No matter how well I take care of myself

Posted 8 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Intubation, Severe asthma, Ventilator

Not sure what’s going on. Since 2003 when my asthma started to get really bad, it was for the most part, relatively stable and the symptoms tolerable for several months at a time. Even the exacerbations, while still very severe on occasion, were somewhat predictable. Likewise, my lung function, specifically my FEV1 and FVC, though […]

ICU delirium got a hold on me

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma hospitalization, Bipap, Dyspnea, Intubation, intubation, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), Ventilator

If you’ve suffered from asthma for any length of time and/or have been hospitalized for it, no doubt you’ve experienced some of the not so pleasant side effects of corticosteroids, or possible psychosis from being in the intensive care unit for any length of time. Being in and out of the hospital and on steroids […]

What’s it like to be intubated for asthma?

Posted 15 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Hospitals, Intubation, Ventilator

The search term “Intubation” comes up fairly often on my blog’s traffic logs, so I thought I take a moment to write about it. Heaven knows I’ve had my share of them(38 times as of Oct 2017). I truly hope your asthma never gets to point where you actually need to be intubated for it, […]

23rd time’s a charm

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Bipap, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, Shortness of Breath

No..not as in hospitalizations ( I’ve lost count of those,) I’m talking about my 23rd endotracheal intubation with mechanical ventilation for respiratory failure. You heard that right, Ive been intubated 23 times now! (as of 3-17-2017, make that 35 times). That’s gotta be some kind of weird worlds record or something. How is this even […]

The wonderful side effects of frequent asthma flares

Posted 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, […]

The impatient patient

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Intubation, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Portland Marathon, Steroids ( prednisone), Ventilator

Oh goody, another post about asthma exacerbation recovery. After being discharged from the hospital only 3 days ago, it’s probably a little early to be writing about this topic again, but something is definitely different this time around. The recovery seems excruciatingly slow( gee, where have I heard that before?). In my mind I should […]

Are ER Asthma Treatment Protocols changing?

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Doctor appointments, Hospitals, Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy

Is it just me or are things changing? Being a frequently flyer in the ER asthma world, Ive noticed more and more changes over the years in the ER treatment protocols for acute asthma flares. Most notably are the changes in dosage and frequency of administering steroids and certain bronchodilators. When it comes to IV […]

Not just Asthma, Severe Asthma!

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma phenotypes, Intubation, Severe asthma

Not to downplay the heartache and suffering that people with milder forms of asthma have to sometimes contend with; obviously it’s a big deal when you can’t breath, but the healthcare establishment needs to stop lumping all asthmatics together under the same general heading of “asthma”.This is a problem because severe asthma is not the […]