Sunday, 29 November 2009

We've Become Friends...



A few weeks ago, I wrote about this old lady whose room I passed who was moaning and crying in pain and who kept saying "I promise I won't bug you anymore" everytime I got her something...She was definitely very miserable the last time, and as I held her hand and she eventually went to sleep after about an hour, I whispered a little prayer for her.

Before I left her room, I left her a little note on her bedside table wishing her well.


Imagine my surprise when I went in to the hospital this week, and this happy old lady greeted me! I knew something about her was familiar but I couldn't really place her, having seen countless of happy old people. But there was something about her that felt vaguely familiar.


I went about my daily routine, and found myself in one-wing of the hospital that I only go to if I have the time (it's under my jurisdiction, but I usually don't have time to cover there), and I saw her again, and this time, she called my name.

She: "Daphne, it's me, X. You left me a card and I still have it!"

Me: "Oh my God!!!"



At that point, I was going to cry. She looked amazing. For someone who could barely lift her head a few weeks ago, here she was sitting on a chair, reading a book.


Me: "You look great! The last time I saw you..........."

She: "Yeah...You helped. Thanks, sweetie"

Me: "Hey, you wanna go for a walk? I could wing you a wheelchair and we could sneak out"

She: "Ooooh, that would be awesome"...



The nurses were alright with it, and even gave us the suggestion of going to the coffeehouse, so I dropped all the other stuff I was supposed to do, and the two of us made our way there. The old dear even asked all the nurses and staff if she could bring them a coffee or a donut!


On the way:-

She: "You'll let me buy you a coffee and a muffin, right? You have to. I'll be depressed if you won't"


I finally agreed to a coffee...



And so, we spent another hour or so together. And she invited me to come visit her at home ("When I get out of this place, of course!")...



But this is the first time a patient has remembered my name, a few weeks later.

And what a stark contrast from the first time I saw her...

No more "I promise I won't bug you anymore": We've become friends...






11 comments:

WP said...

That is so nice...

Akmal said...

my my...dah lama tak datang sini..you're still the same you daph. always make me smile with all your special encounters :)

tee heng giap said...

sweet indeed

Richard said...

Well, good begets good. Great going!

Btw, would be you be kind enough to write to me at this email addy:

jrichard1800 [at] yahoo.com

I would like to contact you for a project - no worries, I know you are busy and it won't take up a lot of your time. Thanks.

richard

Kak Teh said...

daphne, that's a beautiful story. you brought back the sunshine into her life.

zorro said...

Continue to touch the lives of those you connect with.

Daphne Ling said...

Hi WP,

Hey, thanks!



Ello Akmal,

Wah, lama tak nampak...

I didn't know I was supposed to change, lol. Of course I'm still the same! Tigers don't change their stripes (or whatever the saying is...)! Muahaha...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Tee Heng Giap,

=)


Hello Richard,

Thanks.

Re. your project, feel free to contact me (you can get my email from my profile page).

The reason why I don't take up offers like this is because there is a lot of SPAM offers that come in through my blog and I don't want to shoot of an email and get syphoned in...

So if it's a genuine project I can help you with (title your email appropriately, please), I will get back to you asap!

Cheers!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Aunty Teh,

Good to have you back. How's England? The snow just started here, and I need sunshine too, lol.

Thanks for sharing in the story though...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle B (Zorro),

Hey! Thanks! You always seem to read my stories of old people...*Winks*

Richard said...

Thanks for your response, Daphne.I am afraid I can't locate your email addy on your profile page. This is a genuine project, not spam, and not a frivolous project, I assure you. Could you kindly write to
jrichard1800 [at] yahoo.com?

Thanks.