Heart shine, Brain & Love

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Our brain is amazing and this photo is just a simple example of its powers.

And as long as our brain works properly, we are lucky…

But how do you deal with Alzheimer, if you will ever get to deal with it? I have none in my family with this disease or a similar brain or mental disease, fortunately I’m lucky from the genetic point of view, so considering this, my risk is lower, but that doesn’t mean that it’s inexistent…like you will hear in the talk below, “If the monster wants you, the monster’s gonna get you” .

I watch Grey’s Anatomy and if you do too, you know very well the cases of brilliant doctors or people that eventually reached Alzheimer…Yes, these are movie cases, fictional characters……so here is some reality from a moving TED talk that I’ve heard recently: 

There are about 35 million people globally that have any kind of dementia form, including Alzheimers, and until 2030 it is expected to double and to reach 70 millions people…….If the monster wants you, the monster’s gonna get you. ….and if any of us or the ones dear to us will ever get such a moment in their life, we need to be able to offer or to receive TRUE LOVE like the one mentioned in this story…read it and let yourself be inspired, let your naked heart shine from now, let it be so pure that if it’s stripped naked by dementia, it will still shine…

It was approximately 8.30 a.m. on a busy morning when an elderly gentleman in his eighties arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9.00 a.m.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat. I knew it would take more than an hour before someone would to able to attend to him. I saw him check his watch anxi…ously for

the time and decided to evaluate his wound since I was not busy with another patient.

On examination, the wound was well healed. Hence, I talked to one of the doctors to get the supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

We began to engage in a conversation while I was taking care of his wound. I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment later as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no and said that he needed to go to the nursing home to have breakfast with his wife.

I inquired about her health. He told me that she had been in the nursing home for a while as she was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. I probed further and asked if she would be upset if he was slightly late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was and she had not been able to recognize him since five years ago.

I asked him in surprise, “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 I 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…