By Randy Christensen M.D.
The unforgettable inspiring memoir of 1 impressive surgeon who's saving lives in a such a lot unconventional means Ask Me Why I Hurt is the touching and revealing first-person account of the striking paintings of Dr. Randy Christensen. educated as a pediatrician, he works no longer in a standard health facility environment yet, really, in a 38-foot Winnebago that has been refitted as a doctor’s workplace on wheels. His sufferers are the city’s homeless kids and kids.
In the shadow of 1 prosperous American urban, Dr. Christensen has committed his lifestyles to taking good care of society's throwaway kids—the often-abused, unloved young children who survive the streets with out entry to right health and wellbeing care, the entire whereas warding off consistent threats from thugs, gangs, pimps, and different predators. With the Winnebago as his transportable clinical middle, Christensen and his group commute round the outskirts of Phoenix, getting to the youngsters and youths who desire him so much.
With tenderness and humor, Dr. Christensen chronicles every little thing from the struggles of the van’s early beginnings, to the aid procedure it grew to become for the children, and the final word popularity it has accomplished through the years. with his big specialist demanding situations, he additionally describes the pains and joys he faces whereas elevating a transforming into relations together with his spouse Amy. by means of turns poignant, heartbreaking, and captivating, Dr. Christensen's tale is a gripping and wealthy memoir of his paintings and relations, a kind of infrequent books that remains with you lengthy after you’ve grew to become the final web page.
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Cm. 1. Homeless children—Medical care—Arizona. 2. Homeless children—Arizona. I. Denfeld, Rene. II. Title. 1 TO OUR MOTHERS JANE ROGERS ELLIS 11/10/1942 – 2/18/1984 MARIA CARMEN CHRISTENSEN 6/6/1944 – 12/16/2009 Randy & Amy Christensen FOR MY CHILDREN Luppi Milov, Tony, and Markel. Because no child should go without a family. Rene Denfeld CONTENTS Cover Title Page Copyright Dedication A Note from the Author 1 Crisis 2 Moeur Park 3 Tell Me 4 Mary’s Journey 5 Donald 6 The Heart of Dixie 7 Too Soon 8 Roulette 9 Angie 10 Nicole 11 UMOM 12 Starfish 13 Sugar 14 Beginnings FOR MORE INFORMATION AND HOW TO HELP ACKNOWLEDGMENTS About the Authors A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR Dear Reader, For many years now I have wanted to tell the stories in this book, needed to tell them.
My hands were shaking. I held them out in front of my face. The daylight outside told me it had been a matter of minutes, not hours, since the boy had climbed our steps but it seemed like forever. The familiar metallic taste of stress was in my mouth. During an emergency I didn’t feel things too closely. I couldn’t afford to. But then afterward it all hit me. My skin tingled, and my heart lurched in my chest. Bottled-up adrenaline hit me like a wave. My skin was alive with nerves, and my stomach tightened.
I had known the extent of the problem. I knew there were thousands of homeless kids ranged across the country. It was the severity of their needs that had made me want to help them. But reality is different from numbers. Numbers are never real. These kids were real, and I felt I had barely helped any of them. I didn’t want to admit it, but I had thought my job would be easier. I knew it was only the first day, but I had pictured myself having the time to make meaningful connections with the kids.