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…

Prednisone Withdrawal Is No Fun

Today marks exactly 10 years, non stop, that I am on Prednisone for sarcoidosis. The side effects of this medication can be horrendous, but thankfully my experience in those ten years were just mostly mood changes, thining skin and some weight gain. I am told that for being on it so long, my weight gain…

Family Politics And Being Able To Let Go

My eldest brother and I never had a close relationship. We are seven years apart and always fought through my childhood. In my teens and twenties, we tolerated each other, and then now we barely communicate. Some years ago, he and his wife became part of a “born again” church, and he wrote to me…

It’s Time To Let Go

Why stress over someone that won't even check to see if you are alright? Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. Nobody is ever “too busy”. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where you stand with them. If they really care, they will make the time. Very often I…

Guns With A History Change Minds

I am not a gun advocate. I have no interest in them and came across this video of people all excited to buy their first gun for “protection”. Watch what happens when they learn the history of the guns they are eager to purchase.     Written by Basil Rene © 2015 All Rights Reserved

Thumbs Down? Really?

If you read my post about getting a portable oxygen concentrator, and hoping that insurance will pay for it, well, they won't. I am disappointed but not phased. I decided that I will just buy the unit myself. Right now, because of the changes to my insurance plan, I now have to pay $150.00 a…

Flashback Friday: Let Yourself Be

Originally posted to my blog on May 10, 2011 As I browse the sarcoidosis and heart failure blogs, they all seem to have a common theme going on now, and that is frustration. Frustration with the condition, frustration with friends and family, and frustration with having to keep up appearances.

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.

Winter Is Ripping Apart My Hands

I'll admit that I am a germaphobe to a certain extent, but I am not OCD. I do wash my hands a lot, I am a chef after all and this winter is torture on my hands. The skin is already thin from being on prednisone for so many years, and add to that the…

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…

Oh No She Didn’t?!

The other day I was at the hardware store and a woman with very long manicured nails was helping her husband load soil into the back of their SUV when one of the bags apparently had a small hole and some of the soil spilled out on to her hands. She dusted it off, then…

Be Patient

  Written by Basil Rene © 2014 All Rights Reserved

Flashback Friday: Ready, Aim, Heal

Originally posted March 9, 2011 I started this blog last year on the 4th anniversary of my open lung biopsy which definitively diagnosed my pulmonary sarcoidosis. I started it not as an informative blog, but as a blog about my personal experiences with the disease sarcoidosis. If you are a follower of my blog, you…

I Found A Solution To My Dilemma Of Shaving

After years of being on prednisone for my sarcoidosis, my skin has thinned and sensitive. Add to that blood thinners, and I bruise if you look at me to hard. O shaving has become a chore and something I don't look forward to at all. In the summer months I shave every two or three…

What Closing My FaceBook Account Taught Me

I joined Facebook in 2007 when a friend of mine moved to Asia and was using the site to upload photos of their new baby. They were my only friend on the site until 2008 when suddenly a whole bunch of people discovered the site and started to send me friend requests. At the time,…

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…