Sunday, May 25, 2014


(A story came in a forward email)

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 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.'

 I had to hold back myself as he left, I had goose bumps on my arms.


Rida Shahmeer said...

It doesn't seem real life story... I dont think Such men exist in this world... :(

Anonymous said...

if only you knew..

The Nest said...

Yeh hi kahani aik Urdu akhbar main with more details kuch saal pehlay parhi thi, with a Pakistani background from a Pakistani author.

Beyond said...

In my experience, old men tend to become quite paternal to their spouses. I have seen it in my parents and parents in law. Even if their marital life was always not smooth, in the dusk of life, people tend to become much more nicer to the same people who were the target of their brutal emotions all their lives!

Mystic said...

Rida: I don't think either,this is a true story - but thoughts and sometimes ideal situation counts.

The Nest: Thanks and Welcome

Beyond: Burhapa bara kamina hota hai, saare kas bal nikal deta hai