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. 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
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." Please share this with someone you care about - I JUST DID.