THE SHIP THEY CALL "ALZHEIMER'S"
THE SHIP THEY CALL 'ALZHEIMER'S'
Hello my friend, welcome aboard
The ship they call 'Alzheimer's'
There's forty thousand under sixty-five
'Young onset' to 'Old timers'
It doesn't matter what you call it
The umbrella term's 'Dementia'
On the ship they call 'Alzheimer's'
Every day's a new adventure
Forget your hip replacement
And your osteoarthritis
They were only the 'support act'
For your 'brand new' daily crisis
They say things are never over
Until the 'Fat Lady' sings
And she is warming up her vocal chords
That's why you have 'mood swings'
Remember... don't forget your passport
You took two hours to fill that form
You should have seen it coming mate
As now it really is the 'norm'
Checking it once, checking it twice
Like a letter to Santa Claus
Then another three or four times
If you decide to take a pause
When you lose your motivation
And interest in different things
Remember life is not yet over
Until the said 'Fat Lady' sings
You may lose your sense of humour
Some close friends along the way
Then some of your inhibitions
I guess that's what I'm trying to say
When you see me do impulsive things
Risks I normally wouldn't take
It's how I am my friend these days
Not really a 'piss take'
I know I am quite repetitive
I'm not trying to be a pain
I'll ask you once, then ask you twice
And then again, again, again
I'll write things down, forget your name
One time, two times, three times, four
I'll call you buddy, pal or mate
Then go back and check the door... again, again, again
Simple things, routes and routines
Tea and toast and Heinz Baked Beans
And memorable possessions
It's hard to plan, it's hard to judge
Hard to make a decision
Apathetic right down to the core
Waste time, watch television
My voice sometimes appears so slurred
My speech now slow and hesitant... (pause)
I've forgotten what I want to say
'Is Donald Trump still President'?
Healthcare professionals and the Psychologists'
The tests and leaflets they gave out
The Consultant and Neurologist
With MRI scan shows no doubt
Early diagnosed Alzheimer's
'Have I had my tea'?
Captured at a very early stage
So please remember... I'm still me
(c) Ged the Poet/Daniel Dwyran
(Not posted for a while.. but getting the confidence back).