A lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving. It’s the one day a year we Americans are required by federal law to overeat, watch football, and think about what we’re thankful for. I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m married to the greatest woman in the world. The life we have together is pretty awesome and continues to get … Continue Reading “A lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving”

I’m extremely thankful to have health insurance

I’m so, so thankful I have health insurance. I received a statement in the mail from the University of Maryland Medical Center for the surgery to remove part of my large bowel last month. Because I have health insurance, my out of pocket cost for the whole thing was zero. I’m lucky to have health insurance. … Continue Reading “I’m extremely thankful to have health insurance”

I was mentioned in an article on Rollingstone.com

A long, long time ago, I was at my local Walmart after work and noticed a t-shirt in the men’s department that looked a lot like a Nazi Death’s Head, a Totenkopf. I took a picture of it with my Motorola Razr flip-phone. When I got home, I compared the photo I took at Walmart to an … Continue Reading “I was mentioned in an article on Rollingstone.com”

Happy Fourth of July

Today is the Fourth of July, the anniversary of when our ancestors declared their independence from Great Britain.  According to my calculations, we’ve been our own country for 88,388 days or more plainly put, 242 years. My ancestral origins My mother’s side of the family has been here since the beginning. Knowing them like I think I do, they were … Continue Reading “Happy Fourth of July”

I bet you my large bowel is smaller than yours

Last Wednesday I went to the University of Maryland Medical Center and had a portion of my large bowel removed. Crohn’s disease damaged it. It made part of my large bowel narrow and difficult for waste to travel from point A to point B. It’s what caused the G.I. blockage that almost killed me the … Continue Reading “I bet you my large bowel is smaller than yours”

After tomorrow, I will have less large bowel than I have now

Tomorrow morning I check into the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore to have part of my large bowel removed. It’s the part that has been damaged by Crohn’s. The damaged portion is constricted and there’s no way to make it less constricted. That’s why it has to come out. The surgery will be done by … Continue Reading “After tomorrow, I will have less large bowel than I have now”