Starting my National Poetry Month project today: poems that express "Things I Wish You Knew."
I'm planning on sharing TIWYK poems on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays during April. I'll kick things off with a poem for kids about why a person who can walk might use a wheelchair.
WHY USE A WHEELCHAIR WHEN YOU CAN WALK?
Can you think of reasons why?
Maybe there’s something happening
that you can’t tell with your eyes.
Maybe she gets dizzy when she walks,
(she might even start to faint)
and maybe it hurts him to take a step
(his legs might shout a complaint).
Maybe she needs to save energy
to get more than walking done.
Maybe he can walk on a Feel Good Day,
but today isn’t one.
The reasons are many…
Who uses a chair?
Anyone who needs help
by Tabatha Yeatts
One reason an ambulatory person might use a wheelchair is they have dysautonomia:
Dysautonomia is an umbrella term used to describe several different medical conditions that cause a malfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System. The Autonomic Nervous System controls the "automatic" functions of the body that we do not consciously think about, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, dilation and constriction of the pupils of the eye, kidney function, and temperature control. People living with various forms of dysautonomia have trouble regulating these systems, which can result in lightheadedness, fainting, unstable blood pressure, abnormal heart rates, malnutrition, and in severe cases, death. Dysautonomia is not rare. Over 70 million people worldwide live with various forms of dysautonomia.You can learn more about it at Dysautonomia International.
My Juicy Little Universe has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Heidi!