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THE ABCs OF AGING


A is for arthritis,
B is for bad back,
C is for the chest pains. Corned beef? Cardiac?

D is for dental decay and decline,
E is for eyesight--can't read that top line.

F is for fissures and fluid retention
G is for gas (which I'd rather not mention and not to forget other gastrointestinal glitches) H is high blood pressure
Iis for itches, and lots of incisions

Jis for joints, that now fail to flex

L is for libido--what happened to sex? Wait! I forgot about K!
K is for my knees that crack all the time. (But forgive me, I get a few lapses in my M-memory from time to time)

N is for nerve (pinched) and neck (stiff) and neurosis
O is for osteo-for all the bones that crack
P is for prescriptions, that cost a small fortune

Q is for queasiness. Fatal or just the flu? Give me another pill and I'll be good as new!
R is for reflux--one meal turns into two

S is for sleepless nights, counting my fears on how to pay my increasing medical bills!
T is for tinnitus--I hear bells in my ears and the word "terminal" also rings too near
U is for urinary and the difficulties that flow (or not)
V is for vertigo, as life spins by
W is worry, for pains yet found
X is for X ray--and what one might find

Y is for year (another one I'm still alive) so Z is for zest

For surviving the symptoms my body's deployed,
And keeping twenty-six doctors gainfully employed.

-Author Unknown

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