Health Care News & Discussion
An Alzheimer Story
07/04/2003 2:40 PM
It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when a gentleman in his eighties 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 and 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 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 for 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.” Love is neither physical, nor romantic. Love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be. With all the jokes and fun that is in the emails, 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.
Peace is seeing a sunset, and knowing who to thank.
These messages were written in the years as noted and may be somewhat dated at this time. Please consult your physician or other health care provider.