if you would like a lovely story today, my dear friend’s father is a infectious diseases pediatrics specialist who spent the 1980s and 1990s largely trying to save babies born w HIV in urban areas
and he never really talks about that time, which I’m sure was incredibly traumatic and hard
and then a little while back he wound up at one of his old hospitals and saw this woman who looked familiar who saw him and just BUSTED into tears
and she could barely speak and dragged him by the hand over to this gargantuan handsome like 6’3 young man
He had kept this little baby boy alive long enough to get the good drugs, through a lot of crises, and his mom was still alive too, and they just hugged and cried for an hour in the corridor
okay have a good day, things are terrible but little babies who are born HIV positive now have outcomes he could never have dreamed of
and he was like “I can’t believe you recognized me!” bc he is bald and thirty whatever years older now and she looked at him like he was the biggest fool in the world and was like “you kept my baby alive, are you joking, I would never forget you”
And now I am sniffling at my desk because even though my brother didn't make it, there were others that did and it's because of doctors like your friend's dad.
and every time I think about this massive and vibrantly alive man (who looked a lot like Chadwick Boseman) and his mom and their old doctor holding each other in that corridor weeping their guts out with joy I just LOSE IT
Patti Coppersmith @coppertime
My sister @Notthedumblond was a coordinator for ABC Quilts that provided a handmade quilt to every aids baby during this same time. Her area was Miami. We are so glad that those days are over. The founder, Ellen Ahlgren was our father's cousin. https://t.co/sUfcV82ivp
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox i'm so sorry for your loss
harvest heather @hnjohnso
I love the link between "women's work" and powerful activisim/advocacy. Quilting bees, sewing circles, knitting groups...
Thanks. It's been a long time but your story today was a bracing reminder that there was and is hope to be had so I really appreciate it.