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 a.m.
I took his vital signs and had him take a seat. I knew it would take more than an hour before
someone would to able to attend to him. I saw him check his watch anxi...ously for the time
and decided to evaluate his wound since I was not busy with another patient.
On examination, the wound was well healed. Hence, I talked to one of the doctors to get the
supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.
We began to engage in a conversation while I was taking care of his wound. I asked him if
he had another doctor's appointment later as he was in such a hurry.
The gentleman told me
no and said that he needed to go to the nursing home to have breakfast with his wife.
I inquired about her health. He told me that she had been in the nursing home for a while as
she was a victim of Alzheimer's disease. I probed further and asked if she would be upset i
f he was slightly late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was and she had not been
able to recognize him since five years ago.
I asked him in surprise, "And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who
He smiled as he patted my hand and said, "She doesn't know me, but I still know who she
I had to hold back my tears as he left.
I had goose bumps on my arm, and I 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
will be, and will not be...