Monthly Archives: December 2014

5 Steps to Surviving Colonoscopy Prep

crohnie merit badges - colonoscopy prepiEarlier this month, I had my annual colonoscopy, which I guess to be my one-hundred millionth. Maybe that’s why they went back-to-back with an endoscopy as if I had won some kind of scope lottery. I figure I’m a pro at this point, with bragging rights to the early 90’s hospital prep, when the nurses would walk into your room where you’re watching Ghost and episodes of the new dreamy George Clooney ER show, and dump gallons of tepid prep on your bedside table like they’re carting barrels of crude oil around. Continue reading

We Wish you a Merry Crohnmas…

IMG_2283Crohn’s Disease really is the gift that keeps on giving. It doesn’t stop for Christmas, it doesn’t give you a break during the summer, and doesn’t ‘rise again’ during Easter because it’s always there anyway. It is relentless and punishing and about as far from the spirit of Christmas as you could get.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to the festive season this year, but I can’t quite settle into the idea of fun and lights and laughter yet because, as always, I still have various medical bits and bobs to get through. Continue reading

Stress Cravings

f4oebIs it just me or does ongoing holiday stress start to eat away at your willpower and make it easier to turn your cheek to those stringent Crohn’s diet recommendations?  Let’s blame it on endless holiday social situations where we’re faced with platters of nuts, fried foods and other awful sights.

At a holiday party earlier today I tucked a few morsels of “bad” food on my flimsy paper plate to avoid snide looks by coworkers who question why I’m so picky and not appreciative of their simmering Crock Pot concoction.  Continue reading

Are you Gonna Crohn my Way?

2011-09-12 08.37.48It’s sadly very easy to feel alone and isolated in living with a chronic illness like Crohn’s Disease. Even if you are surrounded by loving family and friends, who are more than willing to offer unconditional support and understanding,  it can sometimes feel you are acting to appease them rather than sharing the worst parts of your condition. Continue reading