One Patient's Positive Perspectives

When we meet don’t hurt me!

I am so glad to greet you,
and want to know your name!
But, when we meet, don’t hurt me.
My joints might be inflamed!

Please do extend your hand,
in a solid gentle way,
but just don’t squeeze too hard,
or I will ache throughout the day.

If you forget and squeeze too firmly,
remembered you will be!
And the next time that we meet,
I won’t shake so willingly.

I’ll remember my last wince
while gazing at your grin
And pull my hand away from you
to shelter it from pain.

Remember I might be sore!

So you can shake my hand,
but remember I might be sore
and I’ll let you shake it again,
and trust you so much more.

I won’t shrink back or shudder
at the thought of your hello,
and I’ll gladly shake your hand
each time we come and go.

Lupus Adventurer

Copyright June 2012

This poem is dedicated to  one of my newest friends in Arizona who is just learning about lupus in efforts to help the Lupus Foundation of America, in its new outreach to Arizona lupus patients, their families and others affected by this auto-immune disease.

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Comments on: "Lupus arthritis, and how to shake my hand" (4)

  1. I love this poem and it is oh so true!!

  2. Thank you!!! It bothers me when people shake hands really hard or squeeze shoulders it give bear hugs. I won’t say anything but I pay for it and wince from then on.

  3. Lupie Adventurer, Why your poem gave me the willies, I don’t know, but I LOVED it. (And this coming from someone who NEVER reads pouty!). I could really relate and wonder how many times people haven’t shaken my hand-and I’ve though it was downright rude. When they might have been thinking, “I don’t want to hurt her!!” Great poem. Annie

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