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Health Policy Valentines

The best thing about Valentine’s Day, in my opinion, is that it inspires people to create poetry.  One would expect the topic  of the poems to be love, or lust, or something about romance.  That’s not what happened on Twitter this year.

There are many people in the United States that are very freaked out, and rightfully so, about what will happen if the Republicans in Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) without replacing it with something else.  On the other side of the pond, some are concerned about what will happen if the government privatizes the National Health Service (NHS).

Put this all together, and you end up with a multitude of #HealthPolicyValentines.

I decided to select the...

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Twitter Haiku: Still Counting the Pollen

This year, I decided to document my struggle through the fall pollen season in the form of haiku. If you’re going to complain about your health – you might as well do it in a creative way.

I also wanted to share how bad my allergies were due to the fall pollen season and give people a glimpse into what it is like to be me. This year’s fall pollen season started August 9, 2016, and it continued through September 30, 2016. That’s a total of 53 days of being sick, in a row, with no end in sight.

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Twitter Haiku: Counting the Pollen

In 2015, I suffered through the worst pollen seasons I’ve ever experienced.  The spring pollen season went away – and the fall pollen season started not long after that.

I knew I would be going through the same allergen induced agony again this year.  I believed it would be easier since I had lived through it before and kind of knew what to do to alleviate the worst symptoms.  You can probably tell from the “selfie” that was in a ton of pain by the end of August.

Here begins the “Saga o...

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Twitter Haiku: Whistles, Pops, and Booms

At the end of every month, I gather up all of the haiku that I posted on Twitter and put it into a blog. Sometimes, the haiku end up telling a story. Such is the case this time.

All of the haiku in this blog were written in July, a month where I typically freak out about fireworks. I’m a fan of fireworks displays that are done by professionals. I’m strongly against fireworks done by random people in a mobile home park where all the homes are very close together while a drought is going on.

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Twitter Haiku: Working On It

June was all about working on things. For me, this involved writing work and doing things that would hopefully improve my health. Shawn started a new “diet” (for lack of a better word) that seems to be helping him. In addition, I’ve been trying to finish weeding the backyard. It’s still a work in progress.

My neighbors decided that June was the month to work on all kinds of home improvement projects. On one side, the neighbor had a worker add blinds to the outside of her front porch, and was asking for a fence. On the other side, someone new moved in and immediately started fixing up the inside of the mobile home.

While all these changes...

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Twitter Haiku: Pushing the Envelope

The phrase “pushing the envelope” is an idiom that can be explained as “to approach or extend the limits of what is possible”. May turned out to be all about that, quite unintentionally.

I was pushed out of my comfort zone in many different ways. Some were good, and others were less than ideal. I wrote very few haiku in May. I guess this is what happens when your physical body needs extra energy to cope with allergens, irritants, and chronic illnesses. Something had to give, and it turned out to be the poetry.

An unexpected thing hap...

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But, I Was Just Explaining….

This poem was written about an unwanted “discussion” (for lack of a better word) that I got pulled into online. I had retweeted something that was both political and about women’s access to health care. I commented that the thing I’d retweeted mentioned three politicians, all of whom were men, and all of whom were against the idea of women being able to make their own decisions about their reproductive parts.

Somehow, this was enough to inspire a guy whom I only vaguely knew to flood my Twitter feed with angry, “mansplaining” comments. I’m quite certain that other women have had the same, draining, frustrating experience that I did. This poem is for all the ladies out there who may have been thinking, and feeling, the same way I did while some angry man freaked out over a retweet that had nothing to do with him.

“So, that’s what I think about that,” she...

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Twitter Haiku: The Yin and Yang of Life

April was filled with unexpected positives and negatives, one following the other. If I were make visual art about my experiences this month, it would include a Yin Yang.

This month was filled with small amusements and somewhat larger upsetting situations. I tend to complain on Twitter in the form of haiku, and unintentionally ended up with a mix of poems about a small moment of joy or a lingering moment of pain.

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Twitter Haiku: Much to Say in March

In February, I unintentionally went with the minimalist approach to poetry. I posted very few haiku on Twitter.

I had much to say in March, thus making up for the haiku “drought” of the previous month. The majority off it was a running commentary about the workers next door who were in the process of putting a new mobile home on the lot.

The haiku I...

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Twitter Haiku: Going Away

February was a really strange month for me. Pollen season started at about the same time I had to begin doubling the dose of a new medication. The old mobile home next door was in the process of being taken apart so it could be removed. Things got a bit surreal for most of this month.

As a result, I only managed to write a few haiku on Twitter. Usually, I remember exactly what I was writing them about. Some of these haiku gave me hints about what inspired me to write it. Others? Well, whatever those thoughts were have gone away.

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