Could My Love Really Be Turning Against Me?!

I remember too well the day we met, almost thirteen years ago, a cool morning, the sun high in the cloudless New York City sky. We were introduced by, of all people, an Ayurvedic doctor that I had only met 30 minutes before. He said we would be good for each other. At first I was…

The Weekend Revisit Of: Gazing Into Truth

I look at the white framed image of the man in front of me, his face revealing nothing of what really lies with in his soul, except his eyes. The eyes tell it all, their perfect brown circles staring out, trying to express neutrality, but can’t. They express the true meaning of the man, his…

Yep, I Have Yet Another Blog

I already have two blogs here on WordPress, and now the crazy person that I am apparently does not think I have enough on my plate, so I start a new blog. This new one is just photography though. No expounding on life. Check the blog here

Good Deeds Are Sometimes Best Left In Your Heart

Today I pulled up behind a car at a red light in a left turn only lane, driven by an elderly lady. Her car was too far from the line to be registered by the sensor so the light never turned green. After the other lights turned green a couple of times I contemplated tooting…

The Weekend Revisit Of: An Anthem For My Life With Sarcoidosis

When I am alone in the car, I like to listen to [podcasts] that I can learn something from. I would sometimes listen to [audiobooks]. They all help to keep me alert when I am driving alone. The other day I was listening to an interview and the host was interviewing the author of some…

The Weekend Revisit Of: Be Honest – Stay Healthy

Today I went to Starbucks and ran into a woman I went to massage school with back in 2008. We hugged and exchanged the usual pleasantries and quickly updated each other on where we were in the past five years. She knows of my conditions, at least basically, because I had to leave school because…

The Weekend Revisit Of: An Echo Gone Wrong

I went in for an echocardiogram last week to see if I still had shunting at my PFO closure (if the hole my heart was still not fully closed and if there was oxygenated blood still mixing with oxygenated blood), and it turn out to be quite the adventure. I went to my new cardiologist’s office…

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom: Ending Misery

All too often you hear people bitch and moan about their life. No one can ever make you do anything. You always have the option to refuse. You may probably lose your job or your partner but you will keep your integrity. Rather than be miserable, find the joy and love in your job, your…

The Weekend Revisit Of: I know What It Is Like To Be Me

If you devote yourself to the positives in your life, the negatives will begin to divorce you. — Philip Arnold I received an email from a reader the other day who chastised me for always “being happy”, and that I was full of “sh*t”, that no one with a chronic illness, especially as many as…

The Weekend Revisit Of: Sarcoidosis Knows No Color

I recently posted an entry called “Winter Is Tearing Me Apart“, in which I talked about my skin tearing due to the cold dry weather, and in that post I had a photo of my red, torn knuckles. Unbelievably, I received an email from a reader that said ” … saw your photo on the…

The Weekend Revisit Of: The Power Of Social Media

A funny thing happened yesterday. In my last post I wrote about my medication being denied by the insurance company. I also tweeted about it, and I received a tweet from Aetna saying that they would like to review the case once more. They weren’t willing to review the case when my doctor appealed the decision,…

This Church’s Nativity Depicts The Holy Family Separated At The Border

“Claremont United Methodist Church transformed its Christmas nativity scene into a powerful statement about family separation by caging their figures of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and releasing a theological statement on the United States’ treatment of refugees. ” — Read on mashable.com/article/claremont-umc-nativity-scene-family-separation/

The Weekend Revisit Of: Calls From Buddy

  I got home today and on my home voice mail was a message from my electrocardiologist’s office saying that they received my AICD Interrogation transmission. At those first words, I became a bit nervous. I took a deep breath and my heart rate increased a bit. Buddy, (my defibrillator),  communicates wirelessly to a device at…

The Weekend Revisit Of: Did You Say I Don’t Look Like Arnold?

I have experienced quite of few changes with the development of sarcoidosis and the accompanying conditions of heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. I put on 30 pounds, a lot of my muscle definition has gone and now my doctor tells me I am starting to develop Gynecomastia. Yep, I am getting man boobs, and with the…

The Weekend Revisit Of: Medication Denied!

The other day I went to the pharmacy to collect my medications and was told my insurance company, Aetna, decided that they will no longer be covering my prescription for Diovan, a medication used for heart failure patients. I am on Diovan for 7 years now and all of a sudden Aetna decided not to…

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom: Life Lessons

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Wednesday Words Of Wisdom: Abandonment

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Life’s Little Detour

What do you do when you are on a trip and along the way their is road construction? The road is rough and it is being repaved and there is heavy, heavy traffic?

The Weekend Revisit Of: It’s My Time, So Get Over It

POSTED ON JANUARY 16, 2013 BY BASIL RENE IT’S MY TIME, SO GET OVER IT Skip to entry content I am a perfectionist, I admit it. If I do a project I do it to its fullest, and even beyond. I do this not to impress anyone or score points. I do it even if no…

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom: Trusting

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Stories From My Life: Time Traveling

A visit to records I walked into the ultra modern lobby of the building that housed the medical records for my pulmonologist. The shiny new, brightly lit, stainless steel lined elevator whipped me quickly to the floor that the offices were located. As the elevator stopped and I waited for the door to open, rather…