Day 3

There will be no “Day 4” . Starting tomorrow , healing and walking will take the place of self pity. Today I tested the waters to see just how damaged my body was. I managed to squeak out 1.5 miles, but man O’ man…was it hard. It can only get easier now, right? Related Posts:Im […]

Day 2

48 hours out of the joint and the prednisone withdrawal process is in full swing.Instead of starting my day at 6:30 am , it now starts at 3:30 am. This sleepless pattern usually lasts a week or two depending on the steroid dosage at the time of discharge from the hospital. This is the part […]

Just another week in the life of a hardcore asthmatic

I usually don’t post about my hospital experiences because its not a subject I like to re-live. Its an unwanted , terrifying , but necessary part of my life. When it happens , I just try to get through it and then I try to blank it out . Its the only way I know […]

Its been fun ,but I really need to go now

( Ive been here a week…get me outta here!) (Ouch!) Related Posts:Prelude to an asthma flareNo matter how well I take care of myselfDo you know when it’s time to go in?104th trip to the slammer for AsthmaThe Recovery phases of a severe asthma exacerbationOut of commission

Survived number 82

I Was discharged from the joint today, thankfully in one piece , and I just wanted to say to everyone……… THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! for all the kind words and letters. The out pouring of affection and support from my friends has been overwhelming. My body is totally wiped out from all the […]

In the Hospital

Early this morning, Steve was admitted to the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco for a severe asthma exacerbation. He is in serious but stable condition. He wanted me to tell his friends and visitors that he will be back out there racewalking again before you know it. Related Posts:A common cold with […]

The red zone

Yesterday I was in the green and walked 6 miles. Today I’m tittering on the red and I’m unable to do much of anything . I usually don’t post when I’m in the red zone because even typing is a chore , but I wanted to document just how fast things can change when you […]

1st post – hospitalization walk……….if you can call it that

Did my first post hospitalization walk today. Boy…….that was a mistake! Right from the git go , things didn’t feel right. I knew I would have a hard time with this walk but didn’t realize just how much. First of all I wouldn’t feel my legs so , proper walking technique went right out the […]

Battle Scars……Electrode Gum

Can anyone out there relate to this? You’ve been home from the hospital for a few days now, and you still can’t get all that electrode gum off your chest? It’s like a black rubber glue that won’t wash off. You have to literally peel or rub it off your skin! Ive been home for […]

Bouncing Back from Hell

Well its Christmas day and I’m down to 30 mg of prednisone. With any luck I’ll be off this stuff within a week. The last 10 mgs are always the toughest to shake.Last week I thought I was finally going to die, today I’m looking forward to doing the Kaiser Marathon ,which is only 6 […]

81st Hospitalization

See….I was right! Just got out of prison last night, after a 5 day stay. This time I avoided any serious complications but, would just as soon have preferred to been put out of my misery with an endotracheal tube rather than endure the nearly 90 hours of monitored suffocation. It takes a lot out […]

Autumn Lungs

Generally speaking, seasonal changes are tough for asthmatics, probably due to atmospheric changes such as temperature, humidity and barometric pressure. October/November have always been bad months for me as far as breathing goes. For as long as I can remember, Ive been hospitalized every year in the months of October or November. This will be […]