133rd hospitalization for asthma and 1st one for Bronchiolitis Obliterans

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Bipap, Bronchiolitis Obliterans, Intubation, Other medical problems, Secondary conditions, Severe asthma, Ventilator

My 133rd hospitalization occurred on 10-9-2017. The trigger wasn’t the usual environmental allergies or resp infection, this time it was smoke from wildfires that have been devastating portions of northern California the past couple weeks. I woke that morning (4am) to a house full of smoke . It was so bad, we had to put […]

You’re worthy

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What is it with chronic severe asthma, self esteem, self doubt or self worthiness? Why do we tend to hide or downplay our disease or the severity of our symptoms? Why do we delay seeking emergency medical care when it’s so obviously indicated? I can’t tell you how many people write to me in the […]

Azithromycin therapy

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Medications, Asthma treatments

This past week I started on yet another experimental therapy. This time it’s a long term antibiotic regimen with Azithromycin. As an add-on therapy, recent studies indicate that the long term use of macrolides can help decrease asthma symptoms, including wheezing and shortness of breath. I’ll will be starting with 250 mgs of Azithromycin every […]

Flavor of the month

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My asthma and the various sub-labels used to describe it seems to change day by day. First it was ACOS ( Asthma COPD overlap Syndrome), but because of it’s broad description it seems to be loosing favor with my doctors. One of my Pulmonologists even calls my asthma “Steve Gaudet Asthma” because to him it […]

Asthma T&A

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Tired and Angry at Asthma, I’m tired of being stoic and putting up a strong happy front, when on the inside I’m screaming. I’m angry because I have a type of asthma that is uncontrollable and not well understood. I’m tired of feeling like a fish out of water all the time. I’m angry that […]

Never trust asthma

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Never let your guard down or be fooled into thinking that you have that this disease under total control. No matter how long you’ve been symptom free or at your baseline, asthma can lurk in the shadows for months, years, even decades. Then WHAM, just when you think the tables have turned and you got […]

Sally doing her thing

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, asthma advocacy, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, asthma phenotypes, Asthma research, People, Places and Events, Sally Wenzel

Im referring to Dr Sally Wenzel of course. I never get tired of listening to her speak and educating others on the subject of asthma, particularly severe asthma. So here’s a full hour of Sally goodness! The audience in the video are physicians, but even if you’re not a medical person, if you’ve lived with […]