1. There is a rare affliction that strikes a small percentage of
new born's. It is called jejunal atresia and
is also known as short bowel syndrome or short gut. One of the
problems with this disorder is that the child does not get enough
nutrition due to the short length of the intestines and it is
common that their liver deteriorates. A new drug called Omegaven
is experimental in the United States. Omegaven is a variation
of fish oil and is absorbed extremely quickly and helps prevent
the injury to the liver in some patients with short bowel syndrome.
If you know someone who is afflicted with this disorder and could
use information about it then they should visit the web
log of a family with a young daughter with jejunal atresia.
This blog is
The child is named Eleanor Brogan and the parents are Gib and
Abigail Brogan and they live in the Boston area and they are helping
other parents with similarly afflicted children.
2. A favorite poem The linked poem is called "The Calf Path" or "The Cows's Path." I found it on the wall of a building at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center while stationed there several years ago.