Subject: 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 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 is 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."
This Is What Love Is All About