Tuesday, July 6, 2010
It was a busy morning, approximately 08:30 am, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9 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 repeatedly at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.
On examination, it was well-healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his stitches and redressed his wound. While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had an important appointment that morning, as he seemed to be in such a hurry.
The gentleman told me no; that he only 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 already 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 my 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
Saturday, February 6, 2010
teenage girl about 17 had gone to visit some friends one evening and time passed quickly as each shared their various experiences of the past year
She ended up staying longer than planned, and had to walk home alone.She wasn't afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away
As she walked along under the tall elm trees, Diane asked God to keep her safe from harm and danger.
When she reached the alley, which was a short cut to her house, she
decided to take it
However, halfway down the alley she noticed a man standing at the end
as though he were waiting for her
She became uneasy and began to pray, asking for God's protection.
Instantly a comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped round
her, she felt as though someone was walking with her.
When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man
and arrived home safely.
The following day, she read in the newspaper that a young girl had been
raped in the same alley just twenty minutes after she had been there.
Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have
been her, she began to weep.
Thanking the Lord for her safety and to help this young woman, she
decided to go to the police station.
She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her story.
The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a lineup to see
if she could identify him.
She agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the
alley the night before.
When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed
The officer thanked Diane for her bravery and asked if there was
anything they could do for her
She asked if they would ask the man one question.
Diane was curious as to why he had not attacked her.
When the policeman asked him, he answered, "Because she wasn't alone.She had two tall men walking on either side of her."
Amazingly, whether you believe or not, you're never alone