Monday, July 12, 2010

My Wife the Ass Kicker

My wife's time in Haiti has had a profound effect on her. She's become an ass-kicking social activist type. In a good way.

A did not just simply fly to Haiti, do some work and then come home and forget about all the people down there. She has continued to be in touch and involved from all the way up here.

When A arrived in Haiti she met a psychiatrist named Sarah, who was leaving the next day. Sarah had been looking after two young girls who were completely orphaned by the earthquake. They were not related and neither had any family left living. Being teenagers they were not elegible for an orphanage, so they were on their own. Sarah asked A to continue to check on these girls and make sure they were doing OK. They are only 17 and 15 (or 13 - the one girl kept changing her story.)

(Post dental work, thus the ice pack.)

A took them under her wing and when they went out into the tent city she brought them with to observe and help her with evaluations and therapy. The older girl had a wonderful bedside manner and was interested in what A was doing. Not to say the younger girl was not, she is still just a little girl. Since they were in the "neighborhood" they insisted on taking A to their tent.

(I love this picture because it shows their tent is neat as a pin, but that these are two young girls with the stuffed animals prominently displayed.)

A was so kind to these two that she gave one of them the shirt off her back literally. The shirt she was wearing was a little revealing and she was self conscious about it. A's simple black shirt allowed her to dress more demurely and be more confident.

(The shirt on the girl to the right was A's shirt.)

So when did A become a social activist ass-kicker? When she read some incredibly ignorant comments after a story she read on I'm not going to bother linking to it - the story is good, but the ignorant rantings of red-necks and holier-than-thou conservatives isn't worth wasting your time. Besides A already took a bunch of them to task for being a bunch of mean-spirited morons. She just couldn't help herself. And I love her for it!

She has also continued to follow-up on these two girls - sending countless emails to people to make sure these two are continuing to be looked after and helping to find them volunteer, school and work opportunities.

(Side note: Sarah. Turns out she is Tom Brokaw's daughter. A didn't find this out until after she left - not that it makes any difference. I like Tom Brokaw even more now that I know he raised such a caring daughter uninterested in trading on his fame.)

One other story A told me was about a baby with hydrocephalus (water on the brain.) This baby was in all other ways a happy, healthy child, but because of his untreated condition he was starting to exhibit developmental delays - mostly due to his inability to lift his head. The doctors were able to get a CAT scan and consulted with the (singular) neurosurgeon who said he would be able to do the required procedure, but it would cost $2,000. When A left they were still trying to secure funding. She and our neighbor (who A went with) are trying to find out if they were able to get the money and get the baby taken care of.

This little boy's life could be healthy and normal for TWO-GRAND! It's just amazing how so little money (comparatively) could make such a huge difference. You get a little bit of an idea why my wife continues to be so passionate and involved.

If I find out any news I will be sure provide updates.


Molly said...

Totally impressive. Your wife kicks ass for sure.

Charisa said...

Wow, so awesome. Your wife is just amazing - you are a lucky guy to have found her many years ago!

SSB said...

Your wife is cool.

Dwayne said...

Your wife is awesome! You should be very proud of her and her time and effort spent there. Lots of great work being done down there (and much MUCH more to go), even by some evil conservatives I know who are/have been down there. : )

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Truly wonderful story -especially the part where she sets stupid people straight!

mary said...

That's less than a tri bike. Maybe you should put up a pay pal account and a plea right on your site. Get this kid his 2 grand.