Jun 21 2011
Manly Meds Part I: Prednisone
I’ve taken a number of medications for my IBD over the years. Most of these have been targeted at the overactive immune response, in hopes of reducing inflammation. Prednisone is the grand-daddy of all anti-inflammatories. It’s classified a...
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 13 2011
Medical Records Roundup
As I prepare to move across the country, I have been trying to fit in a final visit with each of my critical doctors. I was hoping to be seen one last time to ensure that I have adequate prescription supplies and can bridge the gap in care whil...
Jun 09 2011
Arizona Smoke-out: Solving a Sinus SOS
Smoke from the Wallow wildfire. Photo courtesy of John Fowler, CC BY 2.0When I wrote my recent series of columns about quitting smoking, I was talking about smoking cigarettes. Since then it seems the state of Arizona has suddenly taken up a na...
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...
May 31 2011
Colitis and Cigarettes: Part 2
Charms blow pops, photo courtesy of Toshimasa Ishibashi, CC BY 2.0This is Part 2 of a three-part story of colitis and cigarettes. Read Part 1.The previous time I’d tried to quit smoking, I woke up the next morning freaking out and panicking at t...
May 26 2011
Colitis and Cigarettes: Part 1
This is Part 1 of a three-part story of colitis and cigarettes.Last month marked my anniversary of quitting smoking. The date came and went without my noticing until a few days after. I must admit I feel very fortunate to get to this point, when...
May 23 2011
IBD Treatments: A Love/Hate Story of Risk/Benefit Analysis
It appears that there are only two possible responses to the fine print that comes with our prescriptions and IBD treatments. Either we’re put to sleep with the boring tedium of it all, or, if we’re paying attention, we could easily come to she...
May 19 2011
A Lavatory Discovery Story
Patients of digestive illnesses have much in common, and they differ widely as well, but there’s one unavoidable truth that applies to us all:toilets are paramount. We don’t really feel like we know whereweare unless we know wheretheyare. And how ...