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Venous Access Port ( VAP)

After an estimated 104 hospital admissions for asthma and probably 10 times that number of IV sticks, I have no peripheral venous access left. A half a century of IV steroids has rendered my veins useless. The only place they can get lines in, are in my knuckles and toes. ...

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Do you know when it's time to go in?

The idea for this post came to me during the middle a recent severe exacerbation. Actually, it was the same exacerbation that put me in the hospital for 12 days, for which I am still recovering. Foremost on my mind during one of these really bad flares is the ...

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The Recovery phases of a severe asthma exacerbation

Suffice it to say, I wasn't exactly a happy camper when I wrote that Dr W helped me get through this awful time by reassuring me that what anguish I was experiencing was a normal response after suffering such a severe flare up, and that my complaints were ...

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15 months Intubation Free!

It feels good to brag about something positive for a change. This week marks 15 whole months since Ive had to have a tube shoved down my windpipe in order to breath. Ive had zero, what I would call "critical condition" type hospitalizations in that time period as well. Granted, ...

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Double Whammy Asthma

( updated 2-2014) 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 ...

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I'm a recovering Albuter-holic

Rick, the author of the Respiratory Therapy Cave , wrote to me the other day talking about what it was like growing up with severe asthma. One of the things he mentioned that I thought was kinda funny, was how he used to sleep with an inhaler ...

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Propofol

Propofol

This is a picture of me on a ventilator last year during a severe asthma exacerbation ( what they call status asthmaticus). See the little IV bottle inside the blue rectangle with the milky looking stuff inside ? That's Propofol ! Also known as ...

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My Trip to Churchill

My journey begins in Winnipeg (my very first time crossing the Canadian border). Just 2 days earlier there had been a pretty bad snow storm and potential weather delays at the airport were a big concern.Fortunately things worked out and I got there on time without any problems. ...

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Lung Lingo

Yes it's true, we asthmatics have a language all our own.   Here's my current list. Please feel free to add new words and definitions to it .   Yellow Zoning When someone is stuck in their yellow breathing zone. Cradle Asthmatic A person who has had asthma since earlier childhood or ...

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Healing Walks

Carolyn Scott Kortge's new book is finally out and guess who's in one of the chapters? Carolyn contacted me about year ago for this project. She thought I had an interesting story to tell, and that it would fit in nicely with the motivational theme of the book. It's really ...

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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 ...

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A quarter million puffs

A quarter million puffs

Care for some Albuterol? (Hey.....how did the primatine mist get in there?) I sometimes jokingly claim that Ive

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The SARP experience

The SARP experience

Welcome to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the

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Lung Transplant Evaluation Approved.

It's been way too long since I posted to my blog. Been doing most of my updating via my asthma support group on Facebook. So anyways, after 6 months of going around and around with the insurance company, they have finally agreed to pay for a full lung transplant evaluation. ...

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Boston 2011 Race Report

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 ...

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I'm Honored

Just found out that my story is appearing in the RCB's annual Newsletter.... "Breathing Matters". I'm always flattered when an organization or a person writes an article about my fitness walking achievements, but this one is special because it comes from the same government agency that regulates Respiratory Care in the ...

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Buried Alive

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 ...

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Bassist extraordinaire

Bassist Extraordinaire.... Rick Shaw

A couple of Saturdays ago I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite bassists of all time, Rick Shaw. Rick has worked with all kinds of recording artists and is also the bassist for Johnny Mathis and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, my favorite jazz band. ...

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Questions for Dr. Wenzel

Last week after finding out just how damaged my lungs really are, the only thing going through my head was..WHY? All of the assumptions I had made about my asthma throughout the years, suddenly didn't seem to make sense anymore. I was beginning to wonder if I really ever ...

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Just when I start to feel normal again……….

Today is the first day that Ive started to experience severe symptoms since I began blogging 2 months ago.. I must have picked up a bug while I was out of town. Having severe asthma symptoms is nothing new for me. I usually go through this crap 6-7 times a year no matter how well […]

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Only in the Desert

This thing was sitting in someones front yard… Related Posts:Viva La Manilow………Me and MomStress Break Stephen StyleGoing to Paris this weekendBetter luck next timeTake me to your Leader!Some down time

December 15, 2005 0
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Viva La Manilow………Me and Mom

I’ve been so sick lately, I almost forgot how magical the Barry Manilow show was. What an experience.. We got to sit through 4 hours of the taping of this PBS special.( due to air in March) An incredible experience I will not soon forget. Produced by the same folks who did Elton Johns recent […]

December 12, 2005 0
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Not everyday is a good day

Let me sum up today’s walk….IT SUCKED.. I guess it wasnt really the walk that sucked, Its this tired old body that sucked . I think its a combination of things. First of all, I havent been sleeping well because of my back problems ( thanks to the good ole’ prednisone), then theres the increasing […]

December 7, 2005 0
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Next event in just 8 weeks

The Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon is just 2 months away . I ‘ll start training for this event in about 2 weeks. Looks like the entire course is inside Golden Gate park. Its a beautiful park but can get very chilly because of all the tree shade. I’ve done 8 mile training walks in that […]

December 6, 2005 0
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Next half marathon event in 2 month

My next walking gig will be in February. I will start serious training on that race in about 2 weeks. Related Posts:Trying to get the feeling again………….1st post – hospitalization walk……….if you can call it thatTraining update Aug 2014Training to walk my 9th marathonUh-oh… He’s at it again Plan B

December 6, 2005 0
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Got the Tickets!!

Got the tickets!!! Yeeha!! .. to the taping of Barry Manilow’s PBS special at the Las Vegas Hilton on Dec 12th. I think this is the first time I’ve ever been in the audience of a concert taped for television .I hope they don’t stick us in the back of the theater (Ive heard that […]

December 3, 2005 0
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First Walks of the Winter

Unable to do much walking the past few days because of the bad weather. I went from wearing casual shorts to full winter apparel in one week. Wasn’t sure if Id be able to tolerate the colder/windy conditions but, so far so good. Usually its the humidify that effects me the most. Fortunately in San […]

December 1, 2005 0
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Happy Thanksgiving

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November 26, 2005 0
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A Racewalking Moment

I love when this happens….. I was doing my usual jaunt over the Al Zampa bridge( this is usually where I practice my racewalking skills) when, for a brief time, things just started to click. For maybe a 100 yards or so , all of the individual racewalking elements that I had been practicing, came […]

November 25, 2005 0
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28 miles this week

Had a relatively normal walking week with the exception of today’s walk. I was getting way too tight early on in my walk. I hate that feeling ! One of these days I will attempt to describe that “feeling ” So anyways, I had to use the inhaler 4 times throughout the 6 miles. Over […]

November 18, 2005 0
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Walking Expenses

Living on a fixed income, I have to track all of my expenses closely. I just figured out that in the last 6 months ,I spent a total of $1175.97 on walking related stuff . This includes fees for Racing events ( $60-$80 a pop), Clothing (everything made of microfiber costs more) , Shoes( I […]

November 18, 2005 0
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Defining my own style of walking

I think about this everyday when I’m walking… I’m not really sure what you would call my walking style? Its a mixture of my own freestyle incorporated with the basics elements of racewalking. I use all of the racewalking techniques such as proper foot placement and strike, hip motion and leg transitioning, but I dont […]

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