THIS IS WHAT LOVE IS ALL ABOUT
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
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
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
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.
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."
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