Wednesday’s Words Of Wisdom: Gratitude For Life

©️2020 Basil René. All Rights Reserved Images©️Basil René or Sourced From Mematic &/or Giphy Who Holds ©️Info For All Photographs In Thier Application Basil René was diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis in 2006 and cardiac sarcoidosis in 2007. As a result of sarcoidosis, Basil René has heart failure and lives with an implanted AICD.

Second Look Sunday: Traveling And Diuretics

Originally posted January 23, 2014 It is amazing how you need to plan your life when you have chronic conditions. Simple things like a road trip become an event. I need to figure out if I need to walk with my portable liquid oxygen or my concentrator. How many days of medication I need. If…

Wednesday’s Words Of Wisdom: Forgiveness

©️2020 Basil René. All Rights Reserved Images©️Basil René or Sourced From Mematic &/or Giphy Who Holds ©️Info For All Photographs In Thier Application Basil René was diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis in 2006 and cardiac sarcoidosis in 2007. As a result of sarcoidosis, Basil René has heart failure and lives with an implanted AICD.

Second Look Sunday: Finding Bits Of Peace

Originally posted Jan 21, 2014 Standing with my back to the shower, I let the warm (bordering on hot) water cascade down onto my head as I tilt my head back at just the correct angle to allow the water to completely cover my ears so that all I hear is the sound of water…

Wednesday’s Words Of Wisdom: Self Healing

©️2020 Basil René. All Rights Reserved Images©️Basil René or Sourced From Mematic &/or Giphy Who Holds ©️Info For All Photographs In Thier Application Basil René was diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis in 2006 and cardiac sarcoidosis in 2007. As a result of sarcoidosis, Basil René has heart failure and lives with an implanted AICD.

Superman Is Grounded

When I was given the news in 2007 that sarcoidosis affected my heart and that I had 5 to 10 years before I would need a heart and lung transplant, I was determined to prove doctors wrong. There was no way I was having a transplant. I was going to live way beyond the ten…

Second Look Sunday: I Need To Stay In Bed On A Sarcoidosis Day

Originally posted January 12, 2014 Everyone with a chronic condition or conditions has had a day, or days where they just are not feeling “right”. I don’t mean the pain or usual symptoms that come with the condition, but a day when you are just not in balance, where your coordination is off, your brain…

Wednesday’s Words Of Wisdom: Acceptance

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Second Look Sunday: Screw The Flu Shot

Originally published Jan 2014 It’s the beginning of January fall and for the first time since being diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2006, I have not gotten the flu. I never had the flu before getting Sarcoidosis, but my doctors, especially after getting sarcoidosis in the heart and the resulting heart failure, all convinced me to…

Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now

I have not added anything new to this blog in two months because I haven’t had the time to dedicate towards it. Maintenance of a blog is not an easy thing. I have this blog for ten years and it takes time, effort and dedication to maintain. It’s not as simple as just writing what…

Why I Refused A Mask At My Doctor’s Office For My Own Protection.

Yes, I know, I am a major advocate for the wearing of masks in public but yesterday I actually had to refuse a mask at my doctor’s office. I went to the radiology department of my doctor’s group to have a sniff test done and the office exercised all the precautionary protocols for COVID-19, with…

No, I Am Not Dead

I received an email from a reader asking if I was dead. If I was, I’m not sure how was I supposed to answer that one. Anyhoo, for the past month I have been working very long hours (thankfully) and haven’t had time to blog on any of my blogs. So thank you for your…

Second Look Sunday: I Need Sleep

Originally posted December 2013 It’s been a rough few days for me. On Wednesday night I had a bout of post herpatic neuralgia. I had shingles in my face back in 2008, and to this day I still get times when my left nostril and face either are sensitive to the touch or it feels…

Second Look Sunday: Resilience

Originally posted December 3, 2013 Resilience – an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change If you follow my blog, you already know the list of my conditions as a result of having sarcoidosis. If you don’t, then check out “My Story” above in the tabs. I experienced a lot of…

Olivia’s Music Monday Motivation: Serenity

As I wrote before, Olivia Newton John’s music is basically the playlist to my life. Every night, I listen to this particular song just before going to sleep. It is one of three songs on my “Olivia Go To Sleep” playlist. This particular song is so poignant to everything in my life and living with…

Second Look Sunday: Putting Things Into Perspective

Originally posted December 2, 2013 Today I had no intention or desire to go to my therapist. You may have read before the previous post that I started Buddhist psychotherapy. Today I was in no mood to talk. It was a long weekend, I was really really tired and in no mood for dealing with…

Olivia’s Music Monday Motivation

In 1971, when I was 9 years old, i was outside in my yard playing by myself. The television was on inside the living room and I heard the most beautiful voice eminating from the black and white TV. I ran inside to see who was the angel singing and saw a blond woman in…

Second Look Sunday: Laughing At Myself

Originally posted Novemeber 2, 2013 Yesterday I went to the doctors office at Mt. Sinai and parked in their parking lot which is a six story structure that is usually always full, but I always manage to get a spot. I left the car and took the elevator down to walk over to the hospital…

Second Look Sunday: I Dreamed An Odd Dream

Originally Posted by BASIL RENE on OCTOBER 21, 2013 I do dream at night when I sleep, but I very seldom remember them. Usually they are happy dreams, and flying dreams. Very seldom are they scary. Last night I had a dream that was very disturbing. And so, when I do have one that disturbs…

Ask Me Anything About My Sarcoidosis

A new feature on my blog is, “Ask me about my sarcoidosis”. I started this blog as a way to help other people with sarcoidosis to get more information and since I get a few emails every week asking me specific questions about my life with the disease, I decided to start a new segment…