Paying my own way

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Asthma, asthma advocacy, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Hospitals

After 12 and half years of receiving free healthcare benefits from my partner’s employer, the ridiculously increasing costs to maintain those benefits became unsustainable for the small company, forcing them to ditch the premium plan for a bare bones plan with such high deductibles, that the plan is virtually useless for someone like me. So, […]

Treatment overload

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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 […]

What’s it like to be intubated for asthma?

Posted on 2 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( 34 times as of Nov 2016). I truly hope your asthma never gets to point where you actually need to be intubated for […]

23rd time’s a charm

Posted on 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 11-23-2016, make that a whopping 34 times). That’s gotta be some kind of weird worlds record or something. How is […]

PFTs Du Jour

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in Asthma, Asthma medical tests, COPD, FEV1, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, SARP

For those interested, here are my latest spirometry results from last weeks SARP follow-up visit at UCSF last week. It’s kind of a bad-good-bad then good-good-bad story. Starting with the not so good news… my initial FEV1 was only 28% (.83 liters) this time. That’s down 4 percentage points from last years visit. The good […]

The Wonderful Side effects of frequent asthma flares

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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, […]

Techno-Patient

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The Hospital I go to when my asthma gets really bad, recently upgraded their electronic charting and patient care computer systems. They’re using the EPIC system, which includes a patient portal via the web. It’s pretty cool because things like labs and xray results are made available to patient almost as soon as they’re available […]

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 […]

Self Service

Posted on 9 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma Education, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy, Shortness of Breath

Just one of the advantages of being an asthmatic Respiratory Therapist, though the hospital staff might not be so thrilled. They get a little grouchy when the patients start adjusting ventilator settings 🙂 Now for the serious educational part: The rational for using non -invasive bipap therapy during a severe asthma exacerbations is simply to […]

Breathing Basics —O2 Saturation and Oximeters

Posted on 57 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma Education, Asthma Education, Asthma medical tests, oxygen, Respiratory Therapy

Today’s Breathing Basics review is all about Oxygen Saturation and Oximeters. If you have lung disease of any kind, no doubt you’ve come across the words “Oxygen saturation” or “O2 Sats” , “Pulse-Oximeter”? I use those terms on my blog all the time, but do you really know what they mean ? I suppose you […]

Asthma Breathing Zones

Posted on 18 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Education, Asthma Education, Asthma medical tests, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Yellow Zone

This is the 2nd installment of my “ Breathing, the mini series“. This one is more for the non-asthmatics out there, but I think some of our lung challenged friends might learn a thing or two as well. If you hang around asthmatics or browse as many personal asthma blogs as much as I do, […]