My folks came to stay with us for two weeks, and it was pretty good. We only had one extended argument over bowls, preferences, gifts, and adulthood. It also helped immensely that they were present for our anesthesia vomitfest fiasco with E. I’m not sure whether I’m freaked that I got so immediately comfortable with … More Having said that (by Grabthar’s Hammer, what a summer, part 2).
Gaseous Anomalies You would not BELIEVE the gas around here lately. Yeeass, the baby has gas. Wee little baby farts are a thing of great hilarity. Even funnier are the massive ones that sound way too mature to emerge from such a tiny dude still in diapers. If you have never experienced them, go borrow … More The horror, the horror
As always I strive to bring you the latest in crap news. Recently A. alerted me to this article about fecal transplants (also known as fecal microbiota transplantation, or FMT) in the New Yorker: The Excrement Experiment It’s a long article. I haven’t read it yet, so I’m linking it here as a placeholder. Also … More More on the fecal transplant front
After over a decade of living with ulcerative colitis and eating to placate it, I have come to the final conclusion that spinach and I can never ever be friends again. Yes, it may be a “legal” food according to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Yes, it is fantastically good for you. In particular I’ve bought and cooked … More No spinach for you?
Why yes, I am feeling a bit like Ramona Quimby today. Having some gut aches. Normally I just blame that crap on the UC, and take it easy as much as possible, try to calm things down. But with the addition of babby to the belly mix, I am now filled with all sorts of … More Guts, guts, guts
So I was looking at these images from Childbirth Connection, and I just have to say, good gods, won’t anyone think of the intestines? Here’s the 20 weeks pic: In other words, ho-hum, everything’s looking good. But! Flash forward to 28 weeks, and what do we see? A weird mashing of intestines, that’s what! And … More Anatomical Miracles
I’m having another flare. This one can be attributed to stress, sure, but also to the combining factors of rich food and drink over Christmas, leftover Christmas fudge and divinity, and my forgetting one-third of my daily dose of balsalazide. I’m trying to take it easy, eat light, and NOT go back on prednisone if … More 2014 Flare Number One
Bacterium Can Reverse Autism-Like Behaviour in Mice Several studies have found that humans with autism are also more likely to have gastrointestinal disorders, suggesting that the two problems may be linked…[the researchers] found that mice with symptoms of autism had lower levels of a bacterium called Bacteroides fragilis that is normally present in the mouse … More This is the best we can hope for.
Fart Filtering Underwear Said to Neutralize the Stink of Passing Gas Made by Shreddies. What a name. I also love that even in the incontinence underwear modeling biz, models still must be rail thin: My Shreddies Incontinence Ladies Pants. But I guess it’s justifiable–if you’re having a super flare and little luck holding in any food … More These are important innovations.