Lost in the intestinal sea

Once again I am drowning. Completely and utterly lost beneath the flood of fact, fiction, misinformation and opinion. Of late my research has brought me back around to the world of the microbiome. When it comes to IBD the current topic du jour seems to be the microbiological chemistry of the intestines and their genetic…

Swedish adventure

Monday mornings can be very gloomy times. They are times of woe that occur on an all too frequent basis. The cold water shock of going back to work after the joys of the weekend are damaging on both a physical and mental level. 48 hours ago I was kayaking in the Baltic sea, now…

Remicade and Sweden

Not much going on today. I am still feeling pretty shattered from the weekend shenanigans and my cycle to work seems to have exasperated the pain in my knee. Only it is my other knee which is a bit odd. Come on knees! Another frantic week ahead as I have my third and final Infliximab…

The Lake District

Wow, what a weekend. There are some great mountains and some stunning lakes to be explored up in the Lake District. Two days really was nowhere near enough. After leaving the house at 4:30pm on Friday afternoon we crawled in to Wasdale Head campsite at around about 1:30am on Saturday morning. Needless to say, I was…

Relentless drumming of the blast beat

Below is a list of possible reasons why I have been blessed with UC. Please be aware that some (all) of these ideas might not be (are not) based on scientific fact. Biting my nails Ever since I can remember I have bitten my nails. As we all know nails are not easy to digest. Years…

Obligatory unnamed SCD post

I return to you today halfway through my highly anticipated package. “Please, won’t you tell us what it is!” I hear you cry. Fear not, for I will ease your worried mind. I have been waiting on tenterhooks for my US delivery of Breaking The Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet by Elaine Gottschall which…

Problem with my chips and peas

Last night I got home after a particularly gruelling work out at the gym to find a much anticipated parcel in front of my door. I had been working hard on my legs. I really enjoy leg work outs. It seems most people prefer the more aesthetic workouts of the chest, arms and stomach but…

The thoughtless herd, nothing changes

After a fairly exhausting weekend it was straight back in to the week with avengeance. After the capital’s weekend cycling events the roads seemed devoid of cars. I am not sure if it is connected or if it is just because it is August and everyone is escaping the mundanities of day to day life. Either way…

I’d shoot for the moon but I’m too busy gazing at stars

This weekend I was careless with food. Thankfully there were no implications in the toilet department. I had fudge, whiskey and fish and chips. Not in that order and not all at once but still I can’t help but feel guilty. It is clear that they are not the ideal food for a colon as…

I’ve watched a change, in you.

The wealth of options for treating Ulcerative Colitis can, at times, be quite overwhelming. Over the last few years I have spent an obscene amount of time trawling the internet to find treatment. Amongst the trolls and bad advice there is a vast quantity of helpful options. I think I have read them all and…

Just Another Manic Thursday

Today was the first Thursday since starting methotrexate that I haven’t felt like my brain was on the receiving end of a Narwhal piledrive. There was the usual difficulties with getting out of bed; It took me about 5 snoozes to pluck up the courage to wobble to the bathroom. Sometimes I cannot tell if…