Suzette Pulman is an osteopath and poet. She often uses her poetry for her 60 seconds and today her latest prose focussed on Long Covid and how osteopathy can help
With lockdown reducing, I should feel quite pleased
As the UK steps out from the threat of disease
But I’m still feeling tired, muscles aching and sore
As I’ve had my ‘long covid’ for six months or more.
The illness itself was horrific enough
The six weeks in hospital endlessly tough
Scared, lost and helpless, couldn’t breathe on my own
And now I’m still frightened, just frightened at home.
What was taken for granted now feels very hard
With muscles now wasted and lungs that are scarred
It feels like I’ll never be normal again
That I need some help now is increasingly plain.
Lymm Clinic’s the place I can find what I need
A chat with Suzette, and my panic recedes
She sets up a plan to encourage and treat
And assures me I WILL soon be back on my feet!
With my rib cage and diaphragm soothed and unwound
The confidence lost is gradually found.
The muscles once weakened are active and strong
And I finally tell my ‘long covid’ – “So long!”