Over the years Ive built up a pretty loyal following of friends who are interested in what Ive been up to and how I’m doing health wise , but the bulk of visitors to this blog still get here while searching for answers to asthma related questions or topics. The following (in order of popularity) are the top 3 internet search phrases that bring people to my blog. If you’re one of those people, let me help make your life easier by answering those questions for you right now.
Top Search Phrases
1) Recovering from a Severe asthma Exacerbation
Ive written extensively on this topic from personal experience, but this is probably my favorite post on the subject.
The Recuperative phases of a severe asthma exacerbation
2) Can you have a normal O2 sat during an asthma flare?
This is another question that pops all the time, not only in the Google searches that brings people to this blog, but also in my asthma support groups and in private emails. So here’s the short answer:
YES , you most certainly can have a normal or near normal oxygen saturation during an asthma flare up. Asthma is a disease of the airways, NOT the alveoli ( air sacs) where oxygen exchange takes place. In fact, if you’re O2 saturation is low during an attack, this can be an ominous sign. O2 saturation is usually the last things to drop during an asthma flare. Having said that an asthmatic who had a low O2 sat is probably sicker than someone who has a higher sat. Regardless of someones O2 sat, an even more important indicator of respiratory failure is an elevated CO2 level( carbon dioxide). When in doubt, an ABG should be obtained. Here’s an article I wrote about oximeters and O2 sats
Btw, if you’re searching for answers to this question, you’re probably either a physician or a healthcare worker who has encountered a patient like this, OR, you’re an asthmatic who is trying to justify whether they are sick enough to warrant hospital care. Am I right?
3) Hospital Bills for Asthma
With over 100 hospitalizations for asthma during my life time, I know a thing or two about hospital bills. Thankfully Ive been fortunate enough to have fairly good medical insurance that covers most of my medical expenses. Asthma, especially severe asthma, is an extremely expensive disease and accounts for a large chunk of this countries healthcare costs.
The typical 7-10 day hospital for me averages about $180,000. That’s enough to by a small house here in the SF bay area. An ICU bed alone can cost $22,000 per DAY! and that doesn’t include any of the medications or treatments. In the past 3 years alone, my medical bills have exceeded $1 million. This is just one of the many posts Ive written about the topic. It’s getting expensive to stay alive
So what brings you here today?