I Was Not Sad To Say "Good Riddance!" To Foley

I was not sad to say "Good riddance!" to Foley:

thirty-two months subjected to that curse---

unyielding, unrelenting, and unholy.

Each exchange and replacement was like a rape or worse.


Starward

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Cascade's picture

I cheer with you in the

I cheer with you in the riddance of Foley....here here to your new found freedom!!!!! 

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Thank you so much.  And,

Thank you so much.  And, although I am still unable to walk properly or for any length, it is a freedom---because a step, a legswing in or out of the car, a hard laugh or cough, or any number of body movements no longer aggravate the new placement.  Whoo-hoo!


Enjoy effulgent days, and exquisite nights,

unto the exultations of Heaven.

Starward

Stephen's picture

LOL!!

I thought this was a political poem until I googled and realized it was about a catheter.

Starward's picture

Thank you, sir.   My wife and

Thank you, sir.   My wife and I have suddenly realized that a good deal of my grumpiness---of my downright nastiness---seems to have been caused by the relentless pain of the Foley.  Today, I ventured out to a cardiac appointment---my first outing since the surgery---the difficulty of walking (I still have to use a walker) has dramatically decreased.  And, truth to tell, there is not one American politician that I have ever disliked as much as I have disliked that Foley.  I am amazed how the removal of it has changed my outlook . . . .


And I am trying to avoid political poems at all costs.  


Enjoy effulgent days, and exquisite nights,

unto the exultations of Heaven.

Starward

crypticbard's picture

oh dear, oh dear

Frederic Eugene Basil Foley, MD (April 5, 1891 – March 24, 1966)

 

     Born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Frederic Eugene Basil Foley did not aspire to be a doctor from the time he was in diapers. Instead he graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor's Degree in English in 1914. A year later, he was admitted to the medical school of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, graduating in 1918. He stayed to continue his studies by scrubbing in to surgeries and exploring pathology with Dr. William Stewart Halsted at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. After two years, Frederic moved to Boston, Massachusetts and secured a position as a laboratory assistant at Harvard University in the Department of Surgical Research.

     Frederic was considered a "pioneer" in medicine, as he developed seven urologic devices, including his renowned Foley balloon catheter. Frederic Foley and rubber chemist R.A. Lees created the first prototypes of the balloon urethral catheter and presented at the American Urological Association national convention in 1935. While Frederic was perfecting his model, companies Raiche and Davol patented their own version of the balloon catheter.

     Though patent rights were never awarded to Frederic Foley, the C.R. Bard Company of New Jersey began distribution of balloon catheters under the name of Foley catheters. Though the materials used to create today's catheters are different, the original structure and design remain from the 1930s.

 

(Reference: Tatem, Alexander J., et al. "Frederic Eugene Basil Foley: His Life and Innovations." Urology, vol. 81, no. 5, 2013, pp. 927–931., doi:10.1016/j.urology.2012.12.035.

https://www.urologichistory.museum/histories/people-in-urology/f/frederi...)

 

That was innovative back then but old hat these days.


returning to online poetry, a nomadic journey

Starward's picture

Thank you, and I was very

Thank you, and I was very glad to have that old hat removed.


Enjoy effulgent days, and exquisite nights,

unto the exultations of Heaven.

Starward

patriciajj's picture

An answer to a prayer! So

An answer to a prayer! So happy to learn about your relief through this lighthearted verse. (Is there any subject you can't turn into quality poetry?) May God continue to watch over you. 

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Sorry I missed replying to

Sorry I missed replying to this in a timely manner, but thank you for the compliment.  Today was the first day, since Thanksgiving weekend of 2019, that I have not awakened with a cranky attitude . . . whoo-hoo!  Ain't medical procedures a hoot?


Enjoy effulgent days, and exquisite nights,

unto the exultations of Heaven.

Starward

djtj's picture

I agree

A clever twist to a painful experience.

Starward's picture

Thank you very much for those

Thank you very much for those kind words.


Enjoy effulgent days, and exquisite nights,

unto the exultations of Heaven.

Starward