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…

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…

Awesomely Amazing Happy Results

I had a right heart catheterization on Monday to determine what is the cause of the increase in my shortness of breath and huge drop in oxygen saturation with exertion. The possibilities were either my pulmonary hypertension worsened or my heart is going back into failure. Turns out, amazingly, it's neither! All of my pulmonary…

O Is For Operations

This is a Blogging From A to Z Challenge post. April 17th – O If you told me nine years ago today that by now I would have five different operations, four of them alone heart related, I would probably have laughed. And then if you would have told me that I would have a…

The Wisdom Of Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is a beautiful, talented actress and a phenomenal humanitarian. Recently, when she learned that she had the gene for breast cancer, she took preventative steps and had a double mastectomy. Recently again, she had a blood test that showed she had markers for possible early cancer, and she had her ovaries removed. The…

Flashback Friday: The Nurse

Originally posted to my blog July 31, 2011 I have a real pet peeve with rudeness. It drives me up the wall, especially in the customer service area, and yes, nursing falls under that category too.I have been having a hard time with my breathing in the past couple of days and my chest hurts…

Flashback Friday: Pushing On Through

Originally posted to my blog June 17, 2011 My wife and I are very busy at this time of the year, and it seems we are always working or going to appointments. We work together and are pretty much together 24 hours a day. Yet, one day a week we try to have a date…

Be Patient

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Choosing Life’s Battles

Back in my twenties, when I was engaged to my wife, someone bumped into and cut her off in a line in a store in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Why the hell we were there has left my memory, but I remember that the guy was a real bad ass looking dude, and I…

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,…

Flashback Friday: There’s Something Fishy About My Cholesterol

Originally posted February 16, 2011 Originally Posted February 16, 2011 I never had high cholesterol. For years I have been checked and my cholesterol levels were somewhat perfect. I do have somewhat low “good cholesterol” levels, but the “bad cholesterol” is always low. Last year my cardiologist decided to put me on Lovaza, the pharmaceutical…