Monday, September 14, 2009

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when
an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived
to have stitches removed from his thumb.
He said 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, I asked him
if he had another 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 inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while
and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.
As we talked, I asked if she would be upset 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 is one that comes along that has
an important message. This one I thought I could
share with you.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best
of everything; they just make the best of everything
they have. I hope you share this with someone you
care about. I just did. 'Life isn't about how to
survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.'

ழ் by Unknown Author

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