This chart represents my dyspnea levels ( shortness of breath levels ), recorded daily for the past 330 days , and is part of a year long research study I’m involved in that deals with dyspnea, it’s effect on ones ability to exercise, and the most effective ways of providing education and support to those with chronic shortness of breath.
You’ll notice in the center of the chart , there was an extended period from early November through the end of January, where I enjoyed lot of mild to only moderately difficult breathing days ( 1s & 2s on the chart) . Then , as we get into February , I’m not so lucky. My breathing gets progressively worse,and from late March to Late April, my dypnea levels shoot up in into the severe zone ( 3s & 4s), where it stays for quite a while (the #4s coincide with my hospitalizations). Finally , in early June my dyspnea levels start trending back down to to my baseline where they have pretty much remained since.
Along with my daily dyspnea levels, I also have to record all of my physical activity as well as my exercise goals . At the end of the study on Aug 28th, the researchers will analyze all the data and come to some sort of conclusion. I’ll post the findings after they’re published.