a busy morning, about 8:30 a.m., when an elderly gentleman in his 80's
arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said
he was in a hurry because he had an appointment at 9:00 a.m.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over
an hour before someone would be 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 examining it, I determined that 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 because he did this everyday. 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 knows who he is,
and that she has not recognized him for five years. 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.
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 from storms, but how to dance in the