So,what brings you here?

Posted 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) […]

Buried Alive

Posted 23 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Intubation, intubation, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Severe asthma

The photo is from the movie “Awake”, but what happened to me last September was not fiction.. It was the real deal! Back on Sept 20th of 2010, I was admitted to the hospital for a severe asthma exacerbation(so what else is new). About 8 hours into the exacerbation, my breathing took a turn for […]

Do you know when it’s time to go in?

Posted 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 […]

104th trip to the slammer for Asthma

Posted 12 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, intubation, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Severe asthma, Ventilator

Greetings from the 14th floor isolation room a top the Moffitt building at UCSF medical center in San Francisco. Your guest host for tonight’s show is..well, me of course. I’ll be discussing how much fun it is being a patient in the hospital with severe asthma. Just happy to be alive, I was hoping to […]

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 […]

Trapped in the yellow zone

Posted 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 […]

It’s been a rough couple of months

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, blogging, Boston Marathon, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Marathons, Recovering from severe asthma attack

October has traditionally been a bad month for my asthma (and I’m sure I’m not alone on that), but this is the first time Ive been sick for most of September as well. No doubt about it… this has been a humdinger of a flare. Ive been out of the hospital for an entire month […]

No Cowbells for Stephen

Posted 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 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 […]

Asthma guilt trip

Posted 30 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Childhood Memories, People, Places and Events

How many times have you had a really bad asthma flare, but had serious trepidations about going to the emergency room for treatment? How many times have you felt guilty that maybe you weren’t sick enough to be admitted to the hospital? Well, that’s pretty much been the case for me for as long as […]

Hospital survival Kit, don’t leave home without it.

Posted 18 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma care plan, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Funny asthma stuff, Medical History

This is what I call my Hospital survival kit. Always packed and on standby 24/7, my HSK is a small carry bag I keep in my bedroom, that’s filled with everything I might need for a hospital stay. If (or when) I get sick and have to go to the hospital, all I have to […]