Don’t forget the upper body!

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma Education, COPD, Exercise&Fitness, Lifestyle changes, lung disease and exercise, pre lung transplant, Shortness of Breath, Walking

If you’ve spent much time reading my blog, you’ve probably figured out that Im a huge promoter of daily exercise for people with lung disease. My favorite fitness activity of course, is distance walking. Aerobic exercise such as walking, uses large muscle groups to move at a steady, rhythmic pace. It’s an excellent way to […]

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 […]

I feel your pain

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, asthma advocacy, Asthma Support Group, blogging, COPD Awareness, Dyspnea, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

Feeling like shit right now? Is your asthma, COPD or other breathing disorder flaring up or bothering you more than usual? Were you searching the web for asthma related stuff as a way to cope with your own crappy breathing? Is that how you reached my blog? Well I can tell you that you’re not […]

Gayle Myrna—Inhale the Future

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Contests and Fundraisers, COPD, COPD Awareness, Friends/Bloggers, Music, People, Places and Events

Meet my friend Gayle Myrna. Gayle is a long time reader of mine and suffers from pretty severe asthma herself. Gayle is also an accomplished performer and songwriter. She recently entered a songwriting contest presented by Billy Ray Cirus, the Country Music Association and DRIVE4COPD to promote COPD awareness. Gayle is probably one of the […]

Bloated

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, COPD, Diet, Health & Nutrition, Other medical problems, Other medical tests, Shortness of Breath

Everyone experiences a little indigestion and bloating from time to time. Did you know that it’s very common for people with chronic lung disease to experience frequent abdominal bloating? What’s not so normal however, is to actually become so distended that it impairs your ability to breath effectively, but that’s what was happening to me. […]

Alin

Posted 8 CommentsPosted in Friends/Bloggers, Inspiration, Other Lung diseases, Other medical problems, People, Places and Events

I probably sound like a broken record when I say this, but it’s true… I might have crappy lungs, but it’s because of those crappy lungs that I’ve been able to meet so many wonderful and interesting people. My friend Alin certainly fits in that category. Alin has Autism, Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy and an […]

Double Whammy Asthma

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Dyspnea, lung anatomy, Lung physiology, pulmonary fibrosis, Shortness of Breath

I often find it frustrating that here I am, a life long asthmatic, a Respiratory therapist and an asthma educator, yet still unable in normal conversation, to describe what makes my type of asthma so different from others. When asked to define asthma in general, I usually give the spiel about how asthma is an […]

I think I’ll go climb a REAL mountain

Posted 10 CommentsPosted in COPD, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Friends/Bloggers, lung disease and exercise, Other Lung diseases, oxygen, People, Places and Events, Walking, walking events

How’s this for a view! In just a few weeks , if all goes as planned, I hope to be standing on that very same rock with a half a dozen of my COPD friends. The brainchild of my Boston marathon walking partner Mike Mc Bride, the “COPD Mt Evans Challenge” as he calls it, […]

Is too much of a good thing, bad?

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, COPD, Dyspnea, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, lung disease and exercise, Other Lung diseases, Shortness of Breath

For 5 years now, I’ve been heralding the benefits of daily exercise in people who have severe lung disease. That message is plastered all over this blog, and I believe is the reason that Ive lived so long. But wait, just as with every other facet of this frustrating disease, there’s a catch 22. While […]

Boston crew

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Boston Marathon, COPD, Exercise&Fitness, Friends/Bloggers, Marathon walking, Marathons, Other Lung diseases, People, Places and Events, walking events

You might be surprised by how many people it takes to get 2 severely lung challenged athletes and an 80 lb oxygen cart across the finish line of the world’s most prestigious foot race. Introducing the crew ! Our spotters……………………………………Lizzy and Chuck Not only I am privileged to participate again in this incredible race with […]