The Wonderful Side effects of frequent asthma flares

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Asthma treatments, Exacerbation Recovery, Secondary conditions, Steroids ( prednisone)

Think a severe asthma exacerbation only effects your lungs? Check out the photos below. Each photo was taken appx 2-3 weeks after being discharged from the hospital after a serious asthma flare. Dehydrated? Perhaps, but interestingly, most people retain water while on prednisone. The thing about frequent severe asthma exacerbations and frequent use of steroids, […]

Im an A hole when Im sick

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Hospitals, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Severe asthma, Shortness of Breath

Most people will tell you Im one of the sweetest, most caring people you’ll ever meet. But make no mistake, when Im recovering from a bad asthma exacerbation, I can become an obnoxious asshole… I get anxious, I get irritable, I get angry and nasty all at the same time. I snap at everyone and […]

For the 112th time

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Exacerbation Recovery, Hospitals, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, People, Places and Events, Severe asthma, Steroids ( prednisone)

Gee I haven’t written about a good ole hospital admission for quite sometime. Since I just completed my 112th, maybe now’s a good time. The theme for this latest admission is fun with steroid psychosis and why IV fluids should always be monitored closely. The fun begins The trigger to the flare leading up to […]

So,what brings you here?

Posted on 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) […]

104th trip to the slammer for Asthma

Posted on 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 on 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 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 […]

It’s been a rough couple of months

Posted on 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 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 […]

Recovery progress note

Posted on 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 […]