Double Whammy Asthma

Posted on 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 […]

Questions for Sally

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Other Lung diseases, Other medical problems, People, Places and Events, pulmonary fibrosis, Pulmonary function tests, Sally Wenzel, SARP

Last week after finding out just how damaged my lungs really are, the only thing going through my head was..WHY? All of the assumptions I had made about my asthma throughout the years, suddenly didn’t seem to make sense anymore. I was beginning to wonder if I really ever had asthma at all? Maybe I┬ájust […]

Bronchial Thermoplasty promising?

Posted on 8 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma medical tests, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, People, Places and Events

Earlier this week I participated in an asthma focus group , put on by the Bronchial Thermoplasty equipment. I think there were 11 of us in the group, plus 3 silent observers. The severity of disease among the participants ran the gamut from people who had such severe steroid dependent asthma that they could barely […]