ICU angels

This is a generic notebook that they give ICU patients at the hospital I go to when my asthma gets really bad. With it, they encourage patients and their families to keep a sort of diary, which often times can help in with the persons recovery. I have a stack of them at home. Well […]

Sticker shock

I post my personal hospital bills from time to time to show how incredibly expensive an asthma exacerbation in the San Francisco day area can be, but this one takes the cake. At first glance $56,000 may seem like a drop in the bucket compared to some of my other hospital bills. That is, until […]

A common cold with not so common asthma

Didn’t I just blog about my 133rd hospitalization for asthma? Well make that 134 now. This is getting F’ing ridiculous. This latest flare wasn’t triggered by some massive chest infection or the flu, but by a simple cold….aka Rhinovirus. Id been feeling pretty decent in recent weeks, but just like millions of other people during […]

My 133rd hospitalization for asthma

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 […]

No transplant for me, but that’s OK.

If you’ve been following my medical journey, you might recall that last summer I began the evaluation process for lung transplant at UCSF medical center. The conclusion of that evaluation came 6 months later in Dec 2016. At that time I was deemed a suitable candidate for transplant, but that my listing with UNOS would […]

Prelude to an asthma flare

So my asthma is acting up again and I feel like I have the proverbial elephant sitting on my chest. I say my asthma is acting up, but in actuality it’s always acting up. So I guess what I really mean is that my symptoms are ramping up from my norm, getting more intense by […]

2 years, 2 million dollars

Need proof of just how expensive asthma can be? These are my hospital bills for the last two years, coming in at just over 2.1 million and change. 2016 2015 Related Posts:A common cold with not so common asthma104th trip to the slammer for AsthmaThe Recovery phases of a severe asthma exacerbationNumber 96 Number 95My […]

Dupilumab

3 and half years ago I wrote about the exciting news regarding a game changing drug called Dupilumab. Dr Wenzel and others believed that this drug was going to revolutionize the way certain forms of severe asthma are treated. Well, very soon now I’ll get to try it out myself! This past week I received […]

In other news

And despite all the medical appointments, I still managed to learn a dozen new tunes. Related Posts:104th trip to the slammer for AsthmaNumber 94….a Bad OneMy 133rd hospitalization for asthma23rd time’s a charmNumber 96 Nice try asthma, but I’m still here.

Paying my own way

After 12 and half years of receiving free healthcare benefits from my partner’s employer, the ridiculously increasing costs to maintain those benefits became unsustainable for the small company, forcing them to ditch the premium plan for a bare bones plan with such high deductibles, that the plan is virtually useless for someone like me. So, […]

Did you bring a note ?

Back in the old days when you got sick and ended up in the hospital, it was probably because your primary care doctor put you there. Boy, have times changed. Nowadays you have one set of doctors who see you in the clinic when you’re doing well, another set of doctors who see you if […]

No matter how well I take care of myself

Not sure what’s going on. Since 2003 when my asthma started to get really bad, it was for the most part, relatively stable and the symptoms tolerable for several months at a time. Even the exacerbations, while still very severe on occasion, were somewhat predictable. Likewise, my lung function, specifically my FEV1 and FVC, though […]

ICU delirium got a hold on me

If you’ve suffered from asthma for any length of time and/or have been hospitalized for it, no doubt you’ve experienced some of the not so pleasant side effects of corticosteroids, or possible psychosis from being in the intensive care unit for any length of time. Being in and out of the hospital and on steroids […]