Self Observations: Severe Asthma and Endurance walking

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Fitness/Training Update, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Portland Marathon, training progress, Walking

Ive been doing endurance walks now for about 10 years, and because of the severity of my lung disease, I often experience significant symptom exacerbations afterwards. Well something quite unexpected and encouraging has happened recently during the peak of this current training cycle, or should I say…didn’t happen! On 3 separate occasions over a 4 […]

Self Observations: FEV1 and Breathlessness

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Dyspnea, FEV1, lung disease and exercise, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Shortness of Breath, Walking

Always curious about things, earlier this week I did a series of FEV1 measurements on myself. I wanted to see if my dyspnea(shortness of breath)which waxes and wanes throughout the day, would correlate with my FEV1 readings. I took the first reading early in the morning when my breathing is at its best. I blew […]

12 month Update

Posted 8 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma and travel, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Dyspnea, Nebulizer treatments, Severe asthma, Shortness of Breath

It’s almost 2013 and I just realized I really haven’t posted a breathing status update in almost a year. Probably the biggest change that I’m noticing, is that my dyspnea is getting more pronounced and more constant. Where I used get 8 or so “good” breathing hours a day, I’m down now to less than […]

Double Whammy Asthma

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Dyspnea, lung anatomy, Lung physiology, pulmonary fibrosis, Shortness of Breath

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 spiel about how asthma is an […]

Is too much of a good thing, bad?

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, COPD, Dyspnea, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, lung disease and exercise, Other Lung diseases, Shortness of Breath

For 5 years now, I’ve been heralding the benefits of daily exercise in people who have severe lung disease. That message is plastered all over this blog, and I believe is the reason that Ive lived so long. But wait, just as with every other facet of this frustrating disease, there’s a catch 22. While […]

Darn Dyspnea Dilemma

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, COPD, Shortness of Breath

……………….Try saying that 5 times really fast. Before reading this post, you might find it useful to read the first two of paragraphs in the “Rick over at the Respiratory Therapy Cave, does a great job of explaining how asthma can sometimes turn into COPD. *************************** On Thursday I had my first appointment at this […]

SARP podcast

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma medical tests, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, People, Places and Events, SARP, Shortness of Breath

Interesting article from a 2008 SARP study, titled… “More than a Matter of Degree: Severe Asthma May Be a Different Form of the Disease”. Seems to answer a lot of questions Ive always wondered about. Dr Sorkness does a great job of explaining the basics of asthma as well as the research the SARP is […]

A week of experimentation…..and more confused than ever

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Peak Flows, Shortness of Breath, Walking, Wheeze

Since no one seems to know why Ive been getting so sick, so frequently lately , and since there’s a tendency to blame walking as a trigger,  I decided to do a little experimenting to see if I could find a link between taking long walks, and my breathing flare-ups. Last Saturday just 4 days […]

Caught between a walk and a hard place

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Asthma research, Fitness Walking, Marathon walking, Racewalking, Walking

As I type this post up, I’m slowly recovering from what was my 91st Hospitalization. By asthma exacerbation standards, it was only a moderate attack, but it was by far one of the most stressful hospitalizations I’ve ever had. And to think I may have brought the attack on myself….I can only describe my feelings […]