Sep 12 2011
Lactose Lucidity: Latte Lento
Over time, we learn to adapt to the special package of hardships and limitations we encounter in the journey through chronic illness. But I’ve had a reminder lately that things can (and do) evolve in both directions. Early on in my IBD histo...
Sep 08 2011
Lab Lab Test
Perusing the many competition entries at the state fair was much more fascinating than I would have imagined. I’d never paid much attention to these exhibits before, but this year I found myself marveling at the copious variety of awards presen...
Sep 02 2011
Two State Fairs & One Fare Miracle
This year, I managed to hit two different state fairs in less than a week. I ate: kettle cornfunnel cakejambalayagyrosfish tacosseafood chowderroasted sweet corna pretzel doga pickle doga quart of French friesa quart of chocolate chip cookiesmas...
Aug 29 2011
After spending a week traveling around Alaska, I am amazed by its size and beauty. Spectacular sights lie around every corner, no matter where you go. But I am even more impressed by Alaska’s people and its culture of independence. While there ...
Aug 15 2011
Summer is the time of festivals. Since moving to a larger city, there’s so much to do that I have had to learn to say no, a lot. But my recreation calendar is still ridiculously busy. In fact, I think I’ve been to more festivals this summer tha...
Jul 25 2011
U2 in Concert, Photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson (CC BY-SA 2.0).This weekend a rather interesting event resulted in the convergence of many pieces of my past. In the city where I just moved to, not far from where I grew up and went to college, ...
Jul 05 2011
Reflecting on this weekend’s holiday, I can’t help but pay tribute to the concepts of freedom and independence. While these mean a great variety of things to a great many people, for those living with chronic illness, these concepts can take on...
Jun 16 2011
Friendly Neighborhood Phlebotomist
I find it one of the more amusingly obscure words in our language, phlebotomist. One of those esoteric terms that refers to a highly specialized occupation—a word that’s really only familiar to the person it applies to and hardly anyone else. In...
Jun 06 2011
Doing a Job on Me: Job Search on IBD
I’ve interviewed for a couple of jobs in the last few months. It’s a stressful process—for all the normal reasons of course, but there are certainly some extra considerations for people who live with a chronic illness… so many questions and con...
Jun 02 2011
Colitis and Cigarettes: Part 3
This is Part 3 of a three-part story of colitis and cigarettes.ReadPart 1and Part 2.Now that I have colitis, I’ve discovered another interesting twist to the whole smoking thing… statistics have linked quitting smoking to onset of ulcerative co...