Aug 01 2011
Ostomy Awareness Day
The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) marked the second annual Ostomy Awareness day on Sunday, July 31. Aimed to raise awareness and provide support, the UOAA is encouraging patients to speak out and help others understand ostomies. ...
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 21 2011
Beat the Heat
With many states and localities issuing heat advisories, I’ve been hearing from lots of people about the effects of this weather we’re experiencing—not just hot temperatures but unusually high humidity as well. With dew points in the 80s, the M...
Jul 19 2011
CCFA Partners: Research by the People, for the People
The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America has recently announced a new ground-breaking research initiative and invites IBD patients to participate. The CCFA Partners project, which collects information directly from participants in an onlin...
Jul 14 2011
Dietary Dos and Don’ts for Digestive Diseases
While it’s common for people to expect that some standard dietary restrictions will come along with Crohn’s or colitis, aside from a few special cases, there are really no universal answers to the question of what is good and bad to eat. For th...
Jul 11 2011
Keep on Movin’
Trying to think of ways to stay active despite symptoms that reduce your sense of mobility? There have been times when I’ve felt so lousy that leaving the house seemed nearly impossible. The kinds of exercise I typically enjoy are outdoor activ...
Jul 07 2011
Crap Apps Part II: TP Games!
While perusing toilet-locator smartphone apps in a previous column, I stumbled across a couple of toilet-oriented games for these new wonder-devices. Silly as they may be, it’s at least a little bit of fun to see what whacky things people have ...
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 30 2011
Crap-Apps Part I: Smartphone Toilet Finders
As I move across country, I’ve been experimenting with smartphone toilet-locator apps. While I’m pretty good at finding restrooms on my own, I thought I’d have a look at what assistance is available. There are a handful of them, but only a few ...
Jun 23 2011
Manly Meds Part II: Testosterone
In addition to the “annoyances” category of Prednisone side effects, there are a number of potentially harmful complications. One of the more common of these problems is a reduction in bone density. I’ve been getting annual bone density exams s...