Depressing trend

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Intubation, Severe asthma, Ventilator

Not sure what’s going on. Since 2003 when my asthma started to get really bad, it was for the most part, relatively stable and the symptoms tolerable for several months at a time. Even the exacerbations, while still very severe on occasion, were somewhat predictable. Likewise, my lung function, specifically my FEV1 and FVC, though […]

ICU delirium got a hold on me

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma hospitalization, Bipap, Dyspnea, Intubation, intubation, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), Ventilator

If you’ve suffered from asthma for any length of time and/or have been hospitalized for it, no doubt you’ve experienced some of the not so pleasant side effects of corticosteroids, or possible psychosis from being in the intensive care unit for any length of time. Being in and out of the hospital and on steroids […]

Can smart peak flow meters help prevent asthma attacks?

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, FEV1, Gadgets, Peak Flows

As a person with life long chronic asthma, my exacerbations usually develop slowly, sometimes over several days affording me enough time to take some type of pre-preemptive measure. But last week I experienced an acute asthma attack that came on instantly and out of nowhere. At the time, we were in the sleepy little town […]

The Wonderful Side effects of frequent asthma flares

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Asthma treatments, Exacerbation Recovery, Secondary conditions, Steroids ( prednisone)

Think a severe asthma exacerbation only effects your lungs? Check out the photos below. Each photo was taken appx 2-3 weeks after being discharged from the hospital after a serious asthma flare. Dehydrated? Perhaps, but interestingly, most people retain water while on prednisone. The thing about frequent severe asthma exacerbations and frequent use of steroids, […]

Techno-Patient

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Hospitals, Other medical tests, Respiratory Therapist

The Hospital I go to when my asthma gets really bad, recently upgraded their electronic charting and patient care computer systems. They’re using the EPIC system, which includes a patient portal via the web. It’s pretty cool because things like labs and xray results are made available to patient almost as soon as they’re available […]

Im an A hole when Im sick

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Hospitals, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Severe asthma, Shortness of Breath

Most people will tell you Im one of the sweetest, most caring people you’ll ever meet. But make no mistake, when Im recovering from a bad asthma exacerbation, I can become an obnoxious asshole… I get anxious, I get irritable, I get angry and nasty all at the same time. I snap at everyone and […]

The impatient patient

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Intubation, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Portland Marathon, Steroids ( prednisone), Ventilator

Oh goody, another post about asthma exacerbation recovery. After being discharged from the hospital only 3 days ago, it’s probably a little early to be writing about this topic again, but something is definitely different this time around. The recovery seems excruciatingly slow( gee, where have I heard that before?). In my mind I should […]

So,what brings you here?

Posted on 8 CommentsPosted in asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Exacerbation Recovery, Hospital bills, Questions and Answers

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) […]

Do you know when it’s time to go in?

Posted on 33 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma care plan, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Severe asthma, Shortness of Breath

The idea for this post came to me during the middle a recent severe exacerbation. Actually, it was the same exacerbation that put me in the hospital for 12 days, for which I am still recovering. Foremost on my mind during an asthma excerbation is the question….how bad will it get? Is this flare going […]