Don’t forget the upper body!

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma Education, COPD, Exercise&Fitness, Lifestyle changes, lung disease and exercise, pre lung transplant, Shortness of Breath, Walking

If you’ve spent much time reading my blog, you’ve probably figured out that Im a huge promoter of daily exercise for people with lung disease. My favorite fitness activity of course, is distance walking. Aerobic exercise such as walking, uses large muscle groups to move at a steady, rhythmic pace. It’s an excellent way to […]

I feel your pain

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, asthma advocacy, Asthma Support Group, blogging, COPD Awareness, Dyspnea, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

Feeling like shit right now? Is your asthma, COPD or other breathing disorder flaring up or bothering you more than usual? Were you searching the web for asthma related stuff as a way to cope with your own crappy breathing? Is that how you reached my blog? Well I can tell you that you’re not […]

UMPC Asthma Support Group

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, asthma advocacy, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma Support Group, Questions and Answers, Sally Wenzel, SARP, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute

Starting this month and every month going forward, I’ll be posting the minutes from the UMPC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) Severe Asthma Support Group conference calls. The calls are sponsored by the Asthma Institute at UMPC and moderated by Dr Sally Wenzel Pulmonologist and Deborah A. Gillman PhD, Clinical Psychologist. If you have difficult […]

Asthma Phenotypes

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, asthma phenotypes, Sally Wenzel, SARP, Severe asthma

Physician researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC are now using molecular and genetic information to identify asthma phenotypes and customize therapies in order to improve patient outcomes. If you have asthma and would like to contribute to this on going research, please consider volunteering for

Tour De Badass YVR

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, asthma advocacy, Asthma and travel, asthma awareness, Asthma blogs, Exercise&Fitness, Friends/Bloggers, guest post, People, Places and Events, travel

“Badassmatic (adj.): Person with asthma better defined by badassery. Possesses insatiable desire for growth, change and adventure.“ ( Brought to you courtesy of Kerri Mac Kay) (Part 1 of 8 clips) ***For more Badass adventures check out last years trip to Churchill *** Related Posts: Guest Post by Kerri My new Aeroneb GoNo transplant for […]

24 Hours in the life of an Asthmatic

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, asthma advocacy, asthma awareness, Asthma blogs, Asthma Medications, blogging, Exercise&Fitness, Friends/Bloggers, guest post, Lifestyle changes, lung disease and exercise, Peak Flows, Walking

Check out Kerri’s vlog post and follow us through a typical day living with asthma. Related Posts:2 years, 2 million dollarsBut you look so healthyTreatment overloadExercise like your life depends on itAsthma Phenotypes Guest Post by Kerri

How to run like a severe asthmatic, by Bill Swan

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, asthma advocacy, asthma awareness, Asthma blogs, Exercise&Fitness, Friends/Bloggers, guest post, Inspiration, lung disease and exercise, People, Places and Events

Saw this blog post by Bill Swan and liked it so much I just had to re-post it here. Bill provides us with a step by step instruction guide on how to run like a severe asthmatic. ( I think the photo says it all, don’t you?) Read more about Bill on his blog at […]

Self Service

Posted on 9 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma Education, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy, Shortness of Breath

Just one of the advantages of being an asthmatic Respiratory Therapist, though the hospital staff might not be so thrilled. They get a little grouchy when the patients start adjusting ventilator settings 🙂 Now for the serious educational part: The rational for using non -invasive bipap therapy during a severe asthma exacerbations is simply to […]

So,what brings you here?

Posted on 8 CommentsPosted in asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Exacerbation Recovery, Hospital bills, Questions and Answers

Over the years Ive built up a pretty loyal following of friends who are interested in what Ive been up to and how I’m doing health wise , but the bulk of visitors to this blog still get here while searching for answers to asthma related questions or topics. The following (in order of popularity) […]

Lunch with Sally

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma research, People, Places and Events, Sally Wenzel, SARP

Had the great fortune of having lunch last week with one of my most favorite people in the whole world. Dr Wenzel was in town for the annual AAAAI convention in San Francisco and managed to squeeze in some private time with me in between her busy presentation schedule. Although we keep in close contact […]

A Cookbook for Asthmatics!

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Education, Asthma Medications, Friends/Bloggers, People, Places and Events, Steroids ( prednisone)

Friend, Award-winning Chef , severe asthmatic and fellow SARP alumnus, Sheila Brillhard, wrote me the other day to tell me about her new cookbook . She created it for people who have to take prednisone for their asthma or other medical conditions. What a cleaver idea! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how […]