Thursday, April 7, 2011

A story to hold close to your heart !

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 vitals  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. He 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, and 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 the e-mails today, sometimes there is one e-mail that comes
along that has an important message. I considered this as one of those and I wanted to share it with
you. Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.(You know, when it rains
lemons--make lemonade!) The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they
just make the best of everything they have.

Share this with someone you care about.

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