Moving right along……

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, Lung Transplant, pre lung transplant, Pulmonary function tests, Severe asthma

It’s been a very busy month indeed. When they say a lung transplant evaluation is thorough and exhausting, they’re not kidding. Every time I think Ive completed all the required tests, the transplant coordinator calls to say I still have more to do. In addition, some of these test have to be repeated every few […]

Can smart peak flow meters help prevent asthma attacks?

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, FEV1, Gadgets, Peak Flows

As a person with life long chronic asthma, my exacerbations usually develop slowly, sometimes over several days affording me enough time to take some type of pre-preemptive measure. But last week I experienced an acute asthma attack that came on instantly and out of nowhere. At the time, we were in the sleepy little town […]

PFTs Du Jour

Posted 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 […]

Self Observations: FEV1 and Breathlessness

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Dyspnea, FEV1, lung disease and exercise, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Shortness of Breath, Walking

Always curious about things, earlier this week I did a series of FEV1 measurements on myself. I wanted to see if my dyspnea(shortness of breath)which waxes and wanes throughout the day, would correlate with my FEV1 readings. I took the first reading early in the morning when my breathing is at its best. I blew […]

15 months Intubation Free!

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Alternative Asthma treatments, Asthma, Asthma care plan, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Intubation, intubation, Peak Flows, Severe asthma

It feels good to brag about something positive for a change. This week marks 15 whole months since Ive had to have a tube shoved down my windpipe in order to breath. Ive had zero, what I would call “critical condition” type hospitalizations in that time period as well. Granted, I’m still ending up in […]

24 Hours in the life of an Asthmatic

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, asthma advocacy, asthma awareness, Asthma blogs, Asthma Medications, blogging, Exercise&Fitness, Friends/Bloggers, guest post, Lifestyle changes, lung disease and exercise, Peak Flows, Walking

Check out Kerri’s vlog post and follow us through a typical day living with asthma. Related Posts:Never trust asthma2 years, 2 million dollarsBut you look so healthyTreatment overloadExercise like your life depends on itAsthma Phenotypes

Trapped in the yellow zone

Posted 10 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, FEV1, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), Yellow Zone

We all know what it’s like to be in asthma purgatory for a few days or maybe even a few weeks, but for 2 months? Geeze, cut me some slack would ya! Seriously, except for a string of 6 days in the middle October when I still on high doses of pred, Ive been in […]

And the Winner is ……

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Friends/Bloggers, Funny asthma stuff, People, Places and Events, Pulmonary function tests

Thanks everyone for making this a fun contest and thank you Microlife for donating the awesome pf meter. I wish I had prizes for everyone. Some of you came very close, but there can be only one winner, and that is (drum roll please)…….Kris of Ontario, Canada. Congrats Kris! Kris came the closest with her […]

My first Halloween Contest

Posted 22 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Medications, Asthma treatments, FEV1, Friends/Bloggers, Funny asthma stuff, Peak Flows, People, Places and Events, Pulmonary function tests

The following is a perfect example of what prednisone can to an otherwise intelligent and creative mind…… I was at the town grocery store the other day, where I noticed they were having a contest to see if you could guess the weight of this huge pumpkin they had as part of a Halloween display. […]

Asthma Breathing Zones

Posted 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, […]

Running on empty

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness/Training Update, Italian Language, Peak Flows, People, Places and Events, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), training progress, Walking, Yellow Zone

I actually had something else prepared for this weeks post, but since there’s a good chance I’ll be heading to the slammer shortly, I thought Id do a quick update on what’s been happening. If you’ve been watching my sidebar lately you probably noticed that my numbers have been all over the place. Ive been […]