Chronic Style

A blog about living stylishly with a few chronic illnesses.


“By fostering simple innovations through design thinking in hospitals, we can tackle many challenges in the hospital in new ways, saving both dollars and lives.”

As a designer and professional patient, I couldn’t be more thrilled to read this piece by Dr. Amitha Kalaichandran, a Toronto-based pediatrician. Dr. Kalaichandran illustrates several examples of design thinking being successfully used in various hospital settings from a patient’s pain level assessment to trauma teams in emergency rooms. Check out the full piece here.

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It ironically took a colonoscopy for me to find some time to stop what I was doing and write — so hello from the Saturday after my Friday colonoscopy. I am 5 pounds lighter and a bit slow today, but feeling a-okay about the world since I am not drinking a 32oz Big Gulp of MoviPrep (bleh!) or wearing hospital socks. I’ve actually found the time to pay bills, write a few thank you’s and watch several episodes of The Good Wife while my husband takes good care of me and our sweet, crazy toddler.

With all of that in mind, I thought I’d share an awesome collection of TED videos about the importance of slowing down, something I do not often do. One of my favorites — if you cannot slow down long enough to watch many of them — is by Paolo Cardini who makes a strong case for “monotasking.” It’s fantastic.

Bon week-end!

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Amongst my top five least favorite things that people often say to me is this statement (or something similar to it): “You can eat that? My friend with Crohn’s can’t eat/drink that.” It makes me mad just thinking about it and is, in my mind, akin to asking someone who cannot eat shellfish why other humans can eat shellfish. Perhaps this is why I love this piece by David Obuchowski so much.

David is a touring musician with a severe case of Crohn’s disease — and he loves craft beer…a lot. Check out his piece on Drunkspin’s The Concourse. Lots to learn about beer here, which I for one, love.

Image by Sam Woolley.

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