Flashback Friday: Ready, Aim, Heal

Originally posted March 9, 2011 I started this blog last year on the 4th anniversary of my open lung biopsy which definitively diagnosed my pulmonary sarcoidosis. I started it not as an informative blog, but as a blog about my personal experiences with the disease sarcoidosis. If you are a follower of my blog, you…

Flashback Friday: Every Now And Zen You Need To Wrap A Nap

Originally posted March 8, 2011 One thing that I have learned to do and really look forward to everyday, is to take a nap. For health reasons, it is really good for you, and it is something I never did before because I always felt that I would “miss something”. I try to nap for…

An Anniversary Of Angelic Intervention

Thirty three years ago tonight, at the age of nineteen, a neighbor that was about my age, who I really did not know very well, saw me in my front yard and came over to talk. He pointed to a house about three houses away from mine, obliquely opposite, and asked me if I ever…

Flashback Friday: For Joyce

In May 2007, the week before I started my second semester of massage school, I had a TIA or mini stroke. This started me on the road to discovery that I had a hole in my heart and eventually to the fact I have heart failure. I had a barrage of tests, MRIs, x-rays, blood…

Stuff Happens. Just Take It In Stride And Smile

I just finished the best vacation I ever had, a week in sunny beautiful Southern California. The entire time we were there we continued to live in east coast time to keep with my medicine schedule, which worked out perfectly. We decided to take the red eye home, leaving CA at midnight eastern time, getting…

Quiet Like A Low Tide, But My Tide Is Coming Back In

Since my surgery in July to replace my implanted defibrillator, just like a beach at low tide, my blog has been pretty quiet, and many of you have written in to see how I am doing and I really do appreciate the thoughts. Yes, I have been quiet on here, and I hope that I…

Flash Back Friday – Longer And Longer

Originally Posted January 12, 2011 The other day we took down our Christmas decorations, something that would usually take me an hour or two in the past. To take them down and store them in the attic took me almost five hours this time, and I still haven’t gotten to the outdoor stuff. Heart failure…

Recovery Should Be Like A Slow Walk Down A Flowered Path

Today marks three weeks since I had my defibrillator replaced, and I was thinking, wouldn't it be great if recovery from surgery was as easy and delightful as walking down a flowered path? Who am I kidding? This surgery marks is my fifth one since being diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2007, and as far as…

Flash Back Friday – Longing For The Little Things

Originally Posted January 7, 2011 I had to wake up early the other morning to get into the city for my doctors’ appointments and it was a cold winter’s morning here in upstate New York. As went into the bathroom the air was cold and I turned on the shower, which quickly heated up and…

Today On Fire, Tomorrow On Ice

Yesterday I helped my wife in the garden to get some heavy lifting and planting done before my surgery next week as I will be restricted in my lifting for a few weeks, and I had a ton of energy yesterday and today I am drained. So it is with sarcoidosis.