Two new words have sneaked into our house.
Commonly seen in vascular dementia,
is that shuffling walk
as if feet are stuck to the floor.
The neurologist tossed the two words
into the air, casually,
but I caught them phonetically
in my notebook
and looked them up later.
No cues or modeling or suggestions help.
He can’t change how he moves,
so says Sciencedirect.com
We go for walks, and he shuffles along
Before gait apraxia came in the door,
I would say,
“This isn’t exercise! Walk faster!”
“I can walk you into the ground,”
lagging further behind.
Gait apraxia isn’t alone
in taking up residence.
We have anxiety
wringing its hands in the corner.
We have incontinence in paper diapers,
hanging around the bathroom.
But table manners left for the south,
forgetting to close the door.