Tuesday, June 17, 2008
EXPERTS: (anyone who knows more about my subject than I do!
Me with Jackie, a polio expert I met unexpectedly on a trip to Florida! Truly Providential!
Today I'm spending some time with the experts!
I'll be speaking at a local retirement community about BLUE and the Miracle of Hickory.
When I talk to school groups about polio the students typically have a flood of questions.
Seniors, on the other hand, remember polio. Many have been up-close-and-personal with the disease. So the discussions take on a different tone. Suddenly, I am the one soaking up the stories.
A few weeks ago I attended a funeral. On the way to the cemetery my father told me the funeral director had been in business for more than 60 years. Of course my wheels started turning. Perhaps this man drove one of the hearses that took patients to the Miracle of Hickory hospital!
After the graveside service, I introduced myself to this gentleman. He told me, that indeed, he had "carried many a patient" to the emergency hospital. In addition, his wife would work her nursing shift at a local hospital during the day and then volunteer at the Miracle of Hickory after hours.
Speaking of experts!
I'm looking forward to dropping a copy of BLUE off to this gentleman and setting up some time for an interview.
I'm anticipating more stories from local seniors who remember the polio epidemic of 1944. The research trail is unending. And I so love to follow where it leads me!