these nights never seem to go to plan

i woke up with ketones and i’m feeling pretty shit-tastic. right now. every keyboard button i press takes a little more effort every stroke requires a deliberate action nothing comes natural except to sit, uncomfortably, and stare at the television while i pretend to pay attention. this is only moderate, it has been worse. it […]

ground control to major tom

ever come face to face with someone harboring a radically different perspective on diabetes? one that doesn’t jive with yours? one that you wish you didn’t still hear? one that takes just a little something from you? one that hurts your heart and reminds you of how much work there is still to do? ever […]

and everything he sees is blue

big blue test time is one of my favorite times of the year. an external reason to get my blood pumping and exercise. today, i submitted two big blue tests and it wasn’t as challenging as i thought it would be. it wasn’t as grueling as i imagined. in fact, it felt really…good. today i […]

and, oh, what a change there’d be

so you have heard of medicine x, the conference at stanford university that truly integrates patient voice and perspective, the conference that trends on twitter because the online component is exponential and maybe you have thought about applying maybe you decided not to because you aren’t sure you have something unique to contribute maybe you […]

the crystal ship is being filled

on day 0 of medicine x, i, along with other epatients, attended and participated in a special event called “partnering for health” sponsored by eli lilly and company. the day revolved around clinical trials. hearing from the patients who may take part in said trials was the goal of the day. eli lilly wanted us […]

sun, sun, sun, here it comes

in the wake of the great and powerful stanford medicine x conference, i want to share with you a recent trip i took. it all started in the bar where i tend. i’m doing my thing at sleepy dog brewery, pouring and delivering beers, when a woman walks in. erica. she has been in before, […]

something only we know

welcome to medicine x. you, sit in a room filled with powerful, strong headed people living with life circumstances you really can only begin to imagine and you listen. you try and be a sponge while also lending hugs and handshakes, you might meet the same person five times. load up your twitter, tweetdeck, tweetchat, […]

and so it is the shorter story

he shared a parable. as it goes… there is a flood firefighters rushing door to door to help people to safety knock knock and a man answers, his family behind him. “hurry up” begs the fireman, “no, our god will save us” replies the man. the waters rise, and the man and his family climb […]

i’m gonna show you what i’m made of

last night was magnanimous; built of epic proportions. i moseyed to work at sleepy dog brewery in tempe, AZ, ready for a good night of pouring beer and laughing it up. often on thursday evenings, a talented artist named ian plays for us. last night, he announced the night to include open mic. open mic. […]