From my desk: 12/22/2022

Being sick is bad
Medicine is worse for you
What do you do now?

(Medical Haiku)

Today was the first day of my new medication, Simponi Aria. It is a very successful medication to treat psoriatic arthritis and other illnesses, but paired with Methotrexate has been life-changing for many people. The medication is given via IV infusion. I had to weigh in, answer tons of questions, hear all the precautions, etc. The infusion would take 30 minutes.

29 minutes was up. How do I know that? Because it was only a minute later that the beeper beeped telling the nurse my injection was complete. So 29 minutes, almost all the medicine right in my blood and I get an itch on my wrist. Then I got a second itch but this one was one hive! So, they rinsed out the IV line, gave me pills for my stomach, Benadryl through IV, a steroid through the IV, some other fluids and one other thing. I now need to take steroids for 6 days and 2 Zyrtec every night for two weeks. I guess I’m allergic to some component. I see the doctor in a few weeks. The nurses said I might feel great for a few weeks and to enjoy it if I do.

I came home from a 2-hour appointment, that was supposed to be 30 minutes, and went to sleep. Now, obviously awake, I have a horrible headache. I have been told to go directly to the ER if my throat begins to close up. Great! Otherwise, I’m fine…I am thankful for that.

Has anyone been on Simponi Aria?

Haibun Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Donna is the host of this Go Dog Go Cafe prompt:

Your prompt this week is to write about the season you are in and something you do during that season. Go where the prompt leads.


Time to water and watch buds bloom. In a new place this year where new plants are popping up everywhere. The birds and squirrels eagerly look for nourishing treats.
Enjoying the warm
Evening breezes delightful
Smell the Earth’s perfume
©2022 CBialczak Poetry

Welcome to Go Dog Go Cafe’s Haibun Wednesday!

Find it here:

Some things to keep in mind when writing haibun:

  • The range of haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiography, diary, essay, prose poem, and travel journal.
  • A haibun is a combination of prose and haiku.
  • The prose is brief and simple and usually written in the present tense.
  • The haiku should not attempt to repeat, quote, or explain the prose.

This week’s prompt is to write on your Thoughts about Spring. Go where the prompt leads.

As the weather warms, my bones ache less,
my muscles lose their tension, my thoughts wander,
I find time to enjoy life, I find myself thankful for all I have.

Bringing in new life
Colors blend with sights and sounds
Now for a fresh start

©2022 CBialczak Poetry