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Valentine’s Day Special

Posted by Raj's blog on February 14, 2008

It was a busy morning, about 8:30 am, 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.The doctor 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.
The doctor saw him looking at his watch and decided, since he was not busy with another patient, he would evaluate his wound.
On exam, it was well healed, so the doctor talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, doctor asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.


Doctor inquired as to her health. He told that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. As they talked, doctor 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.

Doctor 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 his hand and said,


“She doesn’t know me, but
“I still know who she is.”

The doctor had to hold back tears as he left, he had goose bumps on his 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.

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5 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Special”

  1. Shyann said

    I would be very glad if someone told me what the author meant when he wrote “She doesn’t know me, but “I still know who she is.”

    • Shaikh said

      “She doesn’t know me, but “I still know who she is.” the wife suffering from Alzheimer’s disease… connot recognized (her husband) him in five years… but still he (husband) take care of her… like needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife…

  2. Vashti said

    it is actually a nurse and not a doctor who converses with the old man and removes the stitches for him

  3. Aniqa said

    His wife has lost her memory, so she doesn’t recognise her own husband.
    But he Is saying that, he still loves her and he always will know here even if she doesn’t show the same thing back.

  4. Debojyoti said

    True love is neither physical, nor romantic.
    True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

    How true! I loved it

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