Happy Thank You Day

It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the US. It is the only holiday that all Americans celebrate together despite religions or race. It is a day for giving thanks. And I have a lot to be thankful for today and every day. Number one is my wife. She is my rock. Without her I would not…

Jumping

When interviewing the survivors of suicide attempts, the majority of them say that the instant they step off that ledge or bridge or swallow that hand full of tablets, they have an instant regret. A sudden panic fills their bodies. They have done something stupid, and there is no turning back. Two nights ago I…

Where’s The Energizer Bunny?

Tired. That’s how I have been feeling this past week and a half. Just tired. I have no energy. It feels like every movement is an effort. I haven’t been keeping up with posts to this blog, well, because I’m tired. I should not complain. I don’t usually feel this tired. No reason for it….

Excuse Me, I Expect My Money’s Worth

I got a very long email from a reader today expressing their anger about the sporadic postings of my blog. According to the reader, I had an obligation to fulfill to my readers to keep the blogs coming at a rate of at least one every other day. I really couldn’t understand why this person…

What Ever Happened To Privacy?

When you go to the doctor’s office in the US, you are given the HIPA privacy act information about keeping your medical records private and you need to sign a form that you were given the information. Privacy of your medical information is a big issue, and rightfully so. But what about your other information? I…

Just When You Think It’s Quiet

For the past two weeks I have some congestion in my sinuses and phlegm in my throat that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I have also developed bad breath something that I am extremely conscious of. I went to my doctor today and it turns out this is something not uncommon with Sarcoidosis…

Up And Down

One of the biggest adjustments I had to make since developing sarcoidosis and heart failure is the fluctuations in energy levels. It gets frustrating. One day I have as much energy as the energizer bunny, and then I am like a snail for the next few days. And to make matters worse, on the days…

Where’s That Pen Been?

Well before being diagnosed with sarcoidosis, I was always a bit of a germaphobe, and now even more so, although my wife let’s me know when I am not being careful enough. Treatment for sarcoidosis is basically an almost complete suppression of the immune system, and as a result, we sarkies need to be extremely careful…

Leadless Defibrillator Coming Soon

If you have cardiac sarcoidosis and suffer from heart failure, you more than likely have an implanted cardioverter defibrillator, or AICD. Living with a defibrillator has it’s limitations and dangers. One of the main issues is the viability of the leads that go from the device to the heart. A few years ago there were multiple deaths associated with…