Wednesday, February 12, 2014


It's been a good long while since I posted anything of substance on this blog.  I think I counted 5 or something since I started medical school.  That's probably a good thing because I probably would've gotten into trouble with HIPAA for writing about crazy patient experiences.

The real reason I took a break is that we started a new blog ( to chronicle our adventures with cystinosis after Sam was diagnosed.  It was really helpful for us to write about our experiences to process everything, and over time the blog morphed into your typical "here's what our kids are up to" kind of blog.  I think we feel like that blog has served its purpose, and our postings have become more and more sparse.  After seeing some weird trafficking sources and pictures of our children on creepy European websites, we have decided to make that blog private.  We definitely want to preserve the stories, photos and movies from the last four years, and we may add to it from time to time.

Lately I've been feeling the need to have an outlet where I can write about things that aren't necessarily directly related to my kids, so I figured it was time to revive the Elephant Gun.  It could be fairly short-lived given that I will be starting residency training the end of June, but we'll see.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

top ten albums 2012

10.  Cat Power: Sun

9. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes: Here

8. Grizzly Bear: Shields

7. Sigur Ros: Valtari

6. Bowerbirds: The Clearing

5. The Lumineers

4. The Raveonettes: Observator

3. Of Monsters and Men

2. Beach House: Bloom

1. The Shins: Port of Morrow

Honorable mention: Dr. Dog: Be the Void, Andrew Bird: Break it Yourself, Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Magellan, Kishi Bashi 151a

Guilty Pleasure: Now, Now: Threads

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011


Sunday, May 15, 2011

True Love

I just finished my first year of medical school. Our last quarter was called Host and Defense and covered microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases. It was probably my favorite block so far because now I can watch House and guess the ending.

The coolest parasite I read about is the schistosome, which causes schistosomiasis. The worms penetrate your skin, travel through your bloodstream, and a guy worm and a girl worm get together in the portal vein and mate. This is not a transitory love hug, though. They remain in the copulatory embrace for the rest of their lives. Isn't that bizarre?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


We have a new blog for Sam. Check it out.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Throw Up


Saturday, June 5, 2010