And Then There Was One

1 mg of Prednisone. That is what I am down to. I haven’t been this low on a dose since starting the drug in 2006. The lowest I was ever able to get to was 3 mg and all hell would break loose, prompting me to go back up prednisone. Now I made it to…

Avoiding The Purity Sales Pitch

Sitting on the over stuffed, over sized grey leather sofa, I face him, amazed by his frizzed out hair and his 70s sense of fashion. He asks me a million and one questions about my health history, going even deeper into my emotional history. No other doctor had done that before. He studies me intently,…

The Weekend Revisit Of: The Only True Healer Is You

I came across a blog recently that was written by a person with some of the same conditions that I have – heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. The tone of the writing was very angry and bitter towards both the diseases and the establishment.

Losing The Battle But Never Giving Up On The Fight

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it” – Margaret Thatcher This is my fifth or sixth attempt of coming off of prednisone and again it failed miserably. I started weaning off in November and had pain that was tolerable, and in the middle of February I decreased the dose…

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…

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…

Why Do I Need To Justify My Apple Watch?

I stood at the counter of the Starbucks, waiting for my mobile order. The ordering line was long and as usual and I could feel the eyes of those in the line on me, watching that I just walked in the door, right past all of them and straight to the pick up counter to…

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…

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…

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…

Who Came Up With Only Twenty Four Hours In A Day?

It has been an exhausting past few months, and admittedly, my blog has suffered the consequences. There is so much I wanted to write about, all sitting at the tips of my typing fingers, but never to make it onto the virtual keypad of my tablet. I am physically and emotionally exhausted. My body is…

And The Family Drama Continues

What is it about families that it seems no one can ever really get along? All families except my wife’s. Everybody in her family gets along so unbelievably, As a matter of fact, I stayed her family, not mine went I went back.  When I went back to my birth land last week i tried my…

The Sunday Morning Revisit Of “Color Me Blessed”

The Sunday Morning Revisits are posts that I wrote a few years back that I think deserve another look. Here is one originally posted November 19, 2011 entitled “Color Me Blessed” I know, I sound like a stuck record about how blessed I am, blah, blah, blah. But I can’t help but look at all…

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…

What Would You Do If Your Best Friend Admitted To Cheating?

I recently came across an incident where two best friends got married to two best friends. One of the people cheated and admitted it to their best friend, and the best friend was in a quandary as to what to do. I wondered how I would handle that sort of situation, and wonder how you…

The Weekend Worthy Revisit: Think You Have Problems?

The Weekend Worthy Revisits are posts that I wrote a few years back that I think deserve another look. Here is one originally posted October 19, 2011 entitled “Think You Have Problems?” October 19, 2011 Very seldom do I ever complain. It is something that sometimes drives my wife crazy because she knows I am…

The Weekend Worthy Revisit: It’s Just Air

Originally posted October 10, 2011 What is it about vanity? No matter how any of us can profess we are not vain, we are at some intrinsic level. Some where deep inside even the humblest of people lies the vain gene. I don’t think of myself as a vain man, but to some extent, I…

The Weekend Worthy Revisit: The Definition Of Me

Originally Posted on October 3, 2011 When I moved to the US 25 years ago, one of the things the struck me with the culture is people’s need to know what you did for a living. They would meet you, and immediately ask what type of work you did. I realized with time, that no…

Snapshots Of My Life: Making Friends In Ikea

Yesterday as I sat in the returns section of Ikea, waiting for my number to be called, a heavily “processed” woman, along with her “DUFF”, sat on the bench opposite to me. The only way I can describe the woman is that if goldfish made pornography, she would be the female lead. As I sat…

I Am Not A Foodie, So Don’t Call Me One Because I Am A Chef

I am a formally trained chef. I attended the prestigious Culinary institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, the only college in the world dedicated solely to the culinary arts. I was on the Dean's list for every semester. I was, at the time, the only student ever recruited by the school to be a…

Here Is A Great Reason I Keep My Neighbors At Bay

I recently wrote a post (see Mortality Check) about a neighbor of mine who I did not know, or really take the time know, that died. In it I mentioned that I tend to keep my neighbors just on a “Hi” relationship. I don't want to get to know them or they me. It may…

There Is A Blogger’s Etiquette

I follow a few blogs, most of them on WordPress, and I go through my reader feed every morning and read the highlights of each new post, and if the teaser catches my fancy, I will read more, and even the entire thing if I like it. I would then click on the little “like”…

I Is For Insurance

This is a Blogging From A To Z Challenge Post April 10th – I     Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

Flashback Friday: Stepping Out Of The Fish Bowl

Originally posted to my blog on May 12, 2011 There is an old saying that “the last one to know they are in a fish bowl is the fish”, and I can say that has been true for me for the past few weeks. I have been angry and whiny and it has been reflecting…

This Inter-Dimensional Travel Is Exhausting

What a weird day. I must be doing some major Inter-dimension travel. Last week I spoke to my doctor's nurse to arrange some tests and to make an appointment to see him. She told me she would put in the orders for the tests and gave an appointment to see my doctor at 10:45 yesterday….

Sharing My World: Week #10

Here are my answers to Cee's Photography weekly Share Your World. WHEN YOU LOSE ELECTRICITY IN A STORM, DO YOU LIGHT THE CANDLES OR TURN ON THE FLASHLIGHT? HOW MANY OF EACH DO YOU OWN? Thankfully, we have a generator so if power goes, we're ok. We do have flashlights in case there is ever…