In a holding pattern

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon Training, Shortness of Breath, Walking

Update: Race plans are uncertain for the time being. Though I’m doing a little better than a few days ago, I’m apparently not out of the danger zone, as evidenced by the following: This morning I was feeling pretty good and thought I would test the waters by doing a short walk. I walked about […]

The evil candy

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(The Prednisone Molecule) Thanks everyone for checking up on me. I’m fine! ( well,… almost) I’ve been out of the hospital for 5 days now, and while I’m finally breathing better again, the party has just begun. Thankfully, I’m already well into my steroid taper ( the worse part) and hope to be off it […]

I’m a drug addict

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These are just some of my daily asthma medications and the gadgets I use to get them into my body. One of these drugs ( Xolair), costs $1,000.00 per injection. All this keeps me walking…… Related Posts:New asthma drugs in the PipelineEvolving treatment planCo pay assistance for two expensive asthma medicationsA months supplyAsthma Laundry ListA […]

#84

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Exacerbation Recovery, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone)

Wednesday I was discharged from my 84 th incarceration for the crime of asthma. I hadn’t been breathing well for most of last week, and by the time Monday rolled around I just couldn’t tolerate it anymore (even Superman has his limits.) So at 10:30 on Monday night , Douglas convinced me that it was […]

First Xolair Injection

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(this is the actual bottle) Finally, after months of delay , I got my first Xolair injection . 150mg slowly infused under the skin. It’s used to treat the allergic component of my asthma. I get one of these shots every month for ..who knows how long. I’m not expecting any miracles, but if this […]

Asthma Update 12-4-2006

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Last weeks Pulmonary Functions testcompared to Septembers Pulmonary Functions testI know most of my friends and readers aren’t lung specialists , but all the numbers you see in the far right column should read anywhere from 80- 100 . As you can see ,my numbers are a lot lower than that , and have dropped […]

Day 2

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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

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Nebulizer treatments, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone)

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 […]