Buried Alive

Posted 23 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Intubation, intubation, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Severe asthma

The photo is from the movie “Awake”, but what happened to me last September was not fiction.. It was the real deal! Back on Sept 20th of 2010, I was admitted to the hospital for a severe asthma exacerbation(so what else is new). About 8 hours into the exacerbation, my breathing took a turn for […]

Life after the Blog

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma and travel, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, intubation, Lifestyle changes, Music, People, Places and Events, Sally Wenzel, travel, Walking

Just a quick update on what Ive up too the last couple weeks. Lungs I’ve pretty much fully recovered from that last exacerbation and hospital stint. I think the intubation is what caused me to get so sick in the first place. An endotracheal tube is the perfect conduit for introducing bacteria and viruses deep […]

104th trip to the slammer for Asthma

Posted 12 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, intubation, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Severe asthma, Ventilator

Greetings from the 14th floor isolation room a top the Moffitt building at UCSF medical center in San Francisco. Your guest host for tonight’s show is..well, me of course. I’ll be discussing how much fun it is being a patient in the hospital with severe asthma. Just happy to be alive, I was hoping to […]

Boston 2011 Race Report

Posted 17 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma Symptoms, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Inspiration, Leg cramps, lung disease and exercise, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, Post Marathon recovery, Race photos, Racewalking, Team Wheezy, Walking, walking events, Walking Injuries

They don’t call it the best marathon in the world for nothing , and this year was no exception. The weather was near perfect and the spectators and volunteers outdid themselves. The moment I entered athletes village and the disabled athletes staging area early Monday morning, my worries and stress about the race just melted […]

Disappointed, but still finished faster than last year:-)

Posted 19 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, People, Places and Events, Race Reports, Racewalking, Walking, walking events, Walking Injuries

I was on well on my way to setting a personal best, when at mile 21, I slipped on some wet paper cups, did a full summer salt, cut my finger open and tore a ligament in my knee. It took me almost 2 hours in excruciating pain to limp the last 5 miles of […]

Boston or Bust!

Posted 11 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, asthma awareness, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, Sally Wenzel, Severe asthma, Walking

So in just a few hours Bib# 21619 is off to the Boston area to take another stab at the mother of all foot races. Monday morning I will attempt to finish my 3rd Boston marathon in a row and my 8th full marathon since starting this incredible fitness journey 5 years ago. May not […]

Training Complete!

Posted 15 CommentsPosted in Asthma & Exercise, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Inspiration, Marathon Training, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, training progress, Walking, Walking Injuries

Taking a short break during an 18 miler on the Golden Gate bridge to mug for the camera. Rather than rehash what Ive already been documenting on Dailymile for the last 4 months, I’ll just cut to the chase. I’ve successfully completed ALL of my training for my 3rd Boston marathon, BUT I’m not feeling […]

Lunch with Sally

Posted 7 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma research, People, Places and Events, Sally Wenzel, SARP

Had the great fortune of having lunch last week with one of my most favorite people in the whole world. Dr Wenzel was in town for the annual AAAAI convention in San Francisco and managed to squeeze in some private time with me in between her busy presentation schedule. Although we keep in close contact […]

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 […]

Mixing pleasure with business

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Exercise&Fitness, Funny asthma stuff, Funny walking stuff, lung disease and exercise, People, Places and Events, Racewalking, San Francisco

With almost 2 hours to kill in between medical appointments last week over at UCSF, I decided to put that otherwise wasted time to good use and do something Ive always wanted to…. I racewalked the Kezar stadium! That’s right…. I racewalked 5.5 miles around the track, and I did it while wearing jeans and […]

Boston training… off to a rough start

Posted 8 CommentsPosted in Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon Training, San Francisco, training progress, Walking, Walking Injuries

I knew that jumping into a marathon training regime on the heals of a methadone detox wasn’t gonna be easy, and boy was I right. These first few weeks have been really tough and I haven’t even gotten into the longer distances yet. It’s bad enough that Ive had to shorten my training schedule to […]

Third time’s a charm

Posted 10 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Boston Marathon, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, People, Places and Events, Team Wheezy, Walking

Not sure the title of this post applies, since Ive already succeeded at this two times already, but it has a nice positive ring to it and it puts me in a good mood. So after months of contemplation and a series of decent test walks , Ive decided to take a 3rd shot at […]

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 […]