Infinite  Ability

Dr Satendra Singh, MD

 

The uneasy fumble, the continued struggle and the visible cripple

Became part of his life since inception

The orthopedic surgeon diagnosed PPRP 70%

The proud parents interrupted, it's motivation 100%

The weakened quadriceps were encircled by iron callipers

And two crutches were provided as limp stabilizers

Hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, surgical therapy

Everything was tried without reluctance

No defiance, this was sheer persistence

The tortoise began his education amongst hares


The damaged motor neurons were equally compensated with able mentors


Partial cerebral hypertrophy stabilized the atrophied limb


And the affective domain overpowered the psychomotor defect


Stairs were his biggest fear


They still are


But he achieved his biggest dreams climbing those


Slowly, steadily, at times painfully


He timely realized that the goals needed his ability not disability

 

He may not be a Guyton, Roosevelt or Siebert


He doesn't have to be


To understand that


Life is exhilarating not debilitating


The cerebrum still declares it as post polio residual disability


No, no…says his content left atrium it's infinite ability

 

  Dr Satendra Singh

 

 

Med Humanities Poetry published online February 16, 2011 in

J Med Ethics; Medical Humanities 2011;-:1. doi:10.1136/jmh.2010.006841

Correspondence to Dr Satendra Singh, Assistant Professor of Physiology, Medical Humanities Group, Medical Education Unit, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi 110095, India; dr.satendra@gmail.com

Competing interests None declared.

Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.

 
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