Crossing The Bridge From 50% to 20%!

Five years ago today I went in to Mt. Sinai to have a hole in my heart repaired. When I woke up I was expecting that years of questions about my heart would be solved. My fatigue at doing task that required exertion would be a thing of the past. My dizziness when doing exercise…

The Power Of The Mind (Or When Excuses Become Reality)

I always write about the power of positive thinking and the fact that I have not left this astral plane is solely due to the power of thought and a few drugs thrown in here and there. By I know it’s mostly being positive and having faith. The other day I was on a business…

Om P. Sharma Passes Away

Dr. Om P. Sharma passed away and below is his obituary as published on the World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomas website. Obituary Om P. Sharma: The Renaissance Man 1936-2012 Dr. Om Prakash Sharma recently passed away. Dr. Sharma was one of the founders of WASOG and was its president for many years. His…

How Do You Fix A Fix?

Five years ago I had a mini stroke which led to the discovery of my PFO (Patent Foramen Ovalae or hole in the heart), and eventually to the discovery of my heart failure. I had the PFO fixed and how that works is they place a plug much like a small double umbrella in the…

At Last, A Multivitamin Without D

One thing that people with sarcoidosis have to avoid is high amounts of vitamin D. And to find such a thing in a multivitamin is a hard thing to do. So, most of us avoid multivitamins. Well, today I came across a multivitamin for men that is low in vitamin D.  It is called “For…

Weight A Minute

Last week I got my certificate from massage school, and although it is just a piece of paper, it was the mark of a major accomplishment for me. I did it. It took three attempts, but I never gave up on my dream to graduate from massage school. And to celebrate, my wife and did…

Just Another Day

Today I performed my civic duty and answered my county’s summons to appear for jury duty. Why, if we are a democratic society, are forced to appear for this task? If it were truly democratic, then we should be allowed to volunteer. But that’s another blog altogether. My back is still hurting after a week and…

The Wisdom Of Children

Yesterday I was feeling bloated, and I looked in the mirror at myself, and my face was bloated a bit and I felt old. Yes, it happens even to the best of us, a day when you feel like crap and you look at yourself in the mirror and that mirror reflects how you feel….

Every Day A Doctor Visit

Yesterday was my six month eye exam and field of vision tests. They need to be every six months because of plaquenil. It tends to affect the eyes. The tests really don’t bother me except it seems to take almost half a day for my eyes to return to normal after they are dilated. Good news…

Major Hang Ups

Have you ever accidentally hit the emergency button while your phone is locked and your phone stars to call 911? What do you do in that situation? Most people hang up quickly. Did you know that sometimes, even though you think you hung up in time, the call goes through to a 911 dispatcher and…

Back Pain Or Bleed, Hmmm …

Yesterday I went to have my AICD interrogated at my cardiologist and all is well on that aspect. I also had an appointment with my GP in the afternoon about my back, but I thought I would mention it to my cardiologist so he could let me know what is safe to take for the…

Pain In My ….

Back. Back pain is so disabling sometimes. When I was a teenager I injured my back playing sports. I sprained all of my ribs where they attach to the spine and also my sacral area. This weekend a child of one of my friends walked up behind me and slapped me right on my lower…