Picking My Battles

I am supposed to take my NY licensing board exam today, but I decided not to do it. I will wait until August for the next exam. This past month my work schedule was crazy and I did not get a chance to review a thing, and I know -just know – that I need…

The April A – Z Blog A Day Challenge

Back in 2010 I took on the WordPress blog a day challenge. I made it to about twenty posts, and then realized that it was way too much of a commitment to try a write a blog a day for 365 days. I came across this new challenge called The April A to Z blog…

Is Anyone Else’s Sugar Really Any Sweeter

Why is it that what everybody else has, everybody else wants? Why are people never satisfied with the life they have, the life they have been given. I can honestly say that I am satisfied and happy with the life I have. Do I wish that I did anything differently? No. Not at all. Every…

Flashback Monday -Wha Wha Wha!

Originally Posted on October 10, 2010 I dislike complainers. I guess that makes me one because I am complaining about them. Anyhow, it really gets me when all people do is complain and look for the negative in every freaking thing. Can’t people just appreciate what they have and shut the #@*¤ up?! I use twitter,…

Now Ladies Can Stand Just Like Men

In a recent post, “Traveling And Diuretics“, I wrote about my trials and tribulations when traveling and my need to pee because of my medications. One of my readers commented that unlike men, women do not have the convenience of standing up and peeing behind a tree if there is no bathroom around. Well, I…

Traveling And Diuretics

It is amazing how you need to plan your life when you have chronic conditions. Simple things like a road trip become an event. I need to figure out if I need to walk with my portable liquid oxygen or my concentrator, or both. How many days of medication I need. If I am flying…

Exams Not Of The Medical Kind and Stress

In exactly one week I have to take an exam. Not of the medical kind – for once! This exam is the New York Board exam for licensure in Massage Therapy. I already took my national exam and passed, so that I can be licensed in 48 states. However, NY, Ohio and Hawaii all have…

Finding Little Bits Of Peace

Standing with my back to the shower, I let the warm (bordering on hot) water cascade down onto my head as I tilt my head back at just the correct angle to allow the water to completely cover my ears so that all I hear is the sound of water rushing past my ears, and pounding on…

Flashback Monday -Verify Facts Or It Can Blow Up In Your …. Chest?

Originally Posted on October 7, 2010 I recently received a few tweets and retweets about “A Rare Case of a Spontaneously Exploding Defibrillator”. Naturally I was intrigued, well, because I have a defibrillator and would not really think it fun to have one explode in my chest. I clicked on the link for the story and was taken…

Changes In Appearance

My blog had the same theme for the past four  years, and it is so out dated that the theme was retired by WordPress. So I decided to update the look of my blog with a new, cleaner, more modern theme. If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, be patient with me as…

What Is Your Speak?

This weekend I am away on business, and this morning I went to pick up some bagels at a local bagel store. I speak with an accent that is apparently not discernible to most people. I have been asked if I my accent is French, Dutch, Irish, Egyptian, South African, among others. I grew up in the caribbean, and…

Time’s Up On My Defibrillator Already?!

I thought I had at least another year, maybe two before I saw the inside of an operating room again. Another year or two before I lie on that table strapped into place, wide awake, as the cut my chest open and rip out my low battery defibrillator and ship it off to India (Yes,…

Can An ICD Interrogation Actually Hurt?

Today I had my ICD interrogated in person. Twice a year my ICD transmits remotely from home, and twice a year I have to go into my electrophysiology doctor’s office to get it checked. The in person visit is a more in depth interrogation than the remote transmission in that they actually run a test…

Flashback Monday -The Journey Continues

Originally Posted on October 7, 2010 I have become attuned to my body’s energy cycle. I have energy from when I wake to around 1:00 pm. Then I crash from 1:00 to 4:00. I have energy from then until about 9:00, then start crashing again. It has a lot to do with my medications, because it…

I Need To Stay In Bed On A #Sarcoidosis Day

Everyone with a chronic condition or conditions has had a day, or days where they just are not feeling “right”. I don’t mean the pain or usual symptoms that come with the condition, but a day when you are just not in balance, where your coordination is off, your brain is a fog, and just…

50K! Wow!

I always said I never intended for this blog to be anything “big”, but today I hit the 50,000 view mark. Not much by some other blogs which probably get that many views in a day, but for my little blog, that’s amazing! Thanks for dropping by everyone!

What Else Can I Say, But Thank You

Happy New Year! I can’t believe that it is another year finished and a new one already a week old! I am so grateful to be able to see another year end and another year begin. For experiencing another Christmas, New Year, deep freeze, snowfall, snow melt, and refreeze. The little beauties of nature that…

Is Your Primary Care Doctor Listening To You?

I get some emails asking questions about sarcoidosis and my related conditions, and the chief complaint in the majority of the emails is that “My doctor does not listen to me!” So I was wondering, just how many of us feel that way. I know we all have multiple doctors, but I want to know…

Flashback Monday -Hey! Statistics Say That Your Time Is Up.

Originally Posted on October 1, 2010 I received an email from a reader who was just diagnosed with cardiacsarcoidosis. He said he was having a hard time dealing with the diagnosis and he read a statistic that patients with cardiac sarcoidosis have a life span of five years, and he wanted to know how much time…

Screw The Flu Shot

It’s the beginning of January, and for the first time since being diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2006, I have not gotten the flu. I never had the flu before getting Sarcoidosis, but my doctors, especially after getting sarcoidosis in the heart and the resulting heart failure, all convinced me to get a flu shot. “You…

Don’t let another good dog die needlessly

Originally posted on mrsskeats:
This page is set up as a memorial and as a legacy for Joe- Boy, a lovely collie dog rescued by us and loved by us until a freak accident took him away.  We intend to stop as many people as we can, and as many dogs as we can, from…