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I joined a Crohn’s and Colitis meeting in a local hospital today and it was quite interesting.
One GI doc held a lecture about food allergies and intolerances in IBD patients!

It seems to be common that IBD patients not only have to deal with food intolerances like lactose, fructose, FODMAP, alcohol, histamine or wheat more frequently (compared with healthy people) but also seem to have higher rates of food allergies and allergies in general.

It’s an interesting aspect I think especially when it comes to “food problems” in remission.
That means instead of taking pred when suspecting a flare-up its always worth trying an elimination diet!
Also new food intolerances can occur when a new flare up is coming.

They other lectures where predominantly about old and new IBD medications and methods to identify which patients might have a bigger chance to respond to a certain kind of treatment.
For example there is a anti-TNF-spray available that can be sprayed directly to the intestinal mucosa in colonoscopies to predict the likelihood of a patient of responding to anti-TNF-biologicals (e.g. Humira, Remicade).
That’s pretty cool, isn’t it?!

Afterwards I had some cups of tea with another IBD girl, we had nice bowel talks ;) and we went for a walk in the park and drank a cup of disgusting healing water. 💧

Hope you have a sunny ☀️ and happy tummy day!

Headcanon: Sonic absolutely hates being fussed over by friends and medical personnel after long and difficult fights that leave him bruised, battered, and injured. His friends have to help tie him down to make sure he doesn’t run off before he receives treatment, because he’d much rather bolt out the door as fast as his legs could carry him - not merely because he’s antsy, but because he just wants to prove to everyone he’s all right, because it hurts him to see them worrying about him so much.

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Photographing Through Love and Grief with @ianwillms

To see more photos by Ian Willms, follow @ianwillms on Instagram.

A few emotional pictures became the start of a photographic odyssey for Ian Willms (@ianwillms). Seven months ago, Ian’s father was in a motorcycle accident in South Africa. “When I first got there, he was unconscious so I was very hesitant to take pictures of him. I took one or two just with the intention of keeping them for myself and for my own understanding of what happened,” says Ian, who is a freelance photojournalist.

As his father recovered and became a willing participant, taking pictures took on a more profound purpose. The camera allowed Ian to find expression for feelings of shock, sadness, isolation, love, and ultimately anguish. On May 20th, Ian’s father unexpectedly passed away. Even amidst this grief, Ian continues to photograph. “After he died it just became about his presence in things and places,” Ian says. “Maybe the act of making something out of it will be therapeutic,” he adds. “I’m hoping to photograph it for as long as I feel like I’m going through it. I think that’s an important thing.”

emergency commissions

My fiance just wound up taking a sudden hospital visit.
The visit rapidly changed from us being told his pain was just an infection, to receiving multiple tests, being told we could leave, and then being told he was getting admitted. Finally, we were told that he was being taken into surgery.
He is unable to work for a little while. In light of our current situation, I am desperately looking for commissions/donations/anything to help us along, financially. We are getting to go home today, hopefully.

These will be name your own price commissions.
You’ll tell me what you want me to draw, and how much you’ll pay. Based on that, I’ll draw the character(s) of your choice as a bust, full body, etc.

Please email me at srsly.riot@Gmail.com if you are interested.

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ZdoggMD is my medical parody-music idol. And this is his best production ever. WOW.

Benefits of being in the Hospital

Many people are scared of being in a psychiatric hospital and with good reasons. The hospital can be a scary place to be. It can be overwhelming going from regular, everyday life to being a patient. However, there can be benefits to being in such a setting (in most cases).

  • The hospital is a safe place to be

The hospital is a space in which it is very difficult to hurt yourself or others. The staff watch you pretty closely and you are not allowed access to items that could be used to harm yourself or others. Being in the hospital kept me alive and ended my addiction to self harm.

  • The people in the hospital will understand what you’re going through

This applies not only to the staff but also to the patients. Every other patient in the hospital has a mental illness, and they may be able to understand your situation better than your friends outside of the hospital. I found the other patients in the two hospitals I was at to be some of the least judgmental people I have ever met. 

  • The hospital can provide a break from the stresses of everyday life

The hospital can provide time away from any obligations you may have.

  • The hospital can provide a break from the people in your life 

The hospital can provide an often necessary break from your friends and family.