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…

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…

Coronavirus Might Attack the Brain, Too – Elemental

Early analyses of Covid-19 patients in January told of the most common symptoms: fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. More diagnosed cases and research revealed less common symptoms, such as neurological ones. — Read on elemental.medium.com/coronavirus-might-attack-the-brain-too-21ea92a39c04

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…

I Got Genetically Tested For Colon Cancer And It Got Me Thinking

My paternal grandmother, father and two paternal first cousins all died from colon cancer so I started having colonoscopies from an early age, 37. I had five so far and all have been good results. My doctor suggested that I get genetically tested to see if I carry the gene for colon cancer just like…

The Most Selfish Thing A Person Can Do

I get daily emails of top news stories for my town and surrounding areas and in close proximity are two large bridges that span the mighty Hudson river and a major train line that goes into New York City. Every week, sometimes more than once a week, someone kills themselves by jumping off one of…

The Weekend Revisit of: A Wasted Heart?

  There is no greater gift than that of a second chance at life, and the ultimate gift is for a parent or spouse to decide to donate their loved one’s organs so that another person may have life. When an organ is donated, the recipient has a second chance, an opportunity given by the…

The Weekend Revisit of: Dangers of Statistics

DANGERS OF STATISTICS Originally posted April 24, 2012 I read a blog today by a heart failure patient who had just crossed their two-year mark of being diagnosed, and according to them, the statistics state that with their particular condition, they had a 50% chance of living for two years. This person apparently is convinced…

My Dreaded Registering With “The Man” Has Finally Come

Ever since developing cardiac sarcoidosis and getting my AICD implanted, I dreaded that one day it would affect my ability to get my driver’s permit. I love to drive, even in traffic. In summer my job requires that I drive an average of 4,000 miles in that time, and sometimes a 2 1/2 hour trip…

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…

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…

An Officer And A Gentleman

This morning, the alarm went off at work, and I am the first number in the respond list. It was a few minutes to six, on my day off and I just went to bed three hours ago, so it was not the best way to wake up. I drove over to work to meet…