theoldmillinn.net. (As an aside and for full disclosure: Elaine is the co-author on my book that came out a few years ago. And I have a very small interest in the restaurant... hence my ability to get you that free appetizer! And the good news? No one has asked me to make the appetizers, so they will be good.)
One other thing while I am making recommendations: I flew to Europe on Virgin Atlantic Airlines. It was the first time I flew Virgin Atlantic. What a great airline! I chose it simply because of the schedule, but what a great choice! (And no, I have no interest in the airline — not even a small one, so I can't get you a free appetizer or get special privileges for a third carry-on bag!)
Because this is a work-related trip, I did not pay for the ticket (FOX News did) and thus I have no idea if the cost is competitive with other carriers. But the staff could not have been nicer. We had two medical emergencies while flying across the Atlantic — one involving a pregnant woman (she was fine) and another one involving a passenger accusing a flight attendant of deliberately slamming his hand in the tray that hangs on the seat in front of that passenger. I don't believe for a second that the flight attendant did that, but what impressed me is how — in spite what I think a really weird complaint and perhaps a troubled passenger — the flight attendants professionally handled the complaining passenger. In short, the staff was great and the plane was clean (yes, clean!)
Now for some e-mails — the first is from my colleague, Catherine Herridge. I would update you on her son Peter, but she does it so much better:
E-mail No. 1
Greta, hoping your travels are good.
Baby Peter is looking better every day. He is spending a lot of time now playing with the mobile we have set up in his hospital crib. It has a big sun and birds and a caterpillar that rotate to the songs "Jumpin' Jazz" and "Cozy Classic." Peter's nurses are good sports because after eight hours it is impossible to get these tunes out of your head.
The doctors say it is an excellent sign that he has started to play again — in other words — act like a baby again. His belly looks smaller, not only will he grow into his new liver, but his new organ knows to shrink because his body doesn't need that much capacity. While modern medicine is an amazing thing, I find it more impressive how much the body can do on its own.
Last night outside the pediatric ICU, I said good-bye to one of the doctors who had been working with Peter. Paul was the one who helped Peter the night his lung collapsed. Paul has finished his training at the pediatric ICU and will now work in an adult ICU.
As I shook his hand, I felt he was genuinely sad to say goodbye and wished us all the best. He said Peter was well on his way. I thanked him for everything he had done to help us. He simply said that was his job. I am spending a lot of time now thanking people who have helped save Peter.
Everyday, a nurse or doctor or member of the transplant team will stop by to see how he is doing. Not because they have to, but because they want to. That is how invested these people are in seeing him get better. Peter just lies back in his bed and gives them one of his signature crooked baby smiles. It is very sweet. I know he is only six months old but I feel that he knows that a lot of people are pulling for him.
I am no longer doing the "donor shuffle." That's what the doctors call the posture most donors adopt after surgery because their abdomen is sore and they feel more comfortable hunched over. That said, Jamie, our two-year old, keeps pointing at my scar and saying "Momma, BOO BOO." I think he says "boo boo" extra loud because it's his way of saying "Hey, that is BIG."
E-mail No. 2
This is on a personal note. My family and I stopped in Chevy Chase after we dropped my daughter off for a Junior National Leadership Conference. We stopped at Safeway and could have sworn we saw you going down the aisle! I hesitated to say anything because you were obviously on your personal time, but figured I would at least drop you an e-mail to verify it was you. Do you live in the Chevy Chase area? Just curious,
Lake Jackson, TX
ANSWER: Yes, I was in the grocery store.
E-mail No. 3
I think that this poor woman "snapped" just like the lady who drowned her five kids.
The MEN whom they loved and trusted to not only "sire" their children but to love them and HELP them raise the kids, controlled their lives in every way and who knows what kind of pressure she was under. I have no doubt in my mind that Mary's husband "pushed" her to the point of fighting back. She is the victim here, her husband just pushed her too far. She should be sent home to her children, and for the help she needs.
ANSWER: Bottom line, you can't shoot someone (unless in self defense or defense of another.) I don't know what kind of husband he was, but divorce is the option: not murder. Note, if she is legally insane, her shooting will be "excused" but it is still wrong.
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