A survivor of last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan who made a tearful plea for help on CNN is getting by on help from an extended network of friends and family.
Yasue Schumaker was marooned in a hospital in Sendai with her mother when CNN interviewed her March 12.
"We're in an emergency, please help us," said Schumaker, a resident of Hawaii who had returned to Sendai to help care for her ailing mother. "Somehow, we can hang in there, I hope. We don't have any electric, water, gas ... but please, help the people who lost their homes and the people on top of the buildings asking for help."
Supplies from relief agencies and the government are still difficult to come by. But help is starting to trickle in from other sources.
Yasue Schumaker's cousin, who works for a large company that is putting together and delivering relief packages, was able to get her four boxes of fresh fruit, and canned and packaged goods, her husband, Scott Schumaker, told CNN.
In another instance, a reporter friend of her husband's who went to Sendai to cover the tragedy brought some sushi for her. It had gone bad by the time it arrived, but it's the thought that counts, said Scott Schumaker.
Her meager provisions are sometimes shared with her mother and the three other patients in her room.
"I believe that's how they'll get though this," he said. "They won't rely on government agencies or relief agencies. It'll be family helping each other, neighbor helping neighbor, companies helping employees."
Five days after the quake hit, Yasue Schumaker was able to return to her childhood home, wrote Scott Schumaker, who is blogging about his wife's progress. They communicate through texts and e-mails and the occasional phone call, when reception permits.
On Tuesday, she heard the road to her family home was clear. The 7-mile drive took a couple of hours, Scott Schumaker said.
"To our surprise, the house was still standing and was structurally sound enough to enter," he wrote. "There were broken dishes everywhere and virtually every shelf was cleared. "
The house also had electricity. "Her neighbors said it comes and goes as there are rolling blackouts," he wrote.
"She spent the day cleaning and then gathered up her valuables – some food, money, passport, blankets, clean clothes. The food of course was the most important thing but fresh clothes were a close second. She’d been wearing the same thing since the quake hit 5 days earlier. She then returned to her mom in the hospital in Sendai City."