A Look at Alzheimers

What a brave soul who came to this earth school to experience this difficult lesson, all in order for their soul's growth. Braver still the companion, be they spouse or other loved one, who must experience the loss of those precious memories.

Dear friend, we ask you to seek whatever help is available to you, whether in your neighborhood or on the internet. Available through family, friends or strangers. This is something you need not face alone.

I was particularly impressed with the following story.

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.'