I wrote this series of stressful haiku between December 29, 2014, and February 26, 2015. Each haiku is a snapshot of my mental state as Shawn and I waited for sixty days after our bankruptcy case was done. Creditors could come after us within those sixty days, and the uncertainty was wearing on me.
I read “Sixty Days” on episode 28 of my Words of Jen podcast.
Christmas is difficult for me because I am allergic to pine trees, fir trees, poinsettias, and all the scented products that are everywhere.
I wrote a short series of haiku on Twitter that show what happens to me as I try and recover from Christmas allergens.Continue Reading “Christmas Recovery Haiku”
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.
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.
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.
The haiku in this blog were written right around the 4th of July. Some people where I live like to shoot off fireworks all month long. The smoke was not good for me.