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…