Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Remember Her

If you have been reading this blog for the past month or so, you have learned about my new online obsession--Pinterest.  I find Pinterest to be one of the best uses of my time in a lonnnnnnnnng time.  I get such inspiration from the pins and it fires my creativity in many ways and for many purposes, both work and play.

Not long ago, I happened upon this pin, titled "I Remember Her", and it touched me so very deeply.  I repinned it to one of my pinboards, and I have gotten too many comments on my pin to count; I have lost count as a matter of fact.  So, given that response, I decided to post it here for you to read.

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80′s arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. The nurse took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would be 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.’

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