Read Description. It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80′s arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He s feels
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Read Description. It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80′s arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He s

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80′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 9:00 am. The nurse 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.’

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User avatar #25 - galacticboner (11/09/2012) [-]
My grandma has Alzheimer's. She often refers to me as "the baby", because she can only remember the time when I was, well, a baby. She also ask where my grandpa is and why he is late, even though he's been dead for 17 years now. She's in a nursing home and in the rare occasions she recognizes me she asks me what I want for dinner, exactly like she would ask when she was still healthy. She then proceeds to call me an ugly gipsy because I'm growin a beard. I love my grandma :(
User avatar #128 to #25 - Psychotic (11/09/2012) [-]
My aunt had an injury as a child that caused severe nerve damage. When I would go to visit her she would always think I was my dad, even if he was standing right next to her. By the time she died, she couldn't remember anyone but her mom.
#177 to #25 - leahp (11/10/2012) [-]
i did math to thumb you up and also because my grandmother was the same way. it was sad to see but now i no she is with my grandfather again and i am sure she remembers who he is.
User avatar #179 to #177 - galacticboner (11/10/2012) [-]
My grandpa died 41 days after I was born, of heart failure.
Everytime I try to think about my grandma before she "sunk" in to Alzheimer's, about 5 to 4 years ago, my memories are all of her smiling at me. She still has the most beautiful smile and she's always asking if I already had something to eat.
The other day she said I was getting really handsome and that I had to be careful with girls. She's the loveliest thing, my grandma.
User avatar #19 - selbs (11/09/2012) [-]
imagine being with the person you love the most and they dont even know who you are.
#87 to #19 - rennat (11/09/2012) [-]
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#120 to #87 - sketchfactor (11/09/2012) [-]
Minor spoilers for newbie Whovians   
   
OH my goodness that episode...   
I didnt understand it until The Wedding of River Song, then the feels hit me.
Minor spoilers for newbie Whovians

OH my goodness that episode...
I didnt understand it until The Wedding of River Song, then the feels hit me.
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#24 to #19 - itsmypenis **User deleted account** has deleted their comment [-]
#42 to #24 - John Cena (11/09/2012) [-]
Haha, spot on
User avatar #41 to #24 - LemonNADE (11/09/2012) [-]
I don't know why you're thumbed down..
User avatar #153 to #24 - meghostaguy (11/10/2012) [-]
touché
User avatar #129 to #24 - EjaculationMan (11/09/2012) [-]
sounds more like twilight.
User avatar #149 to #129 - jeroylenkins (11/10/2012) [-]
I knew I should have that "least intelligent comment of all time" picture.
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#154 to #149 - itsmypenis **User deleted account** has deleted their comment [-]
#160 to #154 - jeroylenkins (11/10/2012) [-]
Thank you Mr. Penis.
Thank you Mr. Penis.
#132 - FuckingLugia (11/09/2012) [-]
My grandma had Alzheimer's and thought I was her dead son (my uncle) She hadn't spoke a word in months and she looked at me and said "I love you Charlie" Those where the last words she spoke before the disease took her life. Damn these feels.
My grandma had Alzheimer's and thought I was her dead son (my uncle) She hadn't spoke a word in months and she looked at me and said "I love you Charlie" Those where the last words she spoke before the disease took her life. Damn these feels.
#144 to #132 - carelessinteractin (11/10/2012) [-]
that gave me more feels than the post.
#44 - barteleiff (11/09/2012) [-]
Know that feeling brah. My grandfather had Alzhheimers. One day I hugged him, and he asked "excuse me, but who are you?"... That broke my heart :(  R.I.P
Know that feeling brah. My grandfather had Alzhheimers. One day I hugged him, and he asked "excuse me, but who are you?"... That broke my heart :( R.I.P
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#111 - John Cena (11/09/2012) [-]
This reminds me of my Gran who's been living with us for the past 6 years. She's 83 and has had Alzheimer's for 20 years...I cried for two hours the first time she forgot my name (I was 8 and visited her everyday) I'm only 16 and because the disease got so bad she had to live with us. She started to have violent outbreaks because she was scared of us, thinking we had kidnapped her and she wanted to get back to her daughter (my mom). She now has the mental age of a 10 year old and is completely incapable and incontinent. I have to help my mom with her everyday before and after school because my dad works in Dublin (I'm Irish) all week. I have to help sit her up, dress her, change and feed her. My mom doesn't get home help because I'm living in the house so the government thinks that I'm enough help for her. I'm only 16 and I'm moving out in 2 years. My gran refuses to eat the food we give her and tries to offer it to other people (she grew up during the war and everything was rationed). She's in and out of hospital now all the time. She gets sores or "open wounds" on her sides and backside because she can't walk or move anymore. When she could walk she would try and sneak out of the house and she nearly got hit my a car a few times. She slapped me across the face before because she thought I tried to hit her. I was 13 and tried to hug her. I love her so much, but at some stage, it all becomes too much. I can't talk about this with anyone because I hate to make my mom feel worse than she already does and no one else seems to under stand. I just thought I would voice my experience and hope this informs you on how bad this poor mans wife in the sorry will get.
Thank you.

Sorry that I'm anonymous...
#178 to #111 - leahp (11/10/2012) [-]
I understand you completely anon. I went through something very similar to you with my grandma. It's not easy but try to see the funny in some of the things she does. I know that sounds bad but it might help ease up on the situation. I no my grandma said and did some funny things which helped me and my mom get through the day sometimes.
#121 to #111 - incorporated (11/09/2012) [-]
have all of my feels, good luck to you...
User avatar #124 to #111 - WindblownRebel (11/09/2012) [-]
If you ever return to see your comment, fellow hurting friend, I just want to share a suggestion that has helped my family members that have started to go downhill. Put pictureframes of your mom in the room, from back when she was younger. It might help... Maybe not, but you never know..
User avatar #99 - landerp (11/09/2012) [-]
What if it is him who has Alzheimer's and the old woman really had no idea who he was. That's a Shyamalan twist! P.S. i am perfectly aware that saying this makes me a total dick no need to tell me.
#102 to #99 - shyamalan (11/09/2012) [-]
Yes you are a dick. Don't talk about me behind my back.
i still love you
#139 - whiterapevan (11/10/2012) [-]
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#45 - confusedasian (11/09/2012) [-]
That was beautiful.
That was beautiful.
#39 - John Cena (11/09/2012) [-]
I think alzheimers is one of the worst part of growing old - you may not be diagnosed with it, but the older you get, the bigger the chances one in your social-circle is/will be.

My grandmother, who had alzheimers, died a couple of years ago (lived in another country) and before she left this plane, she was so fragile and weak..
She couldn't clearly remember my little brothers name, since she hadn't met him while she was well, so she thought we were both me... and she would get really confused and start crying when both of us, were in her field of vision..

The worst part was that she couldn't stand/walk on her own two feet anymore (fragile/weak/possible forgot how to), but she forgot that to, so atleast 4 times a day she tried to stand up from her wheelchair, but fell directly on the floor..

I sincerlæy wish, from the buttom of my heart, that we find a cure for alzheimers. - almost more than cancer
#171 - urghseventysix (11/10/2012) [-]
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#133 - introvert (11/09/2012) [-]
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#117 - mattdoggy (11/09/2012) [-]
Great sadness: This post made me have a feel
Great sadness: This post made me have a feel
#6 - harrypottergirl (11/09/2012) [-]
thats just beautiful
thats just beautiful
#2 - Nor (11/09/2012) [-]
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