Day 6 of the WEGO Health Writer’s Challenge: Health Haikus

Posted: April 6, 2012 in Pain, symptoms and diagnostics
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Today’s assignment is to write a meditative haiku or haikus about our health focus.
A haiku is a 3 line poem – non-rhyming and in no way Dr. Seussian – of 5 syllable, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables. An optional addition to a haiku is to add a tanka, or 2 final lines of 7 syllables each.

Here goes…

Lori’s Day, Every Day
Nerves and bones afire.
Eludes intervention. Why?
Confusion persists.
It doesn’t help that doctors
Always give up and shrug.

Yea, it’s dark. It’s not very light-hearted, full of rainbows, bunnies and fluffy clouds like so many of the other blogs I’ve read.
Empty hope and false bravado do not make anyone see the need for change.
It is like spraying a pile of dog poop with Febreeze.
It may smell better for awhile, but the poop is still there. (Just like the commercials!)

Attitudes, policies, treatment options – none will change unless enough people learn the reality of what life us like for those of us with health challenges that do not fit the diagnostic algorithms of decades ago. Nothing will change until adults lives are assigned a value equivalent to those of children. Think about it. As soon as a human reaches some magic age, their value decreases.
It sucks to know that my life is considered worthless by policy makers…and insurance companies…and health care providers…and my neighbors.

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