Flashback Friday: Pushing On Through

Originally Posted on June 17, 2011 My wife and I are very busy at this time of the year, and it seems we are always working or going to appointments. We work together and are pretty much together 24 hours a day. Yet, one day a week we try to have a date night. Just…

Awesomely Amazing Happy Results

I had a right heart catheterization on Monday to determine what is the cause of the increase in my shortness of breath and huge drop in oxygen saturation with exertion. The possibilities were either my pulmonary hypertension worsened or my heart is going back into failure. Turns out, amazingly, it's neither! All of my pulmonary…

V Is For Vacation

This is a Blogging From A To Z Challenge Post April 25th – V I will be taking a few days off from my blog, and I am resigning from the blogging A to Z challenge. I am having my heart catheterization on Monday morning, and I need to just concentrate on me and my…

R Is For Reschedule

This is a Blogging a From A To Z Challenge post April 21st- R I am supposed to have my heart catheterization in two weeks, but it turns out that somehow the date wasn't sitting right with me, and I always follow my intuition. I also found out that there is some work stuff that…

Q Is For Quiet

This is a Blogging From A to Z Challenge post April 18th – Q This year is nine years since being diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, and in that time I found that it is best to be quiet about my conditions, the way I feel and all what’s going on with me. My wife gave me…

O Is For Operations

This is a Blogging From A to Z Challenge post. April 17th – O If you told me nine years ago today that by now I would have five different operations, four of them alone heart related, I would probably have laughed. And then if you would have told me that I would have a…

N Is For Navigation

This is a Blogging A to Z Challenge post April 16th – N When I started along this journey of my life with sarcoidosis and the accompanying conditions of heart failure and pulmonary hypertension, I had to learn quickly how to navigate my way through the medical establishment. Since I have different conditions, I somehow…

Happy Anniversary

It's five years I have been at it here on WordPress sharing my ramblings! Thanks for sharing the time with me and looking forward to many more ramblings to come.     Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

I Is For Insurance

This is a Blogging From A To Z Challenge Post April 10th – I     Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

E Is For Endurance

This Is A Blogging From A To Z Challenge Post April 6th – E    People with chronic illnesses are often looked upon as weak, pathetic and sorry individuals, people that no longer really have a place in the social circles of past. The truth is, people with chronic illnesses have to endure pain, fatigue,…

C Is For Changes Which Are Good Sometimes – I Hope

THIS IS A BLOGGING A TO Z CHALLENGE POST April 3, 2015 – “C”   2015 is proving to be a year of many changes so far. Some of the changes were stressful, and others were welcome, and yet others were surprising, but needed. And we still have a little over nine months to go…

It’s Time To Let Go

Why stress over someone that won't even check to see if you are alright? Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. Nobody is ever “too busy”. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where you stand with them. If they really care, they will make the time. Very often I…

Flashback Friday: Stepping Out Of The Fish Bowl

Originally posted to my blog on May 12, 2011 There is an old saying that “the last one to know they are in a fish bowl is the fish”, and I can say that has been true for me for the past few weeks. I have been angry and whiny and it has been reflecting…

Facebook Page Is Back By Popular Demand

They came by the thousands, banging on my virtual door, demanding that I reopen my FaceBook page! Okay, well it wasn't that many, but some of you requested I open back my FaceBook page so you can have the blog posts delivered to your news feeds, and I have succumbed. Welcome back Facebook users!  …

Flashback Friday: The Nurse

Originally posted to my blog July 31, 2011 I have a real pet peeve with rudeness. It drives me up the wall, especially in the customer service area, and yes, nursing falls under that category too.I have been having a hard time with my breathing in the past couple of days and my chest hurts…

My Intial Thoughts On The Inogen One G3 POC

I recently wrote a blog post about getting rid of my liquid portable oxygen and getting a personal oxygen concentrator [Click here to read the post]. The new unit, an Inogen One G3 Portable Oxygen Concentrator, was delivered on Friday and here are my initial thoughts on the unit. The unit comes with a wall…

Motivational Monday: It Has To Rain, But Not Today

Life with a chronic illness can suck at times, and for many, it seems the down days are more frequent than the up days. But when you do have the up days, make the most of it. Appreciate it. Enjoy it. Appreciate the rainbow and don't sit around waiting for the rain to return.  …

Flashback Friday: Pushing On Through

Originally posted to my blog June 17, 2011 My wife and I are very busy at this time of the year, and it seems we are always working or going to appointments. We work together and are pretty much together 24 hours a day. Yet, one day a week we try to have a date…

Hey Marketing Department, We’re Not All Over 80!

I have some chronic conditions that apparently medical supply marketers believe only happens to older people. If I look up pulmonary hypertention, I will get photos of grand ma and grand pa with their oxygen tanks, smiling and playing with their grandchildren. If I look up heart failure, it will be pictures of grand ma…

Thumbs Down? Really?

If you read my post about getting a portable oxygen concentrator, and hoping that insurance will pay for it, well, they won't. I am disappointed but not phased. I decided that I will just buy the unit myself. Right now, because of the changes to my insurance plan, I now have to pay $150.00 a…

Flashback Friday: Back From Break

Originally posted to my blog June 3, 2011 Like the consummate theater artist that has played many years out on stage in the same part and needed to get away from the constant day to day grind of being in the public eye, so too did I need to be away from the constant probing…

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…

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…

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…