Thursday, October 14, 2010

Do You Know ???????

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. The happiest people don't necessarily 
have the best of everything; they just make the best of
everything they have. Life isn't about how to survive the 
storm, But how to dance in the rain. We are all getting Older.
Tomorrow may be our turn.


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