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. ...
Feb 22 2011
Here I stand in the middle of absolute chaos. Utter mayhem is all around me. Kids are running around me screaming, adults are shouting, everyone seems to be going every direction at once. I can barely see; my eyes are burning. I am being douse...
Feb 07 2011
Super [Toilet] Bowl
Having watched the Super Bowl recently, seeing the fans in the stands and the crowds gathered outside, I am reminded of the last time I went to an event in a stadium. It was for a concert last summer. I only occasionally go to stadium events an...
Feb 04 2011
Welcome to C3 - A Field Guide to the IBD Adventure
As you read this, I imagine what you might be thinking. You sit there looking at this screen, with mouse in hand…you have searched the internet for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis or inflammatory bowel disease…and you’re looking for answe...