The Appointment

Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

The Appointment

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 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.”
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.
The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.
Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain. We’re all getting older, tomorrow may be our turn!
H/t beloved fellow Joseph!

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Doc's Wife
Doc's Wife
9 years ago

Such a sweet story. I am amazed at some of the problems many of our patients face on a daily basis. My husband has said for years that many simply come in and need to talk. He tries to listen to them because it is so important for their overall well-being. This is a vital part of Family Practice which, unfortunately, is going by the wayside with Obamacare.

Patriot Angel
Patriot Angel
9 years ago

Too bad that more people the world over don’t understand what “LOVE” is. It matters not whether it is a marriage, siblings or just neighbors with the love of the Lord in their hearts. I have been depressed for days knowing the condition of the world and the many lost souls in it. I pray for the quick return of Jesus. The Lord has let me feel His anguish and cry His tears. Even the simplest display on unholiness and mockery towards my Lord and and evil treatment towards one of God’s own is something I fail to understand. Choosing… Read more »