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

Hanging up the stethoscope

The deed is done. As of today Im longer allowed to practice Respiratory Care in the State California. I finally submitted the paperwork to place my RCP license into retirement status, bringing my 3 and a half decade career in this field to an end…at least for now. Ive been going back and forth on … Read moreHanging up the stethoscope

Are ER Asthma Treatment Protocols changing?

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 … Read moreAre ER Asthma Treatment Protocols changing?

Survivors Guilt

Every time I hear about someone who died from asthma, especially when it’s a child, I can’t help but feel just a little guilty for living as long as I have. Despite having one of the lowest asthma mortality rates in the world, 3500-4000 people still die from asthma each year in the United States, … Read moreSurvivors Guilt

Prednisone Skin

Just one of the many joys of taking prednisone. I know chronic steroid use can cause paper thin skin ( what we call “crepe paper” skin in the biz), which then makes you more susceptible to spontaneous bruising, but Ive noticed lately that if I brush up against almost any surface, no matter how gently, … Read morePrednisone Skin

Self Service

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 … Read moreSelf Service

Use Me !

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 … Read moreUse Me !

Breathin Basics—ABG’s

“ABG’s” is another one of those medical acronyms that you hear all the time when you have asthma or lung disease. And if you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to be hospitalized for your asthma, no doubt you’ve had one of these tests done on you. ABG stands for “Arterial blood gases”. An ABG is a … Read moreBreathin Basics—ABG’s

Breathing Basics —O2 Saturation and Oximeters

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 … Read moreBreathing Basics —O2 Saturation and Oximeters

Asthma Breathing Zones

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, … Read moreAsthma Breathing Zones

Asthma guilt trip

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 … Read moreAsthma guilt trip

Be an RCP

Check out this nifty little pin the California RCP board sent me… At first I thought they sent it to me for putting in 25 years of devoted service to the profession, but it turns out that they sent these pins out to every licensed RCP ( Respiratory Care Practitioner) to commemorate 25 years of … Read moreBe an RCP