"Sick," a poem to share

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JRites, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. JRites

    JRites New Member

    Disclaimer: I am a marketing writer, not a poet. But, I thought I would share this little ditty with you. :)

    SICK

    Inspired by Shel Silverstein’s poem of the same name: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/16480

    My name is Janet Keeley
    and I have a weird disease.
    It snuck up on me quickly
    And then worsened by degrees.

    It started 16 months ago
    I just got really tired.
    Then pain and muscle cramps set in
    And in sickness I was mired.

    I couldn’t think of words for things.
    I was at a loss.
    As a writer I was lucky
    That I am my own boss.

    To find out what was wrong with me
    I saw doctors left and right.
    Some gave a diagnosis.
    Others told me, “You’re alright.”

    “It’s Lyme Disease.” “It’s mono.”
    “It’s depression.” “It’s your blood.”
    I felt like I was drowning
    In an information flood.

    They poked and prodded and all agreed
    On the diagnosis of last resort.
    “It’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” they said.
    I wasn’t happy with this report.

    Family practitioner, immune specialist, pulmonologist,
    Orthopedist… all agreed.
    They all were confident that they knew
    Exactly what I would need.

    “Take this drug, supplement, shot, IV,”
    they each would excitedly say.
    “If you inject kutapressin in your leg for three months,
    I know it will go away!”

    “Buy this,” “Do this,” “Eat this,” they said.
    Each of them sincere.
    And I, so desperate for help,
    listened with eager ear.

    For three months I had a horrific cough
    Miserable each day.
    And for three months I had stomach issues
    So awful I cannot say.

    Fevers, aches and shooting pains
    Along with extreme fatigue.
    Are things I live with daily.
    Every doctor is intrigued.

    This disease with such an awful name…
    It sounds like I’m just tired.
    I’m told that millions have it
    And a new name has been inspired.

    Myalgic Encephalopathy.
    Ah but what’s in a name?
    It doesn’t make a difference to me.
    I’m still sick all the same.

    To do my daily work I have to
    Take a nap or two.
    To meet a friend for lunch I also
    Have to take one to renew.

    To go for drinks or dinner
    I have to rest to make it there.
    Getting ready entails so much more
    Than just fixing my short hair.

    Acupuncture and therapeutic massage
    Help my body feel relaxed.
    And psychotherapy relieves my
    Emotions that are overtaxed.

    When friends ask how I’m doing
    I say, “Oh, I’m just fine.”
    When deep inside I know fair well
    That I have just been lying.

    Sixteen months and now I’m
    Seeing a new physician.
    And he and I are working hard
    To accomplish our new mission.

    To repair my adrenals, my thyroid,
    My immune system, my heart.
    To find a way to give my body
    A chance at a brand new start.

    It’s day by day… Sometimes hour by hour.
    But something gets me through.
    Please know that many times
    That something has been you!
  2. lrgatplay

    lrgatplay New Member

    This is just awesome.

    Hope you don't mind if I print it out.

    Good luck to you.

    Lisa
  3. pearls

    pearls New Member

    Your ditty made me smile,
    As ditties are wont to do.
    And smiling makes me happy,
    I hope you're happy too!

    It describes your aches and pains,
    but in such lighthearted style
    It helps to lighten what to us
    Is one big terrible trial.

    And so I say to you, my friend,
    That should you like to ditty,
    You know you'll have an audience here,
    For you are very witty!

  4. Majella

    Majella New Member

    hi

    i just read your poem. Im suffering now for bout six years and only diagnosed bout four i also have arthritis and the pain is unberable sometimes, i have been in the chat room but alas, not much joy there they all said hello but no one wanted to chat with me they seem to all have thir own friends.

    well written little poem and it cheered me up reading it.

    Hope to chat with you sometime

    Majella
  5. Majella

    Majella New Member

    hi

    i just read your poem. Im suffering now for bout six years and only diagnosed bout four i also have arthritis and the pain is unberable sometimes, i have been in the chat room but alas, not much joy there they all said hello but no one wanted to chat with me they seem to all have thir own friends.

    well written little poem and it cheered me up reading it.

    Hope to chat with you sometime

    Majella
  6. Majella

    Majella New Member

    hi

    i just read your poem. Im suffering now for bout six years and only diagnosed bout four i also have arthritis and the pain is unberable sometimes, i have been in the chat room but alas, not much joy there they all said hello but no one wanted to chat with me they seem to all have thir own friends.

    well written little poem and it cheered me up reading it.

    Hope to chat with you sometime

    Majella
  7. Majella

    Majella New Member

    hi

    i just read your poem. Im suffering now for bout six years and only diagnosed bout four i also have arthritis and the pain is unberable sometimes, i have been in the chat room but alas, not much joy there they all said hello but no one wanted to chat with me they seem to all have thir own friends.

    well written little poem and it cheered me up reading it.

    Hope to chat with you sometime

    Majella
  8. Majella

    Majella New Member

    hi

    i just read your poem. Im suffering now for bout six years and only diagnosed bout four i also have arthritis and the pain is unberable sometimes, i have been in the chat room but alas, not much joy there they all said hello but no one wanted to chat with me they seem to all have thir own friends.

    well written little poem and it cheered me up reading it.

    Hope to chat with you sometime

    Majella
  9. Majella

    Majella New Member

    hi

    i just read your poem. Im suffering now for bout six years and only diagnosed bout four i also have arthritis and the pain is unberable sometimes, i have been in the chat room but alas, not much joy there they all said hello but no one wanted to chat with me they seem to all have thir own friends.

    well written little poem and it cheered me up reading it.

    Hope to chat with you sometime

    Majella
  10. Majella

    Majella New Member

    hi

    i just read your poem. Im suffering now for bout six years and only diagnosed bout four i also have arthritis and the pain is unberable sometimes, i have been in the chat room but alas, not much joy there they all said hello but no one wanted to chat with me they seem to all have thir own friends.

    well written little poem and it cheered me up reading it.

    Hope to chat with you sometime

    Majella
  11. pearls

    pearls New Member

    Majella, please delete all those ditto messages!

    Pearl S.