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Bassist extraordinaire , Rick Shaw

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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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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Boston 2011 Race Report

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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15 months Intubation Free!

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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Do you know when it’s time to go in?

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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Asthma guilt trip

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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Double Whammy Asthma

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

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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My Trip to Churchill

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

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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My New Old Passion

My New Old Passion

It's actually not a new passion, more like the reigniting of an on again, off again love affair Ive had since early childhood. I'm referring of course to the bass guitar, or for that matter any other heavy string instrument. My introduction into the world of making music actually ...

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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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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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Buried Alive

Buried Alive

The photo is from the movie "Awake", but what happened to me last September was not fiction.. It was the real deal I'll share with you now, what I couldn't 9 months ago because of pending legal action. Ive since withdrawn my lawsuit against the parties involved and am ...

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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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Questions for Dr. Wenzel

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 ...

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6 times a day

I had planned to write a post about my nebulizer treatment routine, but then I thought....what the heck,  I'll just video it! Its  spontaneous , unedited and kinda lame, but it's the real deal and it's what I have to do at least 6 times a day. ( recorded on 1-28-2009) ...

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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 […]

November 18, 2005 0
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PBS is taping a special on Manilow’s Music & Passion

Here we(I) go again…… On Dec 12th, PBS will be taping Barry Manilow’s “Music& Passion” at the Las Vegas Hilton. I’m not sure when it will air. Health permitting, I’ll be there. More to follow……….. Related Posts:Viva La Manilow………Me and MomStress Break Stephen StyleGoing to Paris this weekendBetter luck next timeTake me to your Leader!Back […]

November 18, 2005 0
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The Hunt is on for a spring time Marathon

Does anyone have any recommendations? I’m looking for a 10-20 mile,competitive walk/run event with a relatively flat course in the state of California ,sometime in March or April. ( and cheap too) There are so many smaller events out there, its hard to pick one. Id like to do one more 1/2 marathon sometime in […]

November 16, 2005 0
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THE MEDAL’S IN THE MAIL

Received this email today: Greetings Runners, Thank you for your patience. We’ve been working hard to acquire the medals misplaced at our 2005 event in San Francisco in addition to fielding 100’s of great emails about the event. We’ve come up for air, and placed an additional order and when they arrive, we would like […]

November 15, 2005 0
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I think a break is in order.

Yesterday, I took my first walk since the race on Sunday. A total of 1.5 miles to and from the local grocery store . It was awful! Wasn’t so much the aches and pains as it was my lungs and my overall energy level. By the time I reached the half way point, I was […]

November 10, 2005 0
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The Race Results are in…….I beat my old PR by 9 minutes

Check out my race results HERE just enter my Bib# 390. Keep in mind that I WALKED this race !!!!!(I only ran accross the finish line for the photographers) Related Posts:Disappointed, but still finished faster than last year:-)Got the Medal !The US Half……. As seen through my eyesThis is what the REAL medal looks like..WE […]

November 10, 2005 0
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Slow Recovery

Two days since the race and I’m still sore as hell. Oh well, that’s the price you pay! Oddly enough, I cant wait until the next one. Haven t decided which one yet but, It wont be until March or April of 2006. I need at least a 4 month break. I contacted the USHALF […]

November 8, 2005 0
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The Morning After

I’d choose a severe alcohol hangover anyday..What can I say…..I feel like I was hit by a train and lived to tell about it. Every joint in my body is aching. Like I had the shit beat out of me by a gang of racewalk hating runners. Why does it take a full day for […]

November 8, 2005 0
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The US Half……. As seen through my eyes

I should start off by saying, that despite the anticlimactic ending to the race ( due to the theft of the medals),and the lack of porta-pottys, this event was the best one Ive walked in so far. You couldn’t ask for better weather ( 60 degrees at start time) and you could actually hear the […]

November 8, 2005 0
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This is what the REAL medal looks like..

Don’t know who these people are….but these are the medals they were giving out.. Related Posts:The US Half……. As seen through my eyesWE DID IT !!! ……. But someone stole the medalsPlan BRock&Roll Race ReportAn ExtraTerrestrial Race Report…..Long2:52:45Pre-race jitters

November 6, 2005 0
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Douglas to the Rescue……….

Thanks to my dear Douglas, we were still able to have a little memento of the occasion. You see, fearing that I might not be able to finish the course because of my wonderful health, he fashioned 3 finisher medals out of some key chain pendants that he picked up at a nearby tourist shop.Then […]

November 6, 2005 0
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WE DID IT !!! ……. But someone stole the medals

My friends and I crossed the finish line at the US Half Marathon today but, didn’t get our medals because someone stole them! We got to the end of the rainbow and there was no pot of gold… (Actually, there were several hundred people that didn’t receive their medals). Can you believe it? Someone apparently […]

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While it's a little unusual to see a person with a perfect O2 sat of a 100% during a severe exacerbation, its pretty typical to see sats in the 94-97% range. The reason for this, is that asthma is a disease of the airways , not the alveoli where gas exchange takes place. Most asthmatics dont desaturate during the early stages of an attack,unless theres a secondary problem such as pneumonia. You have to be extremely ill with asthma if your sats are low.

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