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Road Blocks, a poem by Lexi Flint


Road blocks, a poem by Lexi Flint

Trying to move forward

holding on to the past

hopes

and

dreams

yet unfulfilled.

Road blocks

in my mind

in the form of

guilt

anxiety

sin

shame

and

fear

stop the flow of creativity

from my brain

to my fingertips

from my keyboard

into your soul.

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My Body, My Choice by Lexi Flint


 

I have been a health care employee for over 20 years and have never had to take a flu shot.  I work overtime weekly because we are so short staffed, and I can’t remember the last time I had to call in. Now I am being mandated to take a flu shot or lose my job. This is happening to health care workers across the country. My primary care physician told me yesterday that if medical staff refuse to take the flu shot they are denied admitting privileges for their patients at area hospital.    This is outright blackmail and should not be tolerated.  If our patients have the right to choose what substances are put into their bodies shouldn’t the health care workers taking care of them have the same rights?  Our basic human rights are being violated. Flu shots are being mandated under the guise of protecting the patient, but who is protecting the employee ? Today its a flu shot, what will tomorrow bring?

Most people that work in health care do so because they like to help people. We give of our time energy and hearts to help our clients regain health and give comfort to those in need. We give of ourselves to help people through some of the most difficult times in their lives and most days we enjoy doing so. However, when employers mandate yearly flu vaccines you take away personal right to choose what is best for their health. The decision about vaccination should be up to the individual and should not be required as a condition for employment.

Our clients have the right to accept or refuse any medical treatment they don’t wants without threats or harassment and healthcare works should have the same rights. Health care organizations can work with their employees to encourage flu vaccination participation without violating their civil liberties.

The CDC encouraged health care workers to be vaccinated against the flu, it is not mandated. The CDC estimated that the vaccine for the 2012-13 flu season was only 56 percent effective. If you know that something may or may not be effective shouldn’t each individual be given the option to choose if they like those odds?  And while flu vaccination is beneficial for some it is not without risk or side effect such as soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, hoarseness; sore, red or itchy eyes; cough, fever, body aches, itching, fatigue, seizure, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea and more.

Mandatory employee flu vaccination is also not recommended by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA). The Joint Commission only requires that health care organizations their educate staff and practitioners about the vaccine; control and prevention measures outside the vaccination regime; and the diagnosis, transmission and impact of influenza.

Please help protect employee rights to choose what goes into their bodies. There are other alternatives to preventing the spread of the flu virus, such as hand washing, use of personal protective equipment, increased housekeeping staff and education of the community at large to decrease the spread of the flu and other communicable diseases.

Follow this link to to join the fight to protect health care workers rights and jobs.

We only need 55 more signatures for our petition to be delivered to our elected officials. It may be too late to save my job but if I can help one doctor, nurse, lab tech, respiratory therapist, paramedics ect save their jobs then I have done my duty.

http://goo.gl/zWmOJ8

For more information see the link below.

From www.NCIV.org

  • “American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) representing 9 million workers: “The Healthy People 2020 Objective of 90 Percent Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Personnel Is A Goal Rather Than a Mandatory Requirement”

    “Unilateral Implementation Of Mandatory Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programs In Unionized Healthcare Facilities Is A Violation Of The National Labor Relations Act – NVAC Should Not Endorse Illegal Acts By Employers”

    “Healthcare workers must be permitted to refuse the annual seasonal influenza vaccination without fear of reprisal for medical, religious, or personal reasons.”

  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT) representing 1.5 million members: “The mandate should be the adoption of a comprehensive standard similar to OSHA blood-borne pathogen standard with requirements for training, voluntary immunization and declination after education.”
  • Association of Flight Attendants-Communications Workers of America (AFA) representing 60,000 flight attendants at 23 airlines: “AFA does not support making influenza vaccination a condition of employment for HCP. As stated in the draft report, this is a controversial and hotly debated recommendation. It is also one that if adopted will have significant, career-altering consequences for workers who object strongly (for whatever reason) to influenza vaccination.”
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): “OSHA is a strong supporter of appropriate education, ready access and signed declination statements for HCP vaccinations. OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen standard regarding Hepatitis B education and vaccination is a best-practice model. Influenza vaccination exemptions should be allowed for HCP with valid medical contraindications to vaccinations, or religious and/or personal objections.”

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Sometimes It Falls, a poem by Lexi Flint


Generational sin,

intentionally hide

in a closet full of skeletons.

They say, " Don’t talk about what happens in this house!"

You learn the rules at a very young ages.

Is it fear?

dread?

retaliation?

sanctification?

Secrets of the past

destined to be repeated,

if not treated,

explored,

destroyed with words of acceptance and love.

Behaviors passed down,

right or wrong?

It has been so long.

The world destroys our men,

Our men devalue our women,

Our women ignore the children

who should be seen and not heard

at times,

maybe?

The Bible says there is a time for everything.

to sow and to reap,  to weep and to laugh.

Now is the time to rebuild our families,

restore our communities

mend our broken homes, hearts

It has been said that,

"a cloud of sin hangs over all of us

and sometimes it falls. "

I choose to carry an umbrella.

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An Unfinished Story, a poem by Lexi Flint


Today is the last day of the April Poem a Day  challenge. I still have a ton of poems to write to catch up . Here’s my effort for day #30 

 

thirty pages to go

thirty pages until the writer

completes their story

yet the file

sits open on her laptop

days

weeks

months

go by without her typing a single word.

maybe fear keeps her from completing it

fear of success,

fear of failure,

fear that her readers will see

what she is hiding deep inside

she has a multitude of

excuses

that keep her characters

in laptop limbo

one explosion,

one last kiss

away from

THE END

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The Quest, a poem by Lexi Flint


Day 28  of the Poetic Asides 2013 poem a day challenge

Write a Shadroma, a six line poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5

here is my attempt.

Enjoy,

Lexi

Part I

He asks what

he doesn’t really

want to know

the answers

to, but curiosity

gets the best of him.

Part II

She answers,

a small lie, smiling

hiding the

truth within

her heart for fear that he

might break it again.

Part III

He grasps her

fragile heart within

his work worn

hands knowing

this may be his last chance to

right the wrongs he made.

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Everyone Lies To Her, a poem by Lexi Flint


Day 25 Everyone lies to her.

 

She had watched enough cop shows to know when someone was lying.

She looked at everyone in the eye and expecting the same in return.

If they refused to look at her

If they looked down at the floor

stammering for an answer

or looked up and to the left

she knew.

Sometimes she wished

she couldn’t read the body language

of strangers,

her lover,

her kids,

then she wouldn’t go the bed each night

With a broken heart

Because everyone lies to her

and it started with the word hello.

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The Extra, a poem by Lexi Flint


Day 26 Write a casting poem

 

Some days she feels as if she was an extra in her own life

instead of having the starring role.

How had she become a supporting cast member

better yet,

the food cart server,

hairdresser,

maid,

and chauffeur?

This was not the life she planned,

cleaning up the messes of others.

Yet she did her duty

day in and day out.

Wishing that one day,

the spot light would once again

shine on her faded hopes and dreams.

If only she had the energy ,

the memory

needed to recall her lines

she could take back the lead

and live the life

she only saw

on the silver screen

of her mind.

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