My 133rd hospitalization for asthma

My 133rd hospitalization occurred on 10-9-2017. The trigger wasn’t the usual environmental allergies or resp infection, this time it was smoke from wildfires that have been devastating portions of northern California the past couple weeks. I woke that morning (4am) to a house full of smoke . It was so bad, we had to put … Read moreMy 133rd hospitalization for asthma

My 8th year in the SARP

Hard to believe, but this week I began my 8th year as a research subject for the Severe Asthma Research Program (SARP). This is actually the 3rd study (SARP III) in a series of 3 that started back in the early 2000s. Each had a different focus. They stopped recruiting new participants for SARP a … Read moreMy 8th year in the SARP

Prelude to an asthma flare

So my asthma is acting up again and I feel like I have the proverbial elephant sitting on my chest. I say my asthma is acting up, but in actuality it’s always acting up. So I guess what I really mean is that my symptoms are ramping up from my norm, getting more intense by … Read morePrelude to an asthma flare

2 years, 2 million dollars

Need proof of just how expensive asthma can be? These are my hospital bills for the last two years, coming in at just over 2.1 million and change. 2016 2015 Related Posts:A common cold with not so common asthma104th trip to the slammer for AsthmaThe Recovery phases of a severe asthma exacerbationNumber 96 Number 95My … Read more2 years, 2 million dollars

Moving right along……

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 … Read moreMoving right along……

Evolving treatment plan

Things seems to be changing by the day. As of March 24th 2016, the latest plan is to put me back on Xolair until I can either obtain the biologic drug, Dupilumab, or until lung transplant becomes the only option left to extend my life. Sanofi/Regeneron, the makers of Dupilumab, need to get FDA permission … Read moreEvolving treatment plan

No matter how well I take care of myself

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 … Read moreNo matter how well I take care of myself

I’m phenotyped

Thanks to the efforts of the SARP researchers and the new era of severe asthma phenotyping, my particular flavor of the disease has finally been described. Drum roll please………………… It’s called “Long duration Th2 low/mast cell high with remodeling“, asthma. It probably sounds like a bunch of googly gob, but about half the people with … Read moreI’m phenotyped

SARP ends, but the research continues

Though still in operation, the NIH funded Severe Asthma Research Program (SARP), which started 14 years ago, is now officially closed to new enrollees. Sadly, it looks like SARP will be the last large observational study of severe asthmatics, at least for the foreseeable future. The good news, is that there’s still a lot of … Read moreSARP ends, but the research continues

Im an A hole when Im sick

Most people will tell you Im one of the sweetest, most caring people you’ll ever meet. But make no mistake, when Im recovering from a bad asthma exacerbation, I can become an obnoxious asshole… I get anxious, I get irritable, I get angry and nasty all at the same time. I snap at everyone and … Read moreIm an A hole when Im sick

Training to walk my 9th marathon

Hard to believe that it’s been 3 years since I’ve trained for a race. I came close to doing one last year, but a lot of stuff was happening and I was getting sick too often. Well except for my little dental mishap a couple weeks ago, things have been much better lately and that’s … Read moreTraining to walk my 9th marathon

Not just Asthma, 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 … Read moreNot just Asthma, Severe Asthma!