May 16 2011
Spring has definitely arrived. I am in the mood that comes along with the smell of lilacs and rain. I grill out even though it’s still getting dark a bit early, I wear flip-flops even though it’s still too chilly, and I want to be outside, all ...
May 09 2011
The King Has Spoken
film still from "The King's Speech"This weekend I finally made time to watch The King’s Speech. While the life of royalty may be far from what I could normally identify with, this film effectively drew me in—not as a spectator (as is ...
Apr 21 2011
Toilet-paper Tubes: From Trash to Treasure
"Grand Nord. Renne" by Anastassia EliasHaving spent a part of my life as an artist, and an even larger portion on the toilet, I couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful off-beat discovery: Toilet tube art by Anastassia Elias. Most...
Apr 19 2011
Nowhere To Go, Photo by AndrewEnjoying some lovely spring weather this week, I decide to take a drive through one of the more scenic areas of my state. The journey from Santa Fe to Durango is notable for many things—beautiful scenery, roadrunn...
Apr 07 2011
A Love/Sick Movie (a Sick Love Story)
New on video last week was Love and Other Drugs, a thought-provoking, albeit relatively underdeveloped, film that highlights some interesting topics for those living with chronic illness. It begins with Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal), a footloose lady...
Apr 04 2011
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pill-Poppers
Managing Medications Part VTo conclude this series we will explore what I consider to be the most critical of all the medication management topics: remembering to take your meds. It’s all about reminders—remembering to carry and take meds, r...
Mar 24 2011
Crohn’s, Colitis, and a Couple of Congressmen
Andrew with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.The other day I wrote about a new Congressional Crohn’s and Colitis Caucus that was formed to focus on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This news struck me in several ways. On one hand, it’s hard to imagine t...
Mar 22 2011
U.S. Congress Launches Caucus on Crohn’s and Colitis
photo courtesy of David Iliff, CC BY-SA 3.0Advocacy for inflammatory bowel disease took a step forward last week with the introduction of a Congressional Crohn’s and Colitis Caucus. Launched and chaired by Congressmen Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and ...
Mar 21 2011
Managing Medications Part IV: Popper Tools
Continuing our exploration of how to manage all those crazy pills and refills and pharmacy trips, and whatever else—or helping your child or loved one deal with this process—I’d like to introduce a number of tools I’ve used and witnessed that m...
Mar 17 2011
Managing Medications Part III: Get Organized
This installment in our medication management series is all about one thing, the pill organizer. It’s the most important tool I use to coordinate my medications. It’s an indispensable dispenser. One of my most notable laments, however, is that ...