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,…

The Saturday Revisit Of “Why Do People Suffer?”

Originally Posted January 3, 2012 I was telling my wife about an email I received from someone telling me that they have suffered from sarcoidosis for many years, when she interrupted me and asked “Why do people suffer?”. The question stopped me in my tracks and I realized the sheer power of words and their…

Prednisone Demon Begone

I recently posted that my latest bone scan revealed osteoporosis in my spine. This has finally convinced my doctor to take me completely off of prednisone! Yea! I am on this demon, mood swing, hunger causing, bone reducing, diabetes causing, tendon weakening drug for ten years this coming April and I have tried to come…

Life As An Anomaly 2015 In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many…

Do I Look Like An Old Woman To You?

I am on prednisone now for ten years straight, without ever taking a break. My dosage has been as much as 70mg to as low the current 5mg. I am on what the call a “maintenance” dose, which translates to “because you are on prednisone for so long, your body can't make its own, so…

An Awesome Christmas Dinner

My wife picked up a pheasant at the supermarket for our Christmas night dinner, a small bird of about three pounds, and of course it was up to me to cook this guy. I never made pheasant before, so I referred to my trusty La Rousse Gastronomique for help and found this really simple recipe…

The Sunday Revisit of “My Reply, To A Reply, On My Nurse Rant”

I posted this back in December 16, 2011, and it became a heated discussion with a nurse, so I thought I would revisit it here today, along with the lengthy comments, which were more interesting than the post itself! My Reply, To A Reply, On My Nurse Rant I recently posted a blog entry “Here…

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a very Merry, healthy and happy Christmas Day.     Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

A Christmas Eve Toast

It's Christmas Eve, my favorite day of the year. There is always something so magical about this day (not only because it's the day I proposed and also the day I got married), but since childhood I always loved this day. It seems that it is the peak of everything that works up to Christmas…

The Christmas Date Rape Song

Does anyone else besides me find the continuously played, every couple recorded, Christmas song “Honey it's cold outside” a little creepy? That line “hey, what's in that drink?” says it all. Who the hell serves roofies for Christmas?   Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

Avoiding The Rushians

Every Christmas it's the same thing! The “Rushians” are dashing from store to store, speeding through parking lots, over hills and through valleys, trying to get their shopping done. This week I decided to avoid those crazy Rushians by rushing out early, zooming from store to store, getting the good parking spots before they came…

Last Night I Met The Man Of My Dreams

Last night my wife was listening to an audio book about Edgar Cayce and his visitation by an Angel. I thought to myself how cool it would be to be visited in person by an Angel and fell asleep listening to the book. I had the most amazing dream. I dreamt that I was walking…

25 Years Of Wedded Bliss

Christmas Eve will mark my wife and my 25th wedding anniversary. This past weekend marked the 34th anniversary of the day we met when she was just sixteen to my very much older nineteen. We usually go out on Christmas Eve night for a really nice dinner, but this year, since it is such a…

The Sunday Revisit Of “A Pill Doesn’t Weigh Anything”

Originally Posted December 6, 2011 When I was first diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in 2006, my BMI was 22. With a healthy BMI being between 18.5-24.9, I was slim and “normal”. Now five and a half years later, with no pause in taking prednisone, my BMI is now 27.1, which translates to being 30 pounds overweight….

The Saturday Revisit Of “Is Anything Really A Waste Of Time?”

Originally Posted December 4, 2011 Yesterday, when I walked into Mt. Sinai for the Sarcoidosis Support Group meeting, I had this instant foreboding that it was going to be a big waste of time, and I almost turned back before I even entered the auditorium. I didn’t and I stayed for the whole thing. It…

Snapshots Of My Life: Dealing With Nosey People

I have no water at my home for the past three days, and it’s not getting fixed until today. Long story. In any case, we have water stored away for emergencies such as this, but we were running out, so yesterday I went to the supermarket to buy water for bathing etc. I had two…

I Don’t Like To Complain, But …

I just came home after a long grueling day and desperately wanted a long hot shower only to find that I have no water. We have well water and there is something wrong with the pump. I called the pump company and they are not going to come out until the morning. I have bottled…

I Should Be Fed Up, But Remarkably I’m Not

In 2006 when I entered Putnam Hospital Center to have a failed bronchoscopy to determine if I had #Sarcoidosis of the lungs, little did I know that journeys to hospitals and medical centers would become the norm. Later that year I had an open lung biopsy, by far the most painful procedure I ever had,…