What To Get That Hard-To-Buy-For IBD Sufferer

A humorous IBD t-shirt probably isn't at the top of their list.

A humorous IBD t-shirt probably isn’t at the top of their list.

I’m sitting here finishing my coffee (yep that’s right – though I cut back I never gave it up entirely) and perusing the Black Friday specials…which actually aren’t all that special. Williams Sonoma went so “crazy” that they’re offering – wait for it – FREE SHIPPING! Also their peppermint bark is on sale. (Don’t go breaking your index finger clicking to their site, okay?) Banana Republic keeps offering 40% off full-priced purchases even though that’s all they’ve been offering for 8 days and they offer it every Wednesday anyway.

Needless to say, I’m bored, and my credit card isn’t coming out of my wallet any time soon. So I started clicking around the non-retail segment of the web and here’s something novel: a fresh post on IHaveUC.com regarding the Top 10 Most Popular Ulcerative Colitis Gift Ideas. Continue reading

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Something Else To Be Grateful For…

“100% Splinter Free.” That’s certainly a feature worth advertising!

Google is great for helping you dredge up reasons to be thankful when you’re drawing a blank. Apparently in 1935 Quilted Northern first advertised the “splinter-free” benefit of their toilet paper. Imagine having colitis before toilet paper manufacturers thought to QA their products for ass skewers?

To Flu Or Not To Flu?

Flu Shot

I’m no conspiracy theorist, but I’ve always mused that if our government pulled one over on us, they’d do it with vaccines. (Alien DNA virus from the X-Files anyone? What about the demonic Croatoan virus from Supernatural?) Yes, I get that those are fictional. That’s why I’m not an actual conspiracy theorist. I’m just open to the possibility of a widespread genetic experiment and cover-up. I am a writer, after all.

That being said, I’ve never gotten the flu shot until this year, when my doctors (and even the IV infusion nurse) urged me to do it, given the extreme immunosuppressant powers of Remicade. Oh and Imuran, can’t forget that puppy. Continue reading

Sweet Potato & Cinnamon Muffins

Good luck finding it, but if you do, you’re in for a treat!

It’s been awhile but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been dabbling in gluten-free baking mixes that don’t taste, well, gluten-free. I stumbled across this little gem from One Earth Functional Foods while shopping for my dogs’ Christmas toys at TJ Maxx. Continue reading

Great Post on Traveling from “Evidence Based IBD”…

The blog “Evidence Based IBD” just posted a very timely article: IBD and Travel. In short summary and of note, even when in remission we IBD-prone types seem to have more difficulties during and after our vacations. Also pay attention to the bit on high-altitude and increased inflammation, which may include pressurized airline cabins! (And here we thought flying was preferable to a long car ride given the somewhat-easier access to facilities). We’re just plain screwed, there’s no other way around it.

The 2nd Opinion Adventure

Really they should be squaring off with each other...or me.

These models who play doctors for stock photos should be squaring off with each other…not me.

I’ve discovered the hard way that doctors don’t like squeaky wheels. They like them even less when these said wheels seek out a second opinion. My relationship with my GI’s office has seemingly cooled since I sent the records request, and though I was delayed in personally letting them know what I was up to (they obviously signed off on the release before I got to explain) my reassurances have done little to re-warm things. Continue reading