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3 and half years ago I wrote about the exciting news regarding a game changing drug called Dupilumab. Dr Wenzel and others believed that this drug was going to revolutionize the way certain forms of severe asthma are treated. Well, very soon now I'll get to try it out myself! ...

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But you look so healthy

How many of you with asthma problems can relate..... "But you don't look sick", or "Your sats are OK" or " "Maybe it's just anxiety" or "If you're so sick, how are you able to exercise and do normal things?" As a person with very severe lung disease who publicly ...

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Don't forget the upper body!

If you've spent much time reading my blog, you've probably figured out that Im a huge promoter of daily exercise for people with lung disease. My favorite fitness activity of course, is distance walking. Aerobic exercise such as walking, uses large muscle groups to move at a steady, rhythmic pace. ...

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Exercise like your life depends on it

Everyone knows how important daily exercise is for maintaining good health, but I believe this is even more true when you suffer from a chronic breathing disorder such as asthma or COPD. And I don't make that claim lightly. For 10 years now, Ive demonstrated through my own example, what ...

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What's it like to be intubated for asthma?

The search term "Intubation" comes up fairly often on my blog's traffic logs, so I thought I take a moment to write about it. Heaven knows I've had my share of them. I truly hope your asthma never gets to point where you actually need to be intubated for it, ...

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Im not crazy, I swear

I feel your pain

Feeling like shit right now? Is your asthma, COPD or other breathing disorder flaring up or bothering you more than usual? Were you searching the web for asthma related stuff as a way to cope with your own crappy breathing? Is that how you reached my blog? Well ...

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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

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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 an asthma excerbation is the bad will ...

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O2 sats and asthma attacks revisited

After 9 years of blogging about life with severe asthma, I still get a lot of traffic from people searching the web for specific information about O2 saturation and how it relates to asthma or the severity of an asthma attack. So for those who might have missed my earlier ...

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Double Whammy Asthma

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 give the ...

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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! The point Im trying to make in the clip, is that the daily nebbing routine for many of us is a lot more time consuming than one ...

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Not just Asthma, Severe Asthma!

Not to downplay the heartache and suffering that people with milder forms of asthma have to sometimes contend with; obviously it's a big deal when you can't breath, but the healthcare establishment needs to stop lumping all asthmatics together under the same general heading of "asthma".This is a problem because ...

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For the 112th time

Gee I haven't written about a good ole hospital admission for quite sometime. Since I just completed my 112th, maybe now's a good time. The theme for this latest admission is fun with steroid psychosis and why IV fluids should always be monitored closely. The fun begins The trigger to the flare leading ...

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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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Asthma Purgatory

Whenever the weather is bad, so is my asthma. My lungs are extremely sensitive to humidity in the air and/or the slightest changes in barometric pressure. Changes in the climate, changes in the seasons, you name it.... my lungs will react to it. I'm a walking weather ...

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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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The not so glamorous side of being a severely asthmatic marathon walker

Yeah, I made it to Boston , Ive walked the Rome and Portland marathons a couple times, and yeah Ive been written up in lots of walk magazines and medical journals, but I think a lot of people who hear about me or read my blog, assume that ...

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Just another week in the life of a hardcore asthmatic

I usually don't post about my hospital experiences because its not a subject I like to re-live. Its an unwanted , terrifying , but necessary part of my life. When it happens , I just try to get through it and then I try to blank it out ...

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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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Im going to Dave Mc Govern’s Racewalking Clinic !!!

Can you tell I’m excited? ?? I feel like a little kid….The folks at RESUME. Hopefully afterward the seminar , I’ll finally be able to say…..I’m a real racewalker! I actually know what I’m doing now! Well, at least that’s the plan. I have no desire to pursue a career in competitive racewalking, I just […]

February 15, 2006 0
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New aches and pains.

Seems that the quest for improved walking efficiency has brought with it some new aches and pains. Yesterday’s walk included a little more racewalking technique than it usually does. I focused primarily on knee straightening , foot rolling and to a lesser degree, hip rotation. Not surprisingly, today my ankle and lower back are quite […]

February 12, 2006 0
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Back in the green and back in the groove

Only took me four days to recover from last weekend’s 13 miler AND.. my breathing is back to baseline ! I probably could of got out yesterday but, I didn’t want to push my luck. Today’s jaunt was more of a self-analysis session than a power walk . Im trying to figure out ways to […]

February 10, 2006 0
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New training strategy

It’s now three days post-race and the body aches have eased up a lot though, not completely. I hope to get out and do at least, a short walk by this weekend. I’m already planning my strategy for the San Francisco Marathon in late July and I cant wait to get out there and start […]

February 8, 2006 0
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Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon and 5K

It was a perfect day for a race in San Francisco’s Ocean beach. This was a much bigger event than I thought.( 8,000 runners) Nevertheless, it seemed to be well organized and it started right on time I’m not the best writer but, let me see if I can recap my day at the race. […]

February 6, 2006 2
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And the winner is……………………………

Certainly not me…. Related Posts:Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon and 5KGetting slower and fatter.New training strategyTomorrow makes number 3

February 5, 2006 1
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Tomorrow makes number 3

Im finally starting to get pumped about tomorrow’s race. The Kaiser Permanente half marathon. A week ago, I didn’t want to be bothered by it, now I cant wait to get out there and walk my little butt off. This race is much larger (and apparently more popular), than I first thought. There looks to […]

February 4, 2006 0
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A yellow streak?

I’m back in the yellow! Had to happen to sooner or later I guess. I was on a green streak for quite a few days, so I guess Im overdue. (God forbid I should go an entire month without getting sick.) I just wish this wouldn’t happen 4 days before a scheduled 13 mile walk. […]

February 1, 2006 1
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The Inspiration I needed

Ive been himing and hawing about doing this Kaiser Permanente half marathon for over 3 months now. I haven’t been worrying so much about the race itself, but more about the post race aches and pains . Well, today I got the nudge I needed to go for it. Live to Run, Run to Live […]

January 30, 2006 1
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I give this week a D minus

Except for yesterday’s walk, the rest of this walk week was just plain Bizarre. Monday’s walk was the worst . My legs weren’t connecting with my brain. I felt like I was taking these tiny little steps . My shins were aching the whole way and I just couldn’t get any speed. Tuesday’s walk seemed […]

January 28, 2006 0
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Yesterdays Pulmonary Function Tests

This is the actual spirometry results from my appt yesterday. They do these PFT screening tests on me about every 3 months. Over the past 12 months, they worsened only slightly. The good news is that the rate of declined has slowed since I began walking. If the above looks like gibberish to you, it […]

January 26, 2006 1
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Taking care of Asthma business

About every 8 weeks I have a bunch of asthma business that I need to take care of. I have to get in my “asthma patient mode” and focus on being a good asthma patient. I also like to get into my ” respiratory therapist role”, so that I can sound very knowledgeable about my […]

January 23, 2006 1
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Marathon Anxiety

Last night I had nightmares about this marathon Im planning to do in October. As I was trying to fall asleep I kept thinking about this event course and how it weaves all over San Francisco for 26 miles. I could feel my heart pounding as I visualized myself struggling to reach each of the […]

January 22, 2006 1
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