Blood and you (and Rush Limbaugh)

Earlier today I was speaking with a cousin, who told me how important my blog can be.

“Eh, important?” I said. “How?”

She explained that people are often embarrassed or afraid or intimidated to discuss personal issues, such as health anxiety or bloody poops. “You’re not,” she said. “That can help people.”

Along those lines, I want to be blunt.

As I noted in an earlier post, two days ago I was told that I either have Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis. The reason this was diagnosed is simple—I was excreting blood, and I got nervous. So I went to a doctor. And had a colonoscopy. It wasn’t pleasurable, but it was, I believe, important.

Point is, bodies don’t always work smoothly. In fact, they often don’t work smoothly. It’s important to check these things out; to make certain; to lift the hood. Is it fun? No. Disconcerting? Yes. But also very worthwhile.

One other thing. I loathe Rush Limbaugh. I understand entertainment, and saying outrageous things. But there’s a line to be crossed, and calling a college student a “slut” for using birth control crosses that—times 1,000. The radio station cowards (the same people who banned Dixie Chick songs after they spoke out against GWB) won’t do a damn thing, but they should. Limbaugh once got fired for suggesting Donovan McNabb was overrated because of his race—and this is significantly worse.

4 thoughts on “Blood and you (and Rush Limbaugh)”

  1. I have to agree Jeff.

    I went through something similar recently, and avoided it for as long as I could (the avoidance being my own personal diagnosis of “stupid man disease”). I shared the same symptoms, but fortunately my diagnosis was more positive and I won’t have to repeat the procedure until I’m 50 (I’m in my early 30s now). I had also had a couple moles removed and tested for melanoma at around the same time. Between that, and the colonoscopy, I had enough cancer scares for a lifetime (I hope). Point is, we all have different reasons for doing or avoiding things, but to me, it boiled down to my daughter, and wanting to be sure I took care of myself to be able to take care of her. If your candid posts help even one person seek medical help, it’s worth it.

    Best regards,


  2. President Obama called the lady to offer his condolences. I wonder if he called Governor Palin when million dollar contributor Bill Maher called her a cunt? Maybe, but I doubt it.

  3. As I understand it there were two issues that were brought up on the BC issue.
    I could be wrong here and apologize if I am.
    The Birth control pills that weren’t covered are often prescribed for other medical issues. So if there was something wrong, a woman might be prescribed the pills to cure an ailment.
    Because the pills are generally considered as a birth control method the pills were not covered in the insurance.
    The other issue, is the unfairness of the policy. Staff members and employees of the school were permitted to get the pills on their insurance but the students weren’t.
    Again I might be wrong on this, and my second point seems odd to me. My daughter is a student at the University of Oregon. The University doesn’t supply her medical insurance, but she is covered under my ex’s insurance, (cheaper than if I put her under mine).

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