Ask Me Why I Hurt
The unforgettable, inspiring memoir of Dr. Randy Christensen, a pediatrician who saves lives in a most unconventional way, treating the homeless children and adolescents of Pheonix, Arizona, in a 38-foot Winnebago turned into a doctor's office on wheels.
The unforgettable inspiring memoir of one extraordinary doctor who is saving lives in a most unconventional way, Ask Me W...more
This book hit close to home on a number of different levels:
It's all about how for the last 12 years Dr. Randy Christensen has been working to provide health care for youth in the Arizona state who are otherwise unable to get health care. A lot of the time the children/teens are homeless, living on the streets or staying with friends because even as dangerous as ...more
Randy Christensen, MD, has written just such a memoir. "Ask Me Why I Hurt" is the story of how he and a couple of colleagues start a mobile clinic to help the homeless youth of Phoenix, most of whom live in dire situations. Some of them are runaw ...more
This book is a very interesting look at "Dr. Randy"'s journey setting up his mobile clinic, getting to know the needs of the people he serves, and how he deals with juggling his ho ...more
That being said, I found the book sappy and tedious. How do you write truly interesting non-fiction? Facts are facts, so it must be in the manner of writing. I became bored with the serial obstacles as they were presented and surmounted. I suspect that n ...more
When his hospital begins to talk about founding a mobile medical van to reach homeless children, Dr. Christensen jumps at the chance to start the work. He motors around the bad parts of town aboard his converted Winnebago, battles skeptical medical and government bureaucracies and fundraises for grants and donation ...more
There are some stories of individual youngsters here. You meet Sugar, a teen prostitute whose resilience s ...more
This book is all about Christensen's journey of his medical bus as well as everything else that went along in his life. I knew the life of a doctor included long hours and heart wrenching tales but the stories of the ...more
Rating: 2.5 stars
I really wanted to like Randy Christensen's memoir. it tells the important and often ignored story of homeless youth, and the people that do their best to help reverse the situation. However, the book read less like a memoir and more like a novel. There was detail overkill. For example, knowing that his wife had coconut and vanilla scented shampoo ...more
March 4, 2011: The copy I received is an uncorrected proof, and despite numerous typos and grammatical errors (for which I'm usually a stickler, but I can forgive in this instance since this is not the final draft,) I find myself fascinated by this true story of a doctor who treats homeless teens out of a roaming Winnebago clinic. I'm on page 47 of 267, and it looks like this will be a quick read.
March 7: Finished the book today. I d ...more
“He muttered something. His cheeks were starting to sink. I was watching him decline in front of me in a matter of seconds. His eyes flashed at me. I had seen this look before. It signaled profound distress, crisis.” On a daily basis, Dr. Randy Christensen, author of “Ask Me Why I Hurt”, explores the tragic truth of homeless youth. Dr. Christensen first began his journey with his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he had fir ...more
Anyway, I feel like there are very few books that focus on the altruistic efforts of one or a few people that aren't completely self-glorifying. This one isn't.
I'm not going to spell out a s ...more
The stories were heartbreaking to read; what these kids have dealt with is horrific. Many were kicked out by their families - one teen noted the irony of his father being killed by a drunk driver to being kicked out of his own home by his mother's alcoholic boyfriend - many suffer from mental illnesses, all are suffering because no one wants them and no one seems to care ab ...more
He opened my eyes to the realities that homeless children face every day. I loved how he followed a few of them as they found homes and made better lives for t ...more
he is a doctor that has set up a mobile unit in the phoenix and surrounding areas for homeless youth under the age of 25.
he discusses the highs and lows of setting up the practice and of learning how to assistance these transient youth.
these are kids that fall through the cracks and are abused sexually, physically and mentally. not all of the stories end in trag ...more
This book was wonderful. I can’t remember ever reading a book that I wish had been LONGER when I was done with it. I wish Dr. Randy could have included more stories and more information of his life working on the Big Blue van. I enjoy reading memoirs and books about children and I work in a human services profession, so this book was right up my alley.
Dr. Randy is a physician who, after completing his medical training decides he wants to ...more