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 […]

Self Service

Posted 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 […]

Use Me !

Posted 32 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Education, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Respiratory Therapy

The marathon walking–severely asthmatic–RT is in the house and is ready to take your questions. New for this year I’m introducing a new a feature I call “USE ME”, where I answer your questions relating to respiratory therapy, asthma, lung disease, fitness walking or just about anything else you think I might be able to […]

I’m Honored

Posted 12 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Asthma, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Inspiration, lung disease and exercise, Respiratory Therapy, walking events

Just found out that my story is appearing in the RCB’s annual Newsletter…. “Breathing Matters”. I’m always flattered when an organization or a person writes an article about my fitness walking achievements, but this one is special because it comes from the same government agency that regulates Respiratory Care in the State of California where […]

Breathing Basics —O2 Saturation and Oximeters

Posted 69 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 […]

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 […]

Number 96

Posted 9 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Exacerbation Recovery, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, Respiratory Therapy, Steroids ( prednisone)

Thanks everyone for all your kind emails while I was in the slammer. The hospital volunteer who brought the messages to my bedside, said he’d never delivered so many messages to one person , and that I must be pretty popular:-) Sorry I couldn’t respond to each one individually, but I read all one of […]

Boston still follows me

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Achievements, Asthma, Boston Marathon, COPD, Marathon walking, People, Places and Events, Respiratory Therapy

I didn’t even know that this was out there until anAmerican Assoc for Respiratory Care, a national organization that thousands of Respiratory Therapists belong to. They also put out a science journal called “Respiratory Care” in which I was featured back in 2008. Click the cover to see the article Related Posts:Survive an attack, register […]

72 hours of hell.

Posted 7 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Exacerbation Recovery, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, People, Places and Events, Respiratory Therapy, Steroids ( prednisone)

I always try to write a little something about each and every hospitalization Ive experienced, but this is one Id just as soon forget about. In total , I spent 7 days in the hospital, 6 of them in the Intensive care unit, 3 of those days spent on continuous Bipap with an Albuterol bleed-in […]

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 […]

Respiratory Therapist/Asthmatic/Patient

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Nebulizer treatments, Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy

All this buzz about inhalers ,nebulizers and hospitals , got me to thinking of various situations, in which Ive been involved. Not always practicing what I preach. As I’m sureHeliox . As is pretty typical, they kept me on the continuous neb for about 96 hours. That’s’ around 736 Albuterol treatments in just a 4 […]