Asthma and marathon training updates

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Exercise&Fitness, Marathon Training, Other medical tests, People, Places and Events, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, walking events

It’s generally been a rough couple of months on the asthma front. This disease has been kicking my butt. Seems like I’ve been sick more often than not. A couple weeks ago I started flaring again pretty severely, and, as a result, had to up my prednisone to 50mg for a few days. The prednisone […]

Sleep Study

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Symptoms, Other medical problems, Other medical tests, Shortness of Breath

As I mentioned in a Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea” (“PND”) , also known as , believe it or not…Cardiac Asthma. Wouldn’t that be just swell if I had Cardiac asthma on top of Bronchial asthma? So anyways, tonight they’re doing a Transthoracic Echocardiogram to check my heart valves and to see if my pulmonary hypertension is […]

That’s a lot of ABGs

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma medical tests, Intubation, Other medical tests, Respiratory Therapy

Can you believe I’ve had 118 arterial blood gases radial artery. If that were the case , my wrist would have fallen off by now. Some of those samples actually came from arterial catheters that were placed in my artery during different hospitalizations. I estimate that about 50 of the 118 ABG samples sent to […]

Long week of Medical stuff

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Monday, Visit with Dyspnea specialist Dr.Susan Jansen She spent a generous amount of time with me (almost 2 hours) and I actually learned quite a bit. I was impressed by her knowledge of pulmonary mechanics and the neuro-mechanisms of dyspnea . Because she knew I was an RT by trade, she was able to speak […]

Racewalking for Science

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma medical tests, Asthma research, Other medical tests, People, Places and Events, Pulmonary function tests, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, Walking

As part of the Shortness of breath self-Management research study that I’m involved in over at UCSF, every 3 months I have to go into the lab where they check my PFTs and then have me do a series of physical fitness exercises. Sometimes they have me get on the treadmill and walk uphill until […]

14 mile walk to see the Neurologist

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There was a scheduling conflict with my 14 mile LSD, and a follow-up visit I have at the stroke center at UCSF medical center this Wednesday. Since I pride myself on my time management skills, I thought the following remedy would be appropriate……………Incorporate the two! I’ve chosen a scenic 14 mile long slow walk which […]

I’m Normal ………Since when?

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I’m Normal ………Since when? My beta receptor genotype finally came back from Boston. The results: Heterozygous ( Gly/Arg) , a normal genotype. Hello! Did they say Hetero ?? Anyway , all this genetic googly gob simply means that I should have a “normal” response to beta agonist medications. In other words… Albuterol is reacting on […]