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...
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...