Category Archives: doctors

HIATUS UNEXPECTED

HIATUS UNEXPECTED

(or…where I’ve been for a week and a half)

My hiatus unexpected

Was by my big toe directed…

While on a work round

My legs fell down,

My need needed to be dissected.

In ambulance eventually,

To hospital all agreed…

Big toe amputated,

It’s life prorated

As being no good to me.

Started treatment my self  then ignored,

Left it to rot to the core…

Infection set in

And I didn’t win,

Was left with a hole, nothing more.

From hospital to Rehab.

For a week or so to grab…

Some healing time

And therapy fine,

The nurses weren’t half-bad!

Yesterday I came home,

My wife is not alone…

Taken out the trash,

Consolidated cash

And learned…not to roam.

Gotta wait for the Visiting Nurses

By writing these tentative verses…

Evaluation

Of my situation

Before insurance opens its purses!

Unforseen experiences,

Puts minds through all tenses…

Ideas for a book

Began to cook,

Perhaps it will mend a few fences.

–Jonathan Caswell

A FEW PARALLELS

A FEW PARALLELS

Not something he’d admit to saying,

His privacy betraying….

But folks might know

An infected toe

Ain’t the best way of gaining!

His leg was involved before,

The other leg for them keeping score….

Could no longer do

What he’s been through,

A Security job came to the fore.

Was stuck at an in-and-out gate,

A madhouse when shift change made haste…

Flashing I.D.’s

At double-time speed,

Where laborers egged on work mates.

He grew increasingly sad,

He never thought it would be this bad…

Walking’s a chore

And isn’t fun anymore,

He’d ignored all the warnings he’d had.

The toe–twice as wide–

With ugliness undescribed…

His wife helps wash and dress

The smelly mess,

Putrid-looking for what lurks inside.

He thought he’d bounce right back,

After a weekend flat on his back…

Getting enough sleep

Generally keeps

Him running on the right track.

Doctors say it’s long-term

Recovery, which makes him squirm…

Not able to stand

For very long on demand,

He doesn’t want being infirm.

He worries about work,

Walking rounds he’d rather not shirk…

It has been weeks

Since he felt in the peak

Of condition to do ALL his work!

He fears the great parallel,

Will his working find its death knell…

How long will guys

Face unpleasant surprise,

When he can’t do the job very well?

–Jonathan Caswell

LIGHT DUTY AT WORK

LIGHT DUTY AT WORK

His energy’s drained,

Sometime he’ll face the pain…

He can’t keep up

His leg enough,

To keep his fluids contained.

He hates having to beg

Off from rounds for his leg…

Wonders how long

They’ll let him push on,

So far he’s still a good egg.

He wants to pull his weight,

But with pain there’s little debate…

Longer the delay

The more he’ll pay

To get back to being first-rate!

–Jonathan Caswell

STATE OF HIS BODY ADDRESSED

STATE OF HIS BODY ADDRESSED

He hadn’t prepared for THIS,

His body was obviously amiss…

Legs shooting pain

With swollen disdain,

He’d face a  lot more to contain.

Exhaustion darkens the eyes

From little sleep–no surprise…

Making his way

Through life every day

And keeping his doctors apprised.

Doesn’t feel fine or foxy,

Got his own supply of oxy*…

Muscular hurts

The oxy* skirts,

A band-aid like two-part epoxy.

Struggle forward he must,

In his doctors’ advice he must trust…

Efforts increase

Or life quality’ll cease,

To be stiffened by encroaching rust!

I’m not sure his wife understands

Why he vocalizes her demands…

Getting so mean,

Making a scene,

Her pain…stays under her command.

He’s paying the price of duress

For not acting wiser, I guess…

Struggling for years.

One thing is clear–

It was never seriously addressed!

–Jonathan Caswell

* oxy…short for the pain-killer, oxycodone-acetaminophen.

THE SCHEDULE TWIST

THE SCHEDULE TWIST

Scheduled from crib to tomb,

If fouled up we can assume…

The “El Kabong”*

Was written wrong,

Today, I was whom!

–Jonathan Caswell

*  “El Kabong”…term used in a cartoon entitled “THE QUICK DRAW MCGRAW SHOW”, about a horse-superhero and administered justice by hitting the villain over the head with a huge guitar.   sounding like: “el kabong”.

SERENDIPITOUS MISTAKES

SERENDIPITOUS MISTAKES

He knew he’d paid a lot,

For the special device he’d got…

When the package came through

There were, in fact, two–

His first thought was…THANKS A LOT!

Electrical backup–her chair–

Would work with no power there….

A powered C-PAP

Was now a snap,

The reason of which he’d been unaware.

His own sleeping is easier,

His C-PAP won’t stop when it’s breezier….

Enough to bring down

Power poles in town,

With the second back-up–a pleaser!

–Jonathan Caswell

LOBSTER LEGS

LOBSTER LEGS

His legs, swollen and red,

Were as bad as his doctor said…

Vanquishing edema

Takes more than a dreamer,

Much consistent treatment, instead!

–Jonathan Caswell

MY TURN: LIMERICKS

MY TURN: LIMERICKS

He had but one suit to travel,

Caught a thread–started to unravel—

With increasing speed

He found the need

To in good sewing dabble!.

Stomach capacity

Is lessened one would agree…

By eating less

One fits that new dress,

And outfits that made for the breed.

Halloween is coming,

In August candy sales humming,,,

Already scare

With prices we bear,

These pre-season sales’re drumming!

Ornamental cabbage and mums

Signal that autumn comes,,,

Oktoberfest nears,

For some meaning beers

And others a fair to run.

To the exercise room I can get,

But haven’t been inside yet…

Before my shift

I could in there drift,

But after work–nyet!

–Jonathan Caswell

LESS ENCUMBERED!

LESS ENCUMBERED!

(Adult material)

The Poet feels so free,

In draining out his wee…

His catheter tube

Has been removed

No pulling on leg number three!!!

–Jonathan Caswell

E..R.FANCIFUL

E.R. FANCIFUL

(Sing to: “Animal Crackers in My Soup”)

Vitals monitor Calliopes,

Winking lights on most of these…

Figures come and figures go

Avoiding trips in the hallway flow.

Mini Zamboni clean the floor,

Curtains shield every glass door…

Nurses in the center command

Video screens for the tasks at hand!

Even for patients quickly served,

Proper decorum observed,

Tests take time to conquer pain…

Otherwise treatment’s down the drain.

–Jonathan Caswell