Here's the thing, I got to a point iny my story where an old man comes by who's crippled, half burned, blind in one eye and has gray patches in his hair and find I'm not sure how to put it down on paper. I described him in one paragraph but got worried that the readers would either get bored of reading a paragraph of descriptions or even forget entirely the fellow's ailments. I'm currently casually putting in a description every now and then but now I have a fear that readers will be thinking, 'wait, he's got what?' by the time they've reached a fifth paragraph or perhaps even forget the description. With each character that makes an appearance I'm back to the same issue.