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Chrm Message From: johnn Total Posts: 28 Join Date: 16/09/2006
Rank: Executive Post Date: 16/09/2006 00:23:20 Points: 140 Location: United States

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 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 redressed 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.

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 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 of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything that comes along their way."

John

Chrm Message From: tesmian Total Posts: 63 Join Date: 16/09/2006  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 16/09/2006 04:27:35 Points: 315 Location: United States

If only everybody started living the moral of the story, then we would be having the best place in the whole universe. But after reading or listening to stories like this one, let us pause to let it sink in, and then resolve to practice this at least once today. Then only we can derive its full value.

Regards,

Tesmian

 
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