Tuesday, October 5, 2010

True Love


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 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, 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 inquired as to her

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.

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

I received this an email today and wanted to share.... I pray that we all experience True Love.....


  1. Is this a true story, or is it what we want to hear? I loved reading this one, as there are several Alzheimer victims in our extended family. Thank you for posting it for me.

  2. So sweet,,,

    I want that love.

  3. It's good to see you blogging again. I hope everything is going well with you. Loved the post today.

  4. Good grief, Kelly

    I didn't want to visit you and leave with tears, but this was toooo beautiful...tugged at my heart in a special way. Wow.

  5. That is so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing Kelly. :)



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