Sunday, June 12, 2005


It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when
an elderly gentleman in his 80's, arrived to have
stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that
he was in a hurry as he had an appointment
.at 9:00 am

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat
knowing it would be over an hour before someone
would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his
watch and decided, since I was not busy with another
.patient, I would evaluate his wound

On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of
the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his
.sutures and redress his wound

While taking care of his wound, we began to engage
in conversation I asked him if he had a doctor's
.appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry
The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to
.the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife

I then inquired as to her health. He told me that
she had been there for a while and that she was a
victim of Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and I
finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would
be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that
she no longer knew who he was, that she had not
.recognized him in five years now

I was surprised, and asked him. "And you still go
every morning, even though she doesn't know
"?who you are

He smiled as he patted my hand and said. "She doesn't
".know me, but I still know who she is

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose
bumps on my arm, and thought, "That is the kind of
love I want in my life." True love is neither physical
nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is
.has been, will be, and will not be

With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails
sometimes there are some that come along that have
.an important message, and this is one of those kind
.Just had to share it with you all

Oh, by the way, peace is seeing a sunset and knowing
.who to thank

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best"
of everything; they just make the best of everything
".that comes along their way

~ leianne ~

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