Oct 07 2011
After moving across the country, it’s a daunting process to search for a new doctor. Really it’s a team of doctors I need to find. A gastroenterologist, endocrinologist, orthopedist, and physical therapist, among others—and I also need a new ge...
Oct 03 2011
An Evening of Hope
It went for $50. Yes, somebody in the audience paid $50 for a four-pack of toilet paper. That’s what happens when you bring together a group of people who are united to cure a disease. Saturday night, I had the honor of serving as emcee and...
Sep 29 2011
Easy Does It
Spending a night with a bellyache, gurgling intestines, and the subsequent paranoia about what it could mean is a provoking reminder. When I’m feeling relatively well, able to eat comfortably, and mostly free of the more troublesome IBD symptom...
Sep 26 2011
Uncover Ostomy, Courtesy of Uncover OstomyAs a support group leader I often get calls about the details of the group’s activities, meeting times, and locations. But occasionally people just need someone to talk to, and sometimes they’re despera...
Sep 19 2011
Dear Restroom Designer/Installer/Manager: I’ve said it before, but apparently I have to say it again… If there are shreds of toilet paper all over the floor in the toilet stalls, it means your dispensers suck, or the paper is to...
Sep 15 2011
Underwear: A Brief History
Having patented a wide variety of fabrics, sewing machines and other equipment, George D. Munsing was an accomplished turn-of-the-century inventor and businessman. But perhaps his best-known contribution to the industrial revolution was his pio...
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 ...