She knows me no more, but I
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 be able to
I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was
not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his
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 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's 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.
With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails,
sometimes there are some that come along that have an
important message, and this is one of those kind.
Just had to share it with you all.
Oh, by the way, peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who
"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best
of everything; they just make the best of everything
that comes along their way."
courtesy: aawaze dost