Monthly Archives: September 2004

Bush, Kerry, and Television

When President Bush answered a question about the situation in Iraq, he answered with a statement about how he kept up with the developments by watching them on television. I was waiting for Kerry to respond with something about how it was a mistake to rely upon the reactions of a commander-in-chief whose closest experience… Read More »

Blood Does Tell…

Tyler Hamilton, Olymic gold medalist, may lose that gold medal. A test newly implemented at the Athens Olympic Games came up positive in Tyler’s case for “blood doping”. Apparently, athletes involved in endurance sports can obtain a bit of a boost by adding some volume of red blood cells to their system. The test to… Read More »

Progress Toward the Next Surgery

Here’s the update… I had a fistulotomy back on Sept. 2nd to prepare for the big ileo-anal anastomosis with J-pouch operation in October. The cut was a bit over an inch long and had a pretty heavy drainage for a week-and-a-half. I’m now about two-and-a-half weeks post-op, and drainage is pretty minimal now. The pain… Read More »

Post-surgery, and things are well

The fistulotomy went fine. About the worst part was getting the local anesthetic, which was a series of injections. Somewhere along there, they upped the IV sedation, and the world went away. Waking up post-op, I wasn’t feeling a thing from the surgery site. My surgeon told me that there was a lot of old… Read More »

Surgery: I can’t have just one

Living with an ileostomy sure beats dying without one, but all in all it would be nice to have my internal plumbing work more like it does in other people. I have a date for the big chunk of surgery to do this (the ileo-anal anastomosis with J-pouch) of October 29th. But in order to… Read More »