Pulmonary Hypertension Complicating Sarcoidosis

One of the conditions I have developed due to my sarcoidosis is pulmonary hypertension. I came across this article about the complications of PH and psarcoidosis. Pulmonary hypertension complicating sarcoidosis. AuthorsNunes H, et al. Show all Journal Presse Med. 2012 May 18. [Epub ahead of print] Affiliation University Paris 13, UPRES EA 2363, Assistance publique-Hôpitaux…

Finding My Dreams In A Song

This post was originally in December, but for some reason I never got around to posting it. The other day my wife asked me if I had any dreams and I honestly could think of none. Have I allowed my condition to stop me from truly living? How the hell could I not have any…

Not So Special Anymore

When I first was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, I was just your average sarcoidosis patient. And as time went by, the hole in my heart was discovered, then they found that the sarcoidosis had become active in the heart and the heart went into failure. Then as a result of those things, I developed pulmonary hypertension, and…

Lessons From Nature

Life’s lessons can, and almost always do, appear in the most unlikely of places. The other night a mouse made himself the unwelcome guest in our house, and unfortunately for him, our cat, a large beautiful rescue cat (he rescued us), found him first. As our cat clamped his mouth around the small creature’s tail…

Teeth Cleaning And Antibiotics

It used to be that if you had heart disease of any kind, doctors prescribed a treatment of antibiotics if the patient was going in for any type of procedure at the dentist. The thought was that the bacteria in the mouth from your cleaning would get into the blood stream and get to the…

A “Thinking Out Loud Post” – Waiting

Ever wonder why we wait so long at the doctor’s office? It seems there are more people in the waiting room every time I go to my cardiologist. Today I had an appointment at 11:15 and as I was checking in, another person came in and checked in for the same time for the same…

Simplified – What Is Heart Failure?

A reader wrote asking me to give a simple explanation of what is heart failure. It’s simple. At the age of 45, your heart is required to take a mandatory multiple choice exam, of which it must get 70% grade or higher to pass. If not, it fails, thus heart failure. Okay, I tried. I…

Kindness, Always Kindness

If you find yourself in a confrontation of any kind with anyone, be it a family member or a stranger, before reacting ask yourself, “Is what I am about to say motivated by my need to be right, or my desire to be kind?” Then pick a response that stems from kindness, regardless of how…

Forgiveness

Revenge, anger, and hatred are exceedingly low energies that keep you from matching up with the attributes of the universal force. A simple thought of forgiveness toward anyone who might have angered you in the past will raise you to the level of Spirit and aid you in your individual intentions. Forgiveness is really an…

No Matter What You Do, I Send You Love

When I decided to return to massage school, I was assured by the school that they will work with me and my conditions. The school has been swallowed up by another corporation and the rules have changed. Of course now everyone is back tracking and claiming they never said as such, and that they were…

Plaquenil Withdrawal

Saturday was a week since I stopped taking Plaquenil, aka Hydroxychloroquine, per my doctor’s instructions, and I think I am going through some form of withdrawal. I took the drug as a treatment for sarcoidosis and one of the side effects is a reduction in white blood cells, which is what has happened to me. Plaquenil…

A Wasted Heart?

There is no greater gift than that of a second chance at life, and the ultimate gift is for a parent or spouse to decide to donate their loved one’s organs so that another person may have life. When an organ is donated, the recipient has a second chance, an opportunity given by the universe to…