New Rx Can Help With Stress And Other Ailments

I came across this infomercial for the best remedy for stress and a lot of other ailments. Please take a minute to look at it. I have used this Rx for many a year now, and I know it has helped me bounce back from being a few years away from being on a heart…

“Being Hip” Takes On A Whole Different Meaning Now

Sitting in my car in the parking lot of the mall, sipping on a Starbucks Frappucino, waiting for my wife and watching people go by, I try to keep moving around my leg to ease the discomfort of my hip. For the past couple of months my right hip has been aching off and on,…

When Something Isn’t The Right Time

I just finished writing a very detailed post about meditation and the process I use. I wrote it on my laptop in a program separate from WordPress so that my entry wouldn’t post incorrectly, which for some reason happens to me in WordPress. I wrote it,  re-read it, tweaked it and was happy with it…

Here I Go, Again!

I haven’t written anything to this blog for a while and frankly it’s because I have no inspiration. The blog was originally meant to be my posts about living my life with Sarcoidosis, but really, I don’t have very much to say anymore on my condition that hasn’t already been said. Then I got an…

ICD Doesn’t Reduce Mortality in Non-Ischemic HF | Medpage Today

I Can’t believe that they actually did a study to figure this out! And ICD is just to stop firibiulation of the heart. Nothing else. by Crystal Phend  Senior Associate Editor, MedPage Today This article is a collaboration between MedPage Today® and: Medpage Today Implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD) don’t reduce mortality risk in heart failure…

Why Do I Need To Justify My Apple Watch?

I stood at the counter of the Starbucks, waiting for my mobile order. The ordering line was long and as usual and I could feel the eyes of those in the line on me, watching that I just walked in the door, right past all of them and straight to the pick up counter to…

The Weekend Revisit Of “Crossing Bridges”

Originally posted on April 22, 2012 On a recent trip into NYC for my ICD interrogation, my wife and I took a train down town to see the 9/11 memorial. We have not been there since the buildings fell. Prior to the attacks we were often in the North Tower as my brother had his…

The Weekend Revisit Of “Superman Is Grounded”

Originally Posted April 17, 2012 I went into NYC for an ICD interrogation (Fancy term for reading my defibrillator), a simple procedure where the doctor downloads the information from the device and makes sure everything is okay. That little device – I call him “Buddy” – keeps track of my heart so completely that it…

Prednisone Withdrawal Is No Fun

Today marks exactly 10 years, non stop, that I am on Prednisone for sarcoidosis. The side effects of this medication can be horrendous, but thankfully my experience in those ten years were just mostly mood changes, thining skin and some weight gain. I am told that for being on it so long, my weight gain…

The Weekend Revisit of “Appreciating My Life”

Originally posted April 10, 2012It’s spring, and with it comes new beginnings, new life, new starts. I recently changed all of my bank accounts to another bank as my old bank was bought out. I had to change my work email address as there were technical difficulties with the old one. Little changes, big steps….

Happy Anniversary To Me!

  It’s hard to believe that I started this blog six years ago today. How time and life flies by within a blink. Thanks to everyone that has followed me, commented on and liked my post over the years. Even those that challenged me. I learned a lot and hope to learn even more. 

Sentimental Power Over Values

Recently, my mother could not walk anymore, and long story short, she now lives in an assisted living home. Since she decided that she will no longer be socializing outside of the home, she distributed her jewelry between her daughters-in-law and her one niece. I inherited my grand step mother’s wedding ring and a small…

And Now Comes The Book

I am writting this book not with the intention of making a profit and selling millions of copies …

Before You Can Really Get Help, Learn About Yourself

Exactly ten years ago today, I got a call from my doctor to confirm that my test results were positive for sarcoidosis. The day before, I came out of the hospital after a three day stay for an open lung biopsy, the test to determine if sarcoidosis was indeed active in my lungs. To date,…

The Saturday Revisit Of “A Little Off Subject”

Originally Posted March 19, 2012 Just A Little Off The Subject Imagine yourself in a room with some of your closest friends and acquaintances and it is your birthday. They each come up to you and wish you Happy Birthday one by one. Do you tell them each thank you as they greet you or…

Unchallenging Myself

I received an email letting me know that the April A to Z blogging challenge registration was coming up on January 25th. I participated that last couple of years and getting this email I not only decided not to participate on this blog ( I probably will on my photography blog), but I realized that…

The Sunday Revisit Of “A Frappe Latte Slappe In The Face”

Originally Posted March 15, 2012 Ever since I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in 2006, I have been constantly on prednisone at various doses, and in that time I have put on thirty pounds. I have not really tried to lose the weight until now. I joined Weight Watchers on line and I am counting points….

The Saturday Revisit Of “Letting Go Of My Old Self”

Originally Posted March 9, 2012 Letting Go Of My Old Self One thing about having a chronic condition, and in my case, more than one, is that you need to accept that your life, in one way or another, will change forever. I remember the day before I had my defibrillator implanted I knew that…

The Saturday Revisit Of “It’s All Just 50/50”

Originally Posted January 30, 2012 As I approach my fifth year of living with heart failure brought on by sarcoidosis, I think back to the day that I learned that people with cardiac sarcoidosis have a 50% chance of living for five years and a 20% chance of making it to ten years. Then I…

My New Photography Blog

I started a new blog today. It’s called Life As An Anomaly In Photos. Photography is my other passion, and I decided to start a separate blog with my photos. No theme. Just photos. Be sure to check it out.   Written by Basil Rene © 2016 All Rights Reserved

Snapshots Of My Life: It’s Just Freaking Wine

“Green apples” said my best friend sitting next to me. “I get a hint of banana” added another friend sitting to our front It was my turn to illicit a response, and I sat there, forty plus eyes trained anxiously on me, waiting to hear my words of wisdom. After all, I was, so far,…