Advance Health Care Directive

The events of recent weeks has made me think really hard about just how long I want to continue this fight and under what conditions. With 135 hospitalizations under my belt, including dozens of near-fatal exacerbations and a declining quality of life, I find myself asking the question more and more….When is enough, enough? I […]

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 […]

Macrolide therapy

This past week I started on yet another experimental therapy. This time it’s long- term Macrolide therapy using Azithromycin. As an add-on therapy, recent studies indicate that the long term use of macrolides can help decrease asthma symptoms, including wheezing and shortness of breath. I’ll will be starting with 250 mgs of Azithromycin every other […]

#131

I haven’t written about an asthma hospitalization since my 104th admission back in May of 2011, which by my calculations makes a total of 27 more severe exacerbations requiring hospitalization in just a 6 year period. That’s just plain crazy, which is why Im writing about this topic again. So here goes #131 This particular […]

Aerogen Nebulizer Gets an A+

Last week I was in the hospital again for my asthma resulting in yet another intubation. As sometimes happens, a few hours after coming off the ventilator I began to tire out and get tight again. The re-started interval neb treatments weren’t cutting it anymore, so they decided to put me back on continuous nebs. […]

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 […]

Bipap trial

It’s too soon to tell if it’s helping, but 4 weeks ago I started on a trial of home Bipap. Essentially Im sleeping hooked up to a non -invasive ventilator. I’ve been using a full face mask which Im gradually getting used to. Right now I’m averaging about 4- 5 hours per night on the […]

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.

Nebbing Stations

Im sure my neb dependent friends would agree, that with nebulizer treatments being notorious time killers, incorporating some organization and convenience into the mix makes life just a little easier. For me this means neb stations in strategic locations throughout my house and in my vehicles. I even have a stand-by unit just for travel. […]

New asthma drugs in the Pipeline

While doing some research and advocating for myself in hopes of obtaining the anti-IL drug, Dupilumab (on a compassionate use basis), I discovered that there are several other biologics in this new generation of targeted asthma therapy drugs that are in various stages of development. Here’s a list of some of the new biologics coming […]

Treatment overload

Yes, another update about treatment options. Things seem to be changing at a lightening pace now and it’s making my head explode. Too much for an over-thinker like me to think about. Gotta slow down and literally catch my breath. So my 3rd hospitalization and 5th intubation in just the first 4 months of this […]

Evolving treatment plan

Things seems to be changing by the day. As of March 24th 2016, the latest plan is to put me back on Xolair until I can either obtain the biologic drug, Dupilumab, or until lung transplant becomes the only option left to extend my life. Sanofi/Regeneron, the makers of Dupilumab, need to get FDA permission […]