Dear Public Restrooms….

I wish… …you were clean, all the time. I would happily pay a quarter every time just to have that assurance. I am not even asking for a self-cleaning toilet.  Alas, I am taking clorox wipes with me wherever I go. … stalls were sound and smell proof. Seriously, what is this metal wall in between business? It’s bad enough for me to know that I can make these sounds, does the world need to know? …if you don’t haveRead more

My 17 in 17 challenge

I have been going back to exercise classes after Thanksgiving. During my childhood and youth and well into my twenties, I hated any form of exercise with passion. One, I was shit at it, and very often just too sick to do anything. Second, German PE teachers are assholes. #notallgermanpeteachers you want to say? No, all of them. One of my favorite writers, Arnold Stadler once wrote that there were two types of PE teachers at his High school. ThoseRead more

Traveling with IBD III: The AirBnB

Over the Holidays, I traveled to Germany again, this time with Lee. We visited my family for a week, and then met up with friends from London in Munich for five days. The four of us rented an apartment using AirBnB. I was hesitant at first- aside from the fact that I feel uneasy about the “sharing economy”, I was also worried as an IBD patient. Would we find a place where I didn’t have to share the bathroom withRead more

Friday Fun: a commentary 

Today’s post is from my brilliant friend B. He has cerebral palsy, and his humor is a constant inspiration. Post-Event Cerebral Palsy Adaptation Report #8748373-6D Scenario: overcrowded department party. Human density: 3 elbow-endowed humans in wool suits per square foot. Problem: greater than zero chance of cataclysmic spillage of staining liquid and/or sauce due to jostling or critical loss of balance and/or maxillofacial injury at the hands of gravity. Solution: ordered white wine instead of red to minimize staining potentialRead more

Take Steps 2015, the good, the bad and opportunities for next year

Yesterday, I went to Take Steps2015- the annual fundraising walk that the local chapters of the CCFA. The Northwest Chapter of the US is mainly located in Seattle, the Portland Chapter is much smaller. When I went to the Crohn’s and Colitis Support group meeting in April however, a representative of Take Steps was there, advertising the event. So, a good month later, my better half and I put on our walking shoes and went to the event. I haveRead more

What’s in my bag? -Post-op Crohn’s Edition

As a German, you get culturally conditioned to be prepared. We are a people of planners and what-iffers.  This can be debilitating, but it can also be empowering. In my case, it empowered me to leave the house after my surgeries, wound vac or not, trans-rectal drain or not. So, I packed my bag and went. Here are the absolute essentials that I have in that bag. Not everything is Crohn’s-related, but still useful. Sunglasses. Having lived in CA forRead more