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…

The Sunday Morning Revisit Of “No, I’m Not A Terrorist “

The Sunday Morning Revisits are posts that I wrote a few years back that I think deserve another look. Here is one originally posted December 1, 2011 entitled “No, I'm Not A Terrorist “ I went to my doctor today to discuss the findings of my PET scan and had my Helios Portable Liquid Oxygen…

What Are You Afraid Of Mr. & Ms. Blogger?

When I read a blog post, I want the opportunity to comment or say if I like it. More and more I come across blogs that have the option to comment or to like missing. In WordPress, it is by default on the blog, and you have the option to remove the comment and the…

Flashback Friday: Living Your Life For You And Not Your Disease

Originally Posted September 11, 2011 I follow this person on Twitter that has an implanted defibrillator and he is campaigning heavily for a patient’s rights to access his or her defibrillator information at will. Although I do agree with him to some extent, a recent tweet of his was an eye opener. It read: “I’m…

F Is For Fear

This is a Blogging A To Z Challenge Post April 7th – F  

Flashback Friday: Pushing On Through

Originally posted to my blog June 17, 2011 My wife and I are very busy at this time of the year, and it seems we are always working or going to appointments. We work together and are pretty much together 24 hours a day. Yet, one day a week we try to have a date…

Motivational Monday: Be Happy For This Moment

All too often, life with a chronic illness can be a pain, literally, but I always say I would rather be with the pain at times than have the alternative. Death. This is my life, and I cherish every moment of it. Even the days that may not be the best.   Written by Basil…

Snapshots Of My Life: Geriatric Jail Bait

Yesterday, I went to Trader Joe's at what must have been right after the bus from an old person community off loaded. The place was packed with old people, and they were moving very slowly, jamming up the aisles.

Happy Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day. A day of so many emotions for so many people. There are those young ladies, and men, that are hoping, expecting, yearning for that elusive proposal over a candle lit dinner at a dimly lit, expensive restaurant tonight. There are those men, and women that are stressed out because they are going to…

21 Things You Need To Do To Live With Sarcoidosis

Almost all the emails I get are from people asking how I got better, and I always say that it was a combination of different things. When I recently I told someone that, they told me to give them a checklist of everything that I did. So here is my checklist of everything I think…

3 Super Quick Movie Reviews

I saw three movies this week and here are my reviews: Into The Woods Three classic fairy tales, melded together, then go to what happens after happily ever after. Lots of singing. Like Broadway? You'll like. Don't? You won't.     Exodus Moses thinks he's a prince. Learns he's a Hebrew. Has an identity crisis…