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 […]

12 month Update

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma and travel, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Dyspnea, Nebulizer treatments, Severe asthma, Shortness of Breath

It’s almost 2013 and I just realized I really haven’t posted a breathing status update in almost a year. Probably the biggest change that I’m noticing, is that my dyspnea is getting more pronounced and more constant. Where I used get 8 or so “good” breathing hours a day, I’m down now to less than […]

Do you know when it’s time to go in?

Posted on 34 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma care plan, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Severe asthma, Shortness of Breath

The idea for this post came to me during the middle a recent severe exacerbation. Actually, it was the same exacerbation that put me in the hospital for 12 days, for which I am still recovering. Foremost on my mind during an asthma excerbation is the question….how bad will it get? Is this flare going […]

Bloated

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, COPD, Diet, Health & Nutrition, Other medical problems, Other medical tests, Shortness of Breath

Everyone experiences a little indigestion and bloating from time to time. Did you know that it’s very common for people with chronic lung disease to experience frequent abdominal bloating? What’s not so normal however, is to actually become so distended that it impairs your ability to breath effectively, but that’s what was happening to me. […]

Trapped in the yellow zone

Posted on 10 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, FEV1, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), Yellow Zone

We all know what it’s like to be in asthma purgatory for a few days or maybe even a few weeks, but for 2 months? Geeze, cut me some slack would ya! Seriously, except for a string of 6 days in the middle October when I still on high doses of pred, Ive been in […]

No Cowbells for Stephen

Posted on 14 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Intubation, Marathon Training, Marathons, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Shortness of Breath, training progress, Walking, walking events

You train hard and wait months in anticipation to accomplish a goal you’ve been aiming for, and then BAM! ….in a matter of hours, a severe

Running on empty

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness/Training Update, Italian Language, Peak Flows, People, Places and Events, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), training progress, Walking, Yellow Zone

I actually had something else prepared for this weeks post, but since there’s a good chance I’ll be heading to the slammer shortly, I thought Id do a quick update on what’s been happening. If you’ve been watching my sidebar lately you probably noticed that my numbers have been all over the place. Ive been […]

Double Whammy Asthma

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Dyspnea, lung anatomy, Lung physiology, pulmonary fibrosis, Shortness of Breath

I often find it frustrating that here I am, a life long asthmatic, a Respiratory therapist and an asthma educator, yet still unable in normal conversation, to describe what makes my type of asthma so different from others. When asked to define asthma in general, I usually give the spiel about how asthma is an […]