I’m blessed

Posted 17 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Exacerbation Recovery, Fan mail, Friends/Bloggers, Inspiration, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Sally Wenzel

You know what? I might be cursed with crappy lungs, but I sure seem to be blessed with some cool and caring friends. Case in point: After spending a pretty ugly night in the local ER, I woke up the next day to find a bunch of Facebook alerts on my phone. My talented friend […]

Recovery progress note

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Boston Marathon, Exacerbation Recovery, Sally Wenzel, Shortness of Breath

So after each bad asthma exacerbation or flare-up, I feel compelled to write something about the recovery phase that follows. You would think that after going through this process more than a hundred times, that I would get use to it. You learn to deal with it a little better, but you never get used […]

Hospital stay #97

Posted 27 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Bipap, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Respiratory Therapy, Sally Wenzel, Shortness of Breath, Ventilator, Wheeze

Battle scars: 4 failed arterial line attempts and 12 failed IV attempts. I have no veins left and my radial arteries are so scarred up from previous insertions, that it’s virtually impossible to get access unless they put a central line in. Very frustrating for the doctors and very painful for me. I’d been having […]

Questions for Sally

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Other Lung diseases, Other medical problems, People, Places and Events, pulmonary fibrosis, Pulmonary function tests, Sally Wenzel, SARP

Last week after finding out just how damaged my lungs really are, the only thing going through my head was..WHY? All of the assumptions I had made about my asthma throughout the years, suddenly didn’t seem to make sense anymore. I was beginning to wonder if I really ever had asthma at all? Maybe I┬ájust […]

Closing the loop on Asthma–Sally Wenzel

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Asthma, Asthma research, Inspiration, People, Places and Events, Sally Wenzel, SARP

Found this interesting and informative article about Dr Sally Wenzel, and why she decided to get involved in severe asthma research. It gets a little technical in the middle , but well worth the read. The more I hear about this amazing women and all of her contributions to the study of this disease, the […]