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 […]

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

Hospital stay #97

Posted 27 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Bipap, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Respiratory Therapy, Sally Wenzel, Shortness of Breath, Ventilator, Wheeze

Battle scars: 4 failed arterial line attempts and 12 failed IV attempts. I have no veins left and my radial arteries are so scarred up from previous insertions, that it’s virtually impossible to get access unless they put a central line in. Very frustrating for the doctors and very painful for me. I’d been having […]

Newly discovered horror pictures

Posted 8 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Funny asthma stuff, Intubation, Ventilator

Just in time for Halloween! Some newly discovered horror show pictures. Last week while I was clearing out my cell phone, I stumbled upon these eerie photos that my partner Douglas must have taken when I was in the hospital this past June. If you recall, I was intubated for an asthma exacerbation, but had […]

Number 94….a Bad One

Posted 12 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, Respiratory Therapy, Shortness of Breath, Ventilator, Wheeze

…………..As in my 94th hospital admission for asthma. I had been feeling really crumby most of that weekend prior. My dyspnea was increasing and my peak flows were gradually trending downward. By Sunday evening, it was pretty evident that this flare-up was getting worse, not better. I bolused myself with 60mg prednisone and decided I […]

That’s a lot of ABGs

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma medical tests, Intubation, Other medical tests, Respiratory Therapy

Can you believe I’ve had 118 arterial blood gases radial artery. If that were the case , my wrist would have fallen off by now. Some of those samples actually came from arterial catheters that were placed in my artery during different hospitalizations. I estimate that about 50 of the 118 ABG samples sent to […]