16
Feb 12

Poop Strong

 

When I was in high school, one of my closest friends was Sourav Guha, a smart, funny, and cynical kid- much like myself. I remembe his younger brother, Arjit, as an optimistic kid who admired my knowledge of Star Trek, forever cementing my high regard for him.  I’ve been out of high school for almost 20 years, and in the intervening years Arjit went to school, got married, traveled the world, and enrolled in a PhD program. Then, at barely 30 years of age, Arjit was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.

Since that diagnosis, Arjit’s been through an array of operations and chemotherapy, and he will continue to require expensive treatments for the foreseeable future.  His $300K of insurance was consumed within a year, and he now has a short but expensive period of treatment where he’ll be uninsured until August. Until then, he’s looking for some help, and in exchange for making a donation on poopstrong.org,  you can get a beautifully rendered t-shirt of a human colon.

Check out Poop Strong and make a donation- you’ll be helping out a nice guy who deserves to have a long life ahead of him.


15
Nov 10

PAMF is awesome.

For the past couple of months I’ve had this annoying wart on my face that wouldn’t go away.  Being impatient, I went to a for-profit clinic in Mountain View where I was promised quick service and an appointment the next day.  The next day comes, and after waiting an hour for a dermatologist, I got a perfunctory examination, doubt regarding whether or not the bump was a pimple or a wart, and a quick spritz with liquid nitrogen.

This didn’t really help, and I really felt like I was just a cash cow for a business.  Disillusioned, I tried a variety of over the counter remedies, and eventually arrived at the conclusion that I would need to see another professional, lest I inadvertently melt a hole in my face.  I booked an appointment with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation with the plea “I will see any available dermatologist!” and got an appointment for a couple weeks later.  I show up for my appointment and got amazing care- not only did I get an explanation for my skin condition, I was presented with a variety of treatment options as well as the pros and cons of each option.  I got a generous spritz of cryo-juice, a prescription for squaric acid (which apparently tricks your immune system into attacking the wart- cool!) and the ugly bumps are all but gone now. I can now go back to the eyebrow threading salon with my head held high.