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 9:00am.

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 another 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, I asked if she would be upset 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.”


14 responses to “What love is all about

  1. ¡Eso es lo importante! Que él sabe quien es ella y por eso lo hace. Sí, de eso se trata el amor. Está hermoso Jen, gracias por compartirlo.

  2. That is the sweetest, saddest story.:(I hope someday someone loves me that much.

  3. The kind of love that break your heart eh?

  4. Wow. So pretty. Made me think of my Engineer. And yes, it’s sad, but at the same time, we all want to be loved like that, no?

  5. that made me tear up. i had a grandfather with alzheimer’s. beautiful, sad post.

  6. That is a cool post, Jen

  7. *sniffff*me hizo acordar a la cancion de los fugitivos q se llama la loca!!!

  8. mond – si verdad? Eso es amor!sizzle – I hope so too!nat – well, at least it will have been worth it. not so little woman – I know I do!bex – so did I. Yep, it’s sad and beautiful at the same time. jarod – : )anarella – ay ya la voy a ir a ver!

  9. My two sons have strict orders. When I start getting more food on me than in me, they are to take me hunting, and not bring me back!

  10. buffalodickdy – look at you trying to play God ; )

  11. awww that is nice. Old people have got it right, haven’t they? x

  12. Buaaaaaaaaaaa..eso es el amor, el que dura atravéz de la muerte, de la enfermedad, del tiempo…una historia no se borra…

  13. the sarjent – some of them sure seem to!pillo – queremos uno asi, verdad?

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