Good news. Bad news.


Life is dichotomy. Life is duality. The Yin & Yang of light & dark, virtue & evil, up & down … uh … you get the idea. Existential at best. Detached at worst. Round and round goes the world, as does life.

The Good News:

Went to see my pulmonologist today, after a four month hiatus from him or any Sarcoid drugs. He says though active, my Sarcoid is still mild. Like some milk-toast cheddar from Wisconsin. He doesn’t see any link with any of my current symptoms. And let me tell you … there still are plenty.

The Bad News:

In looking at the EKG that Dr Rosenfield did on me a few weeks ago in his office, Dr Raghu says it shows an abnormality. Okay … that’s a scary statement. And looking at my blood test results, my thyroid function is low. Not catastrophic, but this could also add to why I’m still feeling tired.

If I look at all my symptoms in a list … no wonder I feel depressed!


  • Left foot and ankle swollen
  • Low thyroid function
  • Low testosterone levels
  • Inner ear still fluid filled and aching
  • Waking with headaches
  • Decreased lung function
  • Lethargy

So it’s off to Dr Alegra tomorrow my new ENT to scope out (no pun intended) my ear and sinus headache issues. Then it’s off to Dr Rosenfield on Monday to sort through the remainder of what’s going on and get a game plan together.

On top of that I need to drop … oh 80 lbs. I’m sure that’s not helping anything. What to do. What to do. Well … start by going to the doctors and seeing what they say. From there it’s up to me.

Joe Streno Written by:

artist . musician . photographer . apple computer consultant . health coach . residing in asbury park nj with his two cats rocky & rose & living to tell tales about it


  1. Saturday / May 2, 2009

    Yen and Yang, modern medicine and the other side I represent naturopathic says you may be going in the wrong direction with all those symptoms eating at you. Did you know that thyroid disease is really a very rare disease and yet there is an epidemic (1 in 4 people) of it in America. The truth is that an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s or Graves disease probably (90%+) gave you your thyroid disease. Autoimmune diseases are very interesting, there are aprox 80 to 100 at this time with another 40 waiting for a name. Medical science cannot explain why and has not found a cure for even one. You can trigger one of them just by having an auto accident, taking aspirin or medicine, by starting a new exercise routine, or even stressing out says latest research. Naturopathic medicine says, “Look for the root cause. The cause is in the basics; beginning with what is on your fork, what toxins are in your body, what exercise do you do, what stress is in your life, what is your spiritual base”. Science has led us down the wrong path, we better stop and take a close look at what is happening. Every month an average of 150 new chemicals which are part of the autoimmune problem will be added too industry with no oversight control at all. Autoimmune disease is the worst kind of contradiction; for thyroid disease your immune system is attacking you at your own thyroid, a world upside down. God bless you in your search.

    Ps Here is a challenge, on a piece of paper write down as many diseases as you can think of then put them as a search on Google one at a time and add the word epidemic you will see that almost all of them are. Is anyone in modern medicine awake?

  2. Sissy
    Saturday / May 2, 2009

    I hope you are feeling better and have gotten some good news.TTYS. Love, Di

  3. Carol Putnam
    Thursday / April 30, 2009

    I was on facebook checking out the cardiac sarcoidosis group and I thought I would look at some of the “regular” sarcoidosis groups and I found you and your blog.
    My husband has cardiac sarcoidosis and we just saw Dr Raghu for the first time in Jan. 09.
    Look me up on facebook or email me and we can compare notes on your possible “heart” involvement.

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