Do you know what is wild about IBD and some other autoimmune diseases? They can have many manifestations outside the intestines. Because it’s all about your immune system, not whatever portion of you it’s attacking. For example: you might be taking a shower when your shin starts itching, and continues to itch for the next … More E.I.(W): the extraintestinal (weirdness)
Here’s an article someone linked on the HealingWell forum. I’m thinking IBD/ulcerative colitis, obviously, but it still applies to anyone who is living with a chronic disease.
To parent well, you have to form new habits. Luckily for parents, it’s an activity that comes with the super-effective conditioning stimuli: soul-wrenching screams. I am here to tell you that these work, especially for someone like me who spent the decade after reaching age of majority indulging myself and only myself. Parenting and proper parently … More May be habit-forming
There’s a reason you make your lemon bar filling while the crust is baking. It’s because you need to pour it into the crust while the crust is still warm. This is essential. Because otherwise, if too cool (or overdone) the crust will pull away from the edges of the pan, and the filling will … More Lemon Bar Fail
Stuff That quote is from one of the writing podcasts I’m catching up on, taken completely out of context. Keeping on. Drinking some Numi Emperor’s Pu-erh tea. Funny what some people describe (universally) as “malty” I taste and smell as “mulchy.” Although the more often I drink it, the more the malty/mulchy tastes like a … More “New and different bad things happen to you at every stage.”
OF COURSE YOU DO. Who doesn’t? What’s Wrong With Me? (via The New Yorker) This essay really hits all my ulcerative colitis high notes. It also hits home — while my problems can be currently be suppressed with meds, I’ve entered disease/treatment limbo. There’s no “better”, there’s only maintenance. When you have a chronic autoimmune … More Want to know more about autoimmune disease?
Welp, As I Mentioned: I Had A Baby. Note: Some pregnancy/birth/surgery/baby-related triggers here for some. Not a birth story, really. On the internet you can read a lot of birth stories. Today I read one that sounded almost exactly like mine, except with more bleeding and trauma! This was less comforting than I thought it would be. There … More The house blend of cognitive dissonance
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?
So stuff is going well, I guess. We found out at a previous appointment that my fluid levels are low normal, so I’ve been drinking water like clockwork. Seems to be helping (or rather, it seems I was probably dehydrated at my last ultrasound, since our bodies can’t really MAKE more fluid, apparently), and the … More Fire/update everything
Realized two things last night while walking around with A.: 1) I was grotesquely full from a dinner of Meat, Vegetables, Milk, and Apple Pie. 2) It has been a long time since I’ve had a Coke. The Primary Dark Cola of our world and I have a funny relationship. Intellectually, I’m against it. The company exploits land and … More Save your rebellion for things that matter. Like cherry slices.