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Mailing My Poop

Adam from ihaveucI hope everyone is doing well this Friday, the first one of November 2011.  Whether you are brand new to IHAVEUC or a longtime follower, I wanted to share an old fashioned poop story.

It has been a little while since I updated everyone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) Clinical Trial that I am a part of right now.  For those of you who are new to the website, or newly diagnosed with UC, I’m Adam, and I run   ALSO, as you hopefully guessed by now, I’ve got ulcerative colitis.  No joke, and I’m quite proud of being able to tell over 100,000 people per year about that IBD deal that runs in my family.

The long story short is that I’m in the middle of a clinical trial, that has been going on for about 9 months now.  It requires me to send poop samples and some pee pee samples back to the good folks at the Rush Medical Center’s Gastroenterology Department every few months.  RUSH Medical Center is running the SCD Clinical Study.  I have sent them a total of 6 poop samples, and three pee samples so far.  I just sent my most recent poop sample(#6) to them yesterday morning, so they are hopefully receiving it today as a nice warm Friday bonus present…

What’s it like pooping in a plastic tub, sticking your poop with straws, and getting it all into an airtight bag.  And then putting that bag into another bag and eventually into a box.  And then putting it all in the FedEX bag and rushing it down to the good people from FedEX who have no idea they are tossing around my poop? 

It is still quite odd waking up in the morning like I did yesterday, and instead of taking the normal morning grump(grump is my code word bet

sending poop in the mail

outside the FedEx shop in Berkeley, CA

ween my wife and I for taking a big crap), going looking for the clinical trial gear to get ready for another mail poop morning.  But, one thing is for certain, walking down the street with your poop in a nice FedEx bag all labeled up for overnight delivery is pretty neat.  And then knowing that some medical student who you’ve

never met your whole life is going to be so happy to see the package arrive just one day later.  Wait a minute, we’re not even at the best part yet…somehow MY CRAP is possibly going to advance the knowledge on how this whole Ulcerative Colitis disease manifests and gets out of control.


Pretty cool if you asked me.  I don’t have any news for anybody in terms of early results from the study.  It turns out that the data usually takes much much longer to calculate and process compared to actually receiving the poop samples.  I guess taking the poop is the easy part of a clinical study.  And I’d have to agree, it really wasn’t that much work pooping it out yesterday. 

I’ll keep you all posted when the SCD Clinical Study results come in.  And if you’re still wondering what the warm present is, well…I’m hoping that via some warm poops, science will ultimately be able to figure out why the heck this SCD diet works for some people who have Ulcerative Colitis.

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Have a great weekend and we’ll yap soon, Adam


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