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…

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…

Stop Cursing God For Your Damned Sorrows Already

I read a blog post today and the person was complaining about God punishing them by giving them sarcoidosis. To think that God is punishing you means that you obviously did some pretty bad shit in the first place for you to think you deserve to get sick and that God has singled you out…

The Weekend Revisit Of: Sleep, Why Do You Evade Me?

I was in bed at 12:30 last night. That’s an early night for me. I was tired and I hit the sack, closed my eyes and – nothing. I could not fall asleep. I tossed and I turned until I looked at the clock and it was 2:00 am. I decided I would read some…

Sarcoidosis May Be Treated with Mycophenolate Mofetil, Small Study Says

Given its good safety profile and lack of lung toxicity, some sarcoidosis patients have been successfully treated with MMF as a corticosteroid-sparing agent when needed.  — Read on sarcoidosisnews.com/2019/10/07/mycophenolate-mofetil-may-be-effective-as-alternative-sarcoidosis-treatment-small-study-suggests/

What Happened To All The Sarcoidosis Awareness Blogs?

As of August 24, 2019, there were about blog 85 posts on WordPress with the tag sarcoidosis. Of those posts, approximately 89% of them are from me. What happened to all those people that are tweeting over and over and over that there needs to be more awareness of the disease so that there can…

The Weekend Revisit Of: Panic Attack Number One

Yesterday I went to the lab, which is in a nearby Hospital to do my monthly blood work up. Yesterday was six vials. I should start selling the stuff. It’s embarrassing that I know everyone in the lab on a first name basis. Anyhow, as I was walking through the hospital I saw some signs…

Sarcoidosis and Mental Health – Sarcoidosis UK

Mental health includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act and so helps determine how you handle everything life throws at you, good and bad. Mental health doesn’t always stay the same and can change as circumstances change through different stages of your life. If you experience mental…

The Importance of Boosting the Immune System – Sarcoidosis News

The immune system removes toxins from the body, staves off infections, and helps in the fight against illness. For someone with a chronic health condition, the immune system is already compromised and working overtime. Thus, boosting the immune system is especially important during cold and flu season — Read on sarcoidosisnews.com/2019/09/25/immune-system-boost-natural-remedies-lifestyle/

The Weekend Revisit of: Memory? What Memory?

MEMORY? WHAT MEMORY? Skip to entry content My memory sucks. That’s it plain and simple. I am telling myself that it is because of all the different medications that I am on, but it’s no consolation. I have these moments where I totally blank out on things. I have absolutely no recollection. The night before…

Exercise Is My Double Edged Sword

It sounds counterintuitive, but when you have heart failure you still need to exercise that muscle. No matter what, it is a muscle and not giving it a workout will only end up with it getting weaker. I have always been a very active person, hiking, bike riding etc. I still like to keep active…

The Weekend Revisit of: “The Prednisone Demon Revisited”

I wrote about him before, singing my song of impatience with he that causes the impatience, being angry with he that causes the anger. Yes, my old nemesis, the Prednisone Demon. He has been in my life for six years now, sometimes being a strong influence and at times, just sitting in the background, waiting….

Wednesday Words Of Wisdom: Loneliness

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The Weekend Revisit Of: “Count Your Blessings”

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Neurosarcoidosis

Neurosarcoidosis is not as prevalent as the pulmonary form and affects approximately 5-10% of people diagnosed. Any part of the nervous system can be affected including the brain, spinal cord, meninges, peripheral nerves, and cranial nerves. The most common presentation is cranial neuropathy with the facial nerves most frequently involved. Approximately 50-70% of people diagnosed with neurosarcoidosis…

Equine Sarcoidosis? Yep, There Really Is Such A Thing

You really do learn something new everyday. I just heard for the first time about Equine Sarcoidosis. Sarcoids are the most common cutaneous skin tumor of horses that come in various forms with varying degrees of virulence. Read more at okfronline.com/2019/09/equine-sarcoids/ ©️2019 Basil Rene. All Rights Reserved

Sarcoidosis – Symptoms And Causes – Mayo Clinic

The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown, but experts think it results from the body’s immune system responding to an unknown substance. Some research suggests that infectious agents, chemicals, dust and a potential abnormal reaction to the body’s own proteins (self-proteins) could be responsible for the formation of granulomas in people who are genetically predisposed. There…

Walking Towards Hope – Filter Me, Please!

There is an upcoming walk for autoimmune diseases in NYC. Read more about it at “Filter Me Please”. Before I was diagnosed, I had no idea what an autoimmune disease was, how one got one or how devastating living with one could be. For me, I’ve had 40 procedures; that’s nearly as [many] as the…

Photo Essay: A Walk Through Caramour

My wife and I went for a walk through an empty Caramour Center For The Performing Arts in Katonah, NY. It was a beautiful day and we were the only ones there. Walking in nature is by far one of the best health revivers there is for me. To be just out there, connected to…

The Weekend Revisit Of: “Happy Birthday Buddy”

Buddy is five today! Five years ago, buddy entered my world and changed it forever. Of course buddy was never planned for. How do you plan for someone like Buddy? I still remember the emotions I felt the day before I got buddy. I knew that the next day nothing I did would ever be…