However, I didn’t apply that mindset on a sunny afternoon in my own backyard.
It started as just another Saturday in the central valley of California.
It is a population-based study where 388 subjects who were within 7 years of diagnosis of their IBD were enrolled.
My first act of the day was to completely clean it, both inside and out.
I lit it to make sure the gas line was working as advertised.
The participating persons have been followed annually with in-person interviews and with semi-annual mail-in surveys.
The study was initiated to be a 5 year study and remarkably by the end of 5 years 353 persons were still participating (a loss of 1.8%/year).