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The Nurse Asked This Man Why He Still Bothered To Visit His Wife. His Response Is Perfect.

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It was a busy morning, about 8:00, when an elderly gentleman in his 80โ€™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 8:45 am.

The nurse took his vital signs and told him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would 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, โ€˜And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?โ€™

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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