This Is Getting Too Close To Home

In less than a week, confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus) went from hundreds of miles away to 40 miles away to 5 miles away from my home. I fall into the vulnerable population because of my heart and lung conditions, and so I am being extra cautious. I have had bad flus before and recovered so I…

Six Word Story Saturday: “The Piano”

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Six Word Story Saturday: “Friends”

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Good Deeds Are Sometimes Best Left In Your Heart

Today I pulled up behind a car at a red light in a left turn only lane, driven by an elderly lady. Her car was too far from the line to be registered by the sensor so the light never turned green. After the other lights turned green a couple of times I contemplated tooting…

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….

The Weekend Revisit Of “How Do You Fix A Fix?”

Five years ago I had a mini stroke which led to the discovery of my PFO (Patent Foramen Ovalae or hole in the heart), and eventually to the discovery of my heart failure. I had the PFO fixed and how that works is they place a plug much like a small double umbrella in the…

Becoming A Listener

I don’t talk about my conditions to anyone. There are very few people that do know about my conditions. When I do tell someone about my stuff I have come to realize that most people really don’t want to hear another’s problems. They may sympathize, but they really don’t want to hear about your problems….

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,…

Try To See The Good In Everything

Change is inevitable. No matter how much we want things to stay or go back to how they were, they never are. So why grieve over the past that can never return. Yes, you were healthy and vibrant a year ago and now you have a chronic illness where you feel like crap most of…

The Weekend Revisit: The Passages Of Time

Why is it that time flies? When I was a boy, it seemed as if time took forever to pass through my universe, but now as an adult, a day, a month, a year flies by in the blink of an eye. I have been at this blogging adventure for a little over two years…

Breathing Easier

When jets are at altitude, the inside of the plane is pressurized to simulate earth at about 8,000 feet. For a person with breathing problems, any altitude above 9,000 feet can cause problems. In the last year I had my fair share of air travel. I have seen the inside of JFK a total of…

Is Everyone Deaf Or Do I Have Super Hearing?

I love music. I like all music except for jazz and rap. I listen mostly to pop music. I love any music with a good beat. I love to play music loudly in my car sometimes when it is a song I especially like. In spite of my love of loud music, there is a…

A Conversation at Dunkin’ Donuts

I never go to Dunkin Donuts but I had a mean cravng for coffee and although it is 34°F, I wanted a frozen coffee. I don’t know Dunkin’s menu and this being a kiosk at the airport didn’t have a menu board. Me: “Hi. What type of frozen coffee drinks do you have?” Woman: “Hot…

Day 40 Of My Mantra Meditation “Challenge” Complete. 

I am practicing meditation for a few years now but mostly guided meditations and not everyday. A lot of the time I would fall asleep during it.  Today I finished a “test” (I prefer test over challenge) of doing a mantra meditation for forty days straight and I have not missed a day.  I will…

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.