One great pleasure I have had in my 35 years of practicing geriatrics has been sharing life experiences with my older patients. They have been my best teachers.
Recently an 86-year-old gentleman in a wheelchair and with multiple medical problems made my day.
I asked him how his wife was.
“She is beautiful,” he said. “I love her,” he added.
Then he smiled at me and with a gleam in his eye said, “She excites me.”
Suddenly my back didn’t hurt as much, the demands of the day were less burdensome, and I had a sense of joy and calm. When I got home I kissed my wife, told her she is beautiful, told her I love her and told her she excites me.
Thank you, my patient and my teacher; you remind me what is really important in life.