[MOL] Ponderings [02204] Medicine On Line

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Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same
>>>  hospital room.  One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an
>>> each
>>>  afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was
next to
>>>  room's only window.
>>>  The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
>>>  The men talked for hours on end.
>>>  They spoke of their wives and families,their
>>>  homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military
service,where they
>>>  had been on vacation.
>>>  And every afternoon when the man in the bed
>>>  by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing
>>>  his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
>>>  The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods
>>>  where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all
>>>  the activity and colour of the world outside. The window
overlooked a
>>> park
>>>  with a lovely lake.
>>>  Ducks and swans played on the water while children
>>>  sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst
>>> of
>>>  every colour of the rainbow.
>>>  Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a
>>>  fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
>>>  As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail,
>>>  man on the other side of the room would close his eyes
>>>  and imagine the picturesque scene. One warm afternoon the man by
>>>  window described a parade passing by.
>>>  Although the other man couldn't hear the band he could see it in
>>>  mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with
>>>  descriptive words.
>>>  Days and weeks passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to
>>>  water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man
by the
>>>  window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened
>>> called
>>>  the hospital attendants to take the body away. As soon as it
>>>  appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the
>>>  window.
>>>  The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he
>>> was
>>>  comfortable, she left him alone. Slowly, painfully, he propped
>>>  on one elbow to take his first look at the world outside.
>>>  Finally, he would have the joy of seeing  it for himself.
>>>  He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
>>>  It faced a blank wall.
>>>  The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased
>>>  roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this
>>> window.
>>>  The nurse responded that the man was blind and could
>>>  not even see the wall. She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to
>>>  you."
>>>  Epilogue...There is tremendous happiness in making others happy,
>>>  despite our own situations.
>>>  Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is
>>>  If you want to feel rich, just count all of the things  you have
>money can't buy.