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BITS AND PIECES ~ TELL ME WHY I CAN’T READ MY OWN HANDWRITING

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I CAN’T READ MY OWN HANDWRITING

David Verdery

 

Have you ever heard the word “micrographia?”

It means your handwriting is so small

That no one can read what you’re writing at all.

And even worse, you can’t read it either, can ya?

 

I learned the word and what it means on Christmas eve.

When I fell off a ladder, hanging lights for the service

At midnight. I went to the urgent care facility, nervous

About both the accident and the job I had to leave,

 

I arrived and filled out the usual form for insurance.

The doctor saw me right away and sent me to the x-ray.

Good news, there was nothing broken. I said “hooray”.

The doctor said I must have some hearty endurance.

 

He said the bruising was rough, but it would go away.

He wanted to ask about my writing, and why it was so bad

I responded with an “I don’t know” and he looked very sad

And said “I think you have micrographia, it’s hard to say.”

 

“I have some questions for you that will help us find

What’s been developing in your brain that has created

This radical change in an area we have often debated.

Whether poor penmanship points to problems in the mind.

 

First, do you have vivid nightmares that you’re a part of?

(yes) do you have problems with balance? (obviously)

Are you often constipated? (yes) do you ever sense any

Tremors in your fingers, hands, feet? (not that I know of)

 

Have you had any change in the senses of taste and smell?

(not that I can tell) how about your ability to swallow?

Do you choke when you drink? (now, I think I follow)

This sounds like questions about Parkinson’s, I can tell.

 

My best friend has the disease; he faces it with a smile.

He’s doing better than expected because he was told

That jo Rosen and her ParkinsonsResource.org 31 years old

Helps people with Parkinson’s walk that extra mile!

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Updated: August 16, 2017