Why I Refused A Mask At My Doctor’s Office For My Own Protection.

Yes, I know, I am a major advocate for the wearing of masks in public but yesterday I actually had to refuse a mask at my doctor’s office. I went to the radiology department of my doctor’s group to have a sniff test done and the office exercised all the precautionary protocols for COVID-19, with…

No, I Am Not Dead

I received an email from a reader asking if I was dead. If I was, I’m not sure how was I supposed to answer that one. Anyhoo, for the past month I have been working very long hours (thankfully) and haven’t had time to blog on any of my blogs. So thank you for your…

Refusal To Wear A Mask Ends In Death!

People are literally going freaking crazy about having to wear a face mask! What the hell people? It’s just a mask. I have heart failure, stage four scarring of my lungs, hemidiaphragmatic elevation with semi-paralysis (look that shit up) and I have no issue wearing a mask in public. A man, who refused to wear…

Second Look Sunday: I Need Sleep

Originally posted December 2013 It’s been a rough few days for me. On Wednesday night I had a bout of post herpatic neuralgia. I had shingles in my face back in 2008, and to this day I still get times when my left nostril and face either are sensitive to the touch or it feels…

Second Look Sunday: Resilience

Originally posted December 3, 2013 Resilience – an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change If you follow my blog, you already know the list of my conditions as a result of having sarcoidosis. If you don’t, then check out “My Story” above in the tabs. I experienced a lot of…

Olivia’s Music Monday Motivation: Serenity

As I wrote before, Olivia Newton John’s music is basically the playlist to my life. Every night, I listen to this particular song just before going to sleep. It is one of three songs on my “Olivia Go To Sleep” playlist. This particular song is so poignant to everything in my life and living with…

Olivia’s Music Monday Motivation

In 1971, when I was 9 years old, i was outside in my yard playing by myself. The television was on inside the living room and I heard the most beautiful voice eminating from the black and white TV. I ran inside to see who was the angel singing and saw a blond woman in…

Second Look Sunday: Laughing At Myself

Originally posted Novemeber 2, 2013 Yesterday I went to the doctors office at Mt. Sinai and parked in their parking lot which is a six story structure that is usually always full, but I always manage to get a spot. I left the car and took the elevator down to walk over to the hospital…

Second Look Sunday: I Dreamed An Odd Dream

Originally Posted by BASIL RENE on OCTOBER 21, 2013 I do dream at night when I sleep, but I very seldom remember them. Usually they are happy dreams, and flying dreams. Very seldom are they scary. Last night I had a dream that was very disturbing. And so, when I do have one that disturbs…

Ask Me Anything About My Sarcoidosis

A new feature on my blog is, “Ask me about my sarcoidosis”. I started this blog as a way to help other people with sarcoidosis to get more information and since I get a few emails every week asking me specific questions about my life with the disease, I decided to start a new segment…

Second Look Sunday: Sessions With A Buddhist Therapist

Originally posted October 18, 2013 I entered the door into a small, but very cozy room, a couch along the right wall, a table opposite with pamphlets and magazines. The furniture was homely, not a typical office’s furniture. I sat on the couch and looked at the selection of magazines, but none held my interest…

A Funny Thing Happened As I Ran Out Of The Award Show

Isn’t it funny how the universe works? The more you resist something, the more it will push against you and show itself to test you until you come to terms with it. Blog awards. I stopped accepting them for many different reasons that I won’t go into here, other than I would say that many…

Second Look Sunday: Words Of Encouragement

Originally Posted on OCTOBER 8, 2013 Very often I receive emails from readers and many comments. Yesterday I received a comment to one of my posts, which I think did not deserve to be hidden away in the comments, but posted for everyone to see. With the permission of the author – MzGloria PrettyWings WarrenNewsome…

How Did I Get Sarcoidosis?

“How did you get sarcoidosis?” Is the first question posted to me by Alec on the new feature on this blog, Ask Me About My Life With Sarcoidosis. That is a very interesting question that I posed to my doctor when I was first diagnosed in 2006 and since my first involvement with the disease…

Ask Me About My Life With Sarcoidosis

Introducing a new feature on my blog, “Ask me about my sarcoidosis”. I started this blog as a way to help other people with sarcoidosis to get more information and since I get a few emails every week asking me specific questions about my life with the disease, I decided to start a new segment…

Ten Questions For A Ten Year Old Blog

I read the words “Would you answer these ten questions in a post?” in a recent email from a fellow blogger who read my post that I am blogging now for ten years and I thought why not. So here goes. Ten questions about ten years of blogging. 1: Why did you start your blog?…

Second Look Sunday: Do you Suffer With Sarcoidosis?

Originally Posted August 2013 Do you suffer with sarcoidosis? So sorry to hear that. I don’t. I don’t allow anything to make me suffer. If something is making you suffer, then you have allowed it to have power over you. So I don’t use the word suffer in my vocabulary. Change you way of thinking….

Second Look Sunday: Not Seeing In Black & White

Originally posted July 24th 2013 For some reason, because I have a blog about sarcoidosis, people automatically assume that I am a black woman, although my blog’s tag line is “One man’s positive journey with sarcoidosis”. I suppose that majority of people that have blogs about sarcoidosis and sarcoidosis support sites are black women, and…

Someone Thinks I Have A Real Neat Blog

I stopped accepting blog awards many years ago for many different reasons, especially after 10 years of blogging, but I was given The Real Neat Blog Award by Cyranny over at Cyranny’s Cove, a really cool blog that I really admire and you should check out too. Part of the award loop is to answer…

Second Look Sunday: “Lost Keys”

Originally posted June 14, 2013 I am a pretty organized guy for the most part. I file everything away in its place so I can easily locate them. I even keep my keys organized. I don’t have any other keys with the keys for the cars for security purposes, as sometimes I valet park and…

Second Look Sunday: “How I Live My Life With Sarcoidosis”

Originally posted June 7, 2013 Someone recently wrote to ask me how I live my life with sarcoidosis, and it stumped me. I never really thought about it. Although I have a blog devoted to my life with sarcoidosis, and a Facebook page and a Twitter feed, I really do not dwell on the fact…

First Official ATS Practice Guidelines For Sarcoidosis – Scienmag

After so many years, it is good to see that positive steps are being taken towards education of doctors about sarcoidosis. First official ATS practice guidelines for Sarcoidosis cover diagnosis and detection – Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News — Read on scienmag.com/first-official-ats-practice-guidelines-for-sarcoidosis-cover-diagnosis-and-detection/

Second Look Sunday: “Some lessons Are More Than Skin Deep”

Originally posted July 17, 2013 Rarely do I go upstairs. I have very little reason to ever go up stairs, and I have no desire to go upstairs unless it is necessary. There is no elevator in the three story building I work at when away on business, and the stairs for some reason seem…

I Am Still Alive!

On this day in 2006, fourteen whole years ago, a surgeon made three slices in my right torso and extracted three pieces of my lung for examination to confirm suspected sarcoidosis. If you haven’t guessed, I was positive. Stage four they said. Severe scaring they said. One year later that pesky old sarcoidosis made it’s…