Radiolab has a new podcast up!
Yep, it’s all about our glorious bowels. When one of my old college buds linked to it I clicked over to the site, thinking, damn, they might just do a story on IBD. And I wasn’t disappointed: part 3 of the podcast is all about a dude who has Crohn’s disease.
It never fails to amaze me how many people misspell Crohn’s disease, but even as a self-professed lifelong spelling-and-grammar freak (yes, I WAS that annoying kid who won a lot of class spelling bees. It was all for the fame, glory, and whores, you understand) I must admit it’s a strange, unintuitive word. But then, it was named after a person, so.
I get a range of responses when I tell someone I have ulcerative colitis. Usually I have to preface “ulcerative colitis” with “a chronic disease” so that people don’t think I’m talking about a class or current events, but after that I get some knowing nods, some pretend-knowing nods, and some What’s that, exactly?s. Occasionally I get a JFK buff who tells me all about Kennedy’s intestines and steroid use and whatnot. But I think both diseases have a ways to go before they’re household names. I’d rather UC/CD/IBD didn’t become such common diseases just so everyone knows what the hell I’m talking about.
Really I just want more attention for ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s, Crohn’s, Crohn’s, big deal.
In any case, the Crohn’s part of the podcast reminds me a lot of how I felt during my surprise 2010 flare. I’m fist-bumping (fistula-bumping?) you through the computer, guy.
In other news A. and I are watching Breaking Bad. We’re finishing up season three, and Bob Odenkirk is KILLING me.