I feel your pain

Posted 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 […]

I still have it !

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon Training, San Francisco, Shortness of Breath, Walking, Wheeze

Whatever IT is, I must still have it, because today I walked 10 miles. And I couldn’t be happier about IT! I think this tune kinda captures the mood for the day. I’m Alive (by ELO) Now, I’m not going to say it was easy, cuz it wasn’t. In fact, it was one of the […]

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 […]

Brief race update.

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Cough, Marathons, Peak Flows, People, Places and Events, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, walking events, Wheeze

Had a great time and a stronger than expected finish at yesterday race. My final race results aren’t in yet due to a technical glitch, but I think I finished in about 3:07 , which is much faster than I anticipated and probably why I’m having problems today. I felt fine immediately after the race, […]

Number 94….a Bad One

Posted 12 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, Respiratory Therapy, Shortness of Breath, Ventilator, Wheeze

…………..As in my 94th hospital admission for asthma. I had been feeling really crumby most of that weekend prior. My dyspnea was increasing and my peak flows were gradually trending downward. By Sunday evening, it was pretty evident that this flare-up was getting worse, not better. I bolused myself with 60mg prednisone and decided I […]

Training to get sick?

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon Training, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, Walking, walking events, Wheeze

Seems to be the new theme around here. Do a long training walk……get sick. ( by sick I mean an asthma exacerbation) Thursday I did the second to the last of my really long training walks for the Boston and Rome marathons (18.1 miles to be exact), and now, a day later, I’m having a […]

A week of experimentation…..and more confused than ever

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Peak Flows, Shortness of Breath, Walking, Wheeze

Since no one seems to know why Ive been getting so sick, so frequently lately , and since there’s a tendency to blame walking as a trigger,  I decided to do a little experimenting to see if I could find a link between taking long walks, and my breathing flare-ups. Last Saturday just 4 days […]

New asthma action plan

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Medications, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, Nebulizer treatments, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

After a record number of admissions to the intensive care unit this year, (5 so far), it was pretty evident that my current asthma action wasn’t working anymore. So, at last weeks pulmonary clinic follow-up visit, we (they) came up with a new asthma action plan that will hopefully reduce that high number of ICU […]

Discouraging

Posted 7 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, Cough, Marathon Training, Nebulizer treatments, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

Felt pretty good for a few days , even racewalked during a research follow up visit ( more about that later), but now I’m starting to slide back . I don’t know if it’s the steroid taper ( I’m still at 40mg) , or if I’m rebounding, or if I starting exercising too soon, but […]

The Yellow zone …in detail.

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

On Saturday I was supposed to do a 10 mile walk along the SF waterfront (one that I’ve done countless times before) , but was too short of breath and was only able to complete 7.5 miles. I probably shouldn’t have even attempted the walk in the first place , as I’d been having problems […]