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Thanksgiving Week Disability Hearing

My first attempt at getting Disability benefits was denied.  I appealed that decision – and got denied again.  The last part of the process involves seeing a Disability Judge (who hopefully is in a good mood that day.).

My Disability hearing was scheduled a few days before Thanksgiving.  I was very anxious that the judge would deny my claim simply because she had to work during Thanksgiving week.  Writing haiku helps me cope with stress.

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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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Saga of the Rising Pollen Count

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” at the end of this blog that I was in a ton of pain by the end of August.

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Working On It

This month involved working on things that could potentially improve my health.  Things are moving slowly, but hopefully headed in the right direction.

Checking up on me today
Confused him last time
June 2, 2016

Had blood test today
Am borderline anemic
So spacey right now!
June 2, 2016

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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.  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.

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Floating 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.

New medication
Double dosage starts today
Watch me float away
February 5, 2016

Way too windy out
Pollen count too high this week
I am struggling
February 15, 2016