If you don’t know it by now, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’m a huge history buff, especially when it comes to nursing history. I’m also a huge fan of Clara Barton. Clara rocked, and despite what some people think, Clara Barton was a nurse. I was watching the news this morning about the approach of hurricane Ike. Ike’s path looks just like the one taken by the Galveston hurricane of 1900. This is very creepy. That storm killed over 6000 people. The American Red Cross was only 19 years old when the great storm hit Galveston Texas, and guess who was there helping the survivors put their lives back together again. Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, was 78 years old when the great hurricane struck Galveston. She traveled to Texas and helped raise funds that were used to build homes and an orphanage for the survivors of the hurricane. It was her last disaster operation. So much for today’s history lesson.
Too bad that Clara wasn’t around for hurricane Katrina. She would have kicked George Bush’s butt.