Hollywood, Stop Messing With Me

Last night I started to watch “The Last King Of Scotland”, a movie about the Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin and his friendship with his personal doctor, who was his closest advisor. I love biographies, and this movie, at the very start said “based on actual people and events”. Well, what could be better than a…

Happy Birthday To Me!

It's my birthday! I made it to 53! I am so grateful to still be here on this planet. I was told in 2007 that I would need a heart /lung transplant by 2012, and I am still here with my original heart and lungs, functioning well. Yep, it's great to be 53!   Written…

11 Reasons I Need To Move To San Diego, California

Ever since I went on vacation to San Diego in October last year, I can't stop thinking about there. I have been places before, but no where that touched my spirit as much as there. It is the only place I have ever been where I literally felt as if I had to live there….

Snapshots Of My Life: Expressions Of My Gratitude

Sitting at the podiatrist Waiting my turn Hearing a toddler scream Watching the parent burn Hoping that quickly They will be gone like a gust Silently thanking ourselves Children we chose not for us             Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

Motivational Monday: Be Happy For This Moment

All too often, life with a chronic illness can be a pain, literally, but I always say I would rather be with the pain at times than have the alternative. Death. This is my life, and I cherish every moment of it. Even the days that may not be the best.   Written by Basil…

Snapshots Of My Life: Am I Seeing Things?

The other night I was outside walking the dog, and this large green, dragonfly looking thing flew over us and hovered for a bit, and when I looked up I swear it had a human like face. I think that I have been taking too many prescription drugs for too long. I wrote this post…

A Great Reblog: To The Lady Who Tutted At Me Using The Disabled Toilets

Shamefully, I would confess to hearing extreme noises in public bathrooms and thinking to myself “What the hell did that person eat?”, and not stop to think that the person may have a medical condition. After reading this, I don’t think I will have those thoughts anymore. Originally posted on So Bad Ass Dear lady…

Flashback Friday: Let Yourself Be

Originally posted to my blog on May 10, 2011 As I browse the sarcoidosis and heart failure blogs, they all seem to have a common theme going on now, and that is frustration. Frustration with the condition, frustration with friends and family, and frustration with having to keep up appearances.

Why Do Receptionists And Nurses Question You

I am in either a doctor's office at least every month, and every time I go, sometimes the receptionists will do it, but the nurses always do it. They ask me what am I in for today? Why? Do they hold a doctor's degree and will be conferring with the doctor to come up with…

Snapshots Of My Life: Geriatric Jail Bait

Yesterday, I went to Trader Joe's at what must have been right after the bus from an old person community off loaded. The place was packed with old people, and they were moving very slowly, jamming up the aisles.

Winter Is Ripping Apart My Hands

I'll admit that I am a germaphobe to a certain extent, but I am not OCD. I do wash my hands a lot, I am a chef after all and this winter is torture on my hands. The skin is already thin from being on prednisone for so many years, and add to that the…

I Stopped Questioning The Universe

    I recently read a post (which inspired this post) over at fellow PAH blogger, Living On O2 For Life entitled “Why?” where she questions her place in the order of things with regards to surviving her pulmonary hypertension and living to adulthood when a child with the same condition died. If you are…

Happy Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day. A day of so many emotions for so many people. There are those young ladies, and men, that are hoping, expecting, yearning for that elusive proposal over a candle lit dinner at a dimly lit, expensive restaurant tonight. There are those men, and women that are stressed out because they are going to…

Snapshots Of My Life: Deep Breaths

Last night my wife and I went to Bed Bath and Beyond, and while we were there, the store was virtually empty and an announcement came over the PA system for a security check in section four. That's where my wife was, and she said a clerk came into the lane she was in, alone,…

Pulling My Hair Out

Am I alone, or does anyone else find the WordPress app for iOS really annoying? For some reason when ever I use it to write a post (which is seldom now), and I schedule it for a future date, it posts it immediately. Does this happen to anyone else?   Written by Basil Rene ©…

Flashback Friday: If Someone Had Told Me

Originally posted to my blog on May 8, 2011 If someone told me five years ago that today I would have a hole in my heart that would be discovered only after having a mini stroke, I would have laughed.

It’s Friday The Thirteenth And There’s Nowhere To Hide

Today is Friday the 13th. And that’s just the beginning of this year’s epic Friday the 13th trilogy. We’ll have a Friday the 13th in March, too – exactly four weeks after February’s Friday the 13th! Then we’ll have a Friday the 13th in November – exactly 39 weeks (3 x 13 weeks) after February’s…

The Blogging From A To Z April Challenge Is Coming

Hard to believe that the Blogging A To Z Challenge will be rolling around again soon. I just signed up here. I did it last year and it was a really fantastic challenge, which I am proud to say I completed. It works like this. Every day in April you write a new post, except…

21 Things You Need To Do To Live With Sarcoidosis

Almost all the emails I get are from people asking how I got better, and I always say that it was a combination of different things. When I recently I told someone that, they told me to give them a checklist of everything that I did. So here is my checklist of everything I think…

The American Flag: 13 Folds of Honor

Originally posted on My Good Time Stories:
Photo Credit: Beverly & Pack via CC Flickr The history, rituals, and the customs of the United States Military has always fascinated and intrigues me. I hold in highest esteem and respect, all people who has sacrificed their time and/or their lives for their country. A military tradition…

I Changed My Theme

I think that I must have some form of ADHD. I get bored with my blog’s themes very quickly and so I changed my theme once again. Let me know what you think.

My 700th Post

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