No matter how well I take care of myself

Posted on 8 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Intubation, Severe asthma, Ventilator

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 […]

Are ER Asthma Treatment Protocols changing?

Posted on 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 on 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 on 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 […]

Breathing Basics —O2 Saturation and Oximeters

Posted on 68 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 […]

Asthma Breathing Zones

Posted on 18 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Education, Asthma Education, Asthma medical tests, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Yellow Zone

This is the 2nd installment of my “ Breathing, the mini series“. This one is more for the non-asthmatics out there, but I think some of our lung challenged friends might learn a thing or two as well. If you hang around asthmatics or browse as many personal asthma blogs as much as I do, […]

Asthma guilt trip

Posted on 29 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Childhood Memories, People, Places and Events

How many times have you had a really bad asthma flare, but had serious trepidations about going to the emergency room for treatment? How many times have you felt guilty that maybe you weren’t sick enough to be admitted to the hospital? Well, that’s pretty much been the case for me for as long as […]