She is one of the lucky ones. There are French people colonizing Northern California, one ICU bed at a time.
I spread my card with contact info through patients and nurses on several levels of the hospital. I missed some people because they were visiting spouses in rooms on different floors. I got a call back from a gentleman who arrived today to find his wife at Stanford Hospital's NT ICU, which I believe means Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care. I hope I misheard and it was something more mundane. The nurse with whom I spoke had given him my message and amongst all this drama he took the time to call and thank me for my offer of lodging whilst he's here.
There were some people from the Consulate going from patient to patient, checking on everyone. With them, as with the walking wounded, our encounters were oddly stilted, punctuated by smiles that felt callous and inappropriate. I was glad to see that the system has geared up to do what needs to be done.
Another message waited at home. This from the Maison des Francais a l'Etranger, I am on stand-by tomorrow, there are incoming family members who may or may not need a place to stay. They will receive whatever support I can offer and I know that I am not the only one.