David Hayward, a former pastor turned cartoonist, shared this Valentine drawing with us. David’s works are for sale and would make a great conversation piece in your home. Below are my Valentine reflections inspired by his drawing. Please share your thoughts.
Yesterday I had a patient who always lets others see his heart. He has a mechanical heart with two large clear chambers on his chest for all to see: one chamber with sloshing, beautiful, oxygenated, red blood and the other full of swirling, purple, used blood. He wheeled a large suitcase with him that was packed with batteries and electronics that pumped his blood and keeps him alive until his transplant.
This young man lost his heart after getting a viral cold that killed his natural heart. Now he waited for someone else to die so he might live a bit longer.
This all happened to him 8 months ago. Yet he smiled, laughed and joked about the machine and acted as if nothing was odd. He spread happiness through out our clinic. He did not have one ounce of self-pity and everyone’s day was happier from just being with him that day.
He may not longer have a natural heart but he shares his real heart with everyone.