Tag Archives: neuropathy

NO HOCUS POCUS DIAGNOSIS

NO HOCUS-POCUS DIAGNOSIS

When summoned to see M.R.I.,

He was not really sure why…

Was M.-S. the cause

For certain brain flaws,

The man wasn’t ready to die!

Turns out the white patches small,

Were of little concern at all…

Just artifacts,

Cholesterol impacts

That need better control.

His shaking was genetically

A pass-down from family…

His tippiness key

Was neuropathy,

He couldn’t feel his balance, you see?

–Jonathan Caswell

FOOT SORE

FOOT SORE

 

Little plastic ties on the floor,

‘Though I don’t lay track anymore…

Little railroad ties

Make me realize

It doesn’t take much for a sore.

 

–Jonathan Caswell

 

PHANTOM CREEPY-CRAWLIES

PHANTOM CREEPY-CRAWLIES

 

I perch on the bathroom throne,

Thinking I am alone…

Then feeling a crawling

Up my leg (appalling),

I brush it off quickly and groan.

But there is nothing there,

The “bug’ vanished into thin air…

It sounds so mean

While feelings careen

‘Tween fear and utter despair.

Infections for a diabetic are worse,

Enough (a continual curse)…

But creepy-crawlies

And neuropathies,

Of phantom bugs are really adverse!

 

–Jonathan Caswell

 

NOT QUITE LEPROSY

NOT QUITE LEPROSY

Not quite like leprosy,

When parts start dropping off…

Not like incontinence

Becoming moist with each cough.

But having your wife tickle your feet

On the soles and staying asleep…

Diabetes tends toward neuropathy,

Not the kind of thing one wants to reap!

‘Course, maybe his sleeping was so sound

To ignore a three-alarm fire…

It’s happened at least once before it seems,

To irritated neighbors’ ire.

Lack of feeling can get steadily worse

And legs can turn colors too…

When not having kept blood sugars controlled,

There’s only so much one can do.

Whatever tighter control one can claim

Slows down more rapid decay…

Although he may sleep soundly enough,

With bare feet he cannot get away!

–Jonathan Caswell