I wrote this yesterday ready for Parkinson's Awareness Week next week. I can't make it much shorter or else I wouldn't be describing Parkinson's as it affects me!
Today has been a good day although not over yet,
Timing tablets well although it’s easy to forget.
Then you’ve gone and blown it, your body takes offence,
Knocks you off your feet, no time for self-defence.
One minute body fine, doing as it should,
Walk, run and dance like you always could.
Within seconds it can zap you, ‘ Parkinson’s attack’!
All control gone and no clue for when it’s back.
From confident to dithering wreck takes no time at all,
Crawling on the floor instead of walking tall.
Feeling very stupid, getting in the way,
How long will this all last, difficult to say.
Say Parkinson’s, think shaking, a tremor of the hand,
Shuffling the feet, muscles tighten and expand.
Freezing in a doorway, cannot move at all,
Stumbling round obstacles, heading for a fall.
Our bodies keep moving when we’re craving rest,
Up and down all night puts you to the test.
Restless legs and panic attacks can strike at any time,
Life becomes a massive wall, impossible to climb!
To get up in the morning is like fighting in a sack,
One step taken forwards, half a dozen back.
By the time household wakes, you’ve crawled a million miles.
No welcome for your family, you just ran out of smiles.
I’ll ask when I need help and explain when I feel bad,
Stuck in public loo, is there anything more sad?
I feel a waste of space not the person that I am,
Give me time to move and ignore me if you can.
I have to shout for Parkinson’s. I have to do my bit!
Find a cure please scientist and let me be rid of it.
Then the person I once was will sing and dance and grin,
A very happy lady, back to being Lin!