UMPC Asthma Support Group

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Starting this month and every month going forward, I’ll be posting the minutes from the UMPC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) Severe Asthma Support Group conference calls. The calls are sponsored by the Asthma Institute at UMPC and moderated by Dr Sally Wenzel Pulmonologist and Deborah A. Gillman PhD, Clinical Psychologist. If you have difficult […]

For the 112th time

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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 up to […]

A SARP’in we will go…….

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In a few weeks I’m off to Pittsburgh again to participate in SARP III. The focus of SARP III is to study the stability of clinical and molecular phenotypes of severe Asthma. Basically they’re looking for the bio signature of certain mast cells in the serum and plasma and whether they are maintained over the […]

Asthma Phenotypes

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Physician researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC are now using molecular and genetic information to identify asthma phenotypes and customize therapies in order to improve patient outcomes. If you have asthma and would like to contribute to this on going research, please consider volunteering for

Tour De Badass YVR

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“Badassmatic (adj.): Person with asthma better defined by badassery. Possesses insatiable desire for growth, change and adventure.“ ( Brought to you courtesy of Kerri Mac Kay) (Part 1 of 8 clips) ***For more Badass adventures check out last years trip to Churchill *** Related Posts: Guest Post by Kerri My new Aeroneb GoNo transplant for […]

15 months Intubation Free!

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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, I’m still ending up in […]

24 Hours in the life of an Asthmatic

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Check out Kerri’s vlog post and follow us through a typical day living with asthma. Related Posts:2 years, 2 million dollarsBut you look so healthyTreatment overloadExercise like your life depends on itAsthma Phenotypes Guest Post by Kerri