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 ...
Mar 15 2011
Managing Medications Part II: Getting the Goods
While it seems simple enough, sometimes managing your prescription inventory can be unexpectedly complicated. Pharmacies have policies, doctor approval is required for renewals, family members need to understand the details, and there’s a lot ...
Mar 10 2011
Managing Medications Part I: Pharmaceutical Buffet
It’s become a Sunday tradition… I haul out my stash of prescriptions from the shelf, sit down at my desk, and assemble the week’s pharmaceutical buffet. It’s a less-than-tasty assortment of IBD meds, sinus treatments, vitamins, and a handful of...
Mar 01 2011
Germ Olympics: IBD and Infections
There’s risk in everything we do and every place we go. However, we can’t just bow out of everything that seems a little risky. To do so is to bow out of life. It can be all too easy to live like a shut-in at times. But that’s not healthy either. ...