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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

104th trip to the slammer for Asthma

Posted on 11 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, intubation, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Severe asthma, Ventilator

Greetings from the 14th floor isolation room a top the Moffitt building at UCSF medical center in San Francisco. Your guest host for tonight’s show is..well, me of course. I’ll be discussing how much fun it is being a patient in the hospital with severe asthma. Just happy to be alive, I was hoping to […]

Running on empty

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness/Training Update, Italian Language, Peak Flows, People, Places and Events, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), training progress, Walking, Yellow Zone

I actually had something else prepared for this weeks post, but since there’s a good chance I’ll be heading to the slammer shortly, I thought Id do a quick update on what’s been happening. If you’ve been watching my sidebar lately you probably noticed that my numbers have been all over the place. Ive been […]

Asthma guilt trip

Posted on 29 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Childhood Memories, People, Places and Events

How many times have you had a really bad asthma flare, but had serious trepidations about going to the emergency room for treatment? How many times have you felt guilty that maybe you weren’t sick enough to be admitted to the hospital? Well, that’s pretty much been the case for me for as long as […]

Hospital stay #97

Posted on 27 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Bipap, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Respiratory Therapy, Sally Wenzel, Shortness of Breath, Ventilator, Wheeze

Battle scars: 4 failed arterial line attempts and 12 failed IV attempts. I have no veins left and my radial arteries are so scarred up from previous insertions, that it’s virtually impossible to get access unless they put a central line in. Very frustrating for the doctors and very painful for me. I’d been having […]

Number 96

Posted on 9 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Exacerbation Recovery, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, Respiratory Therapy, Steroids ( prednisone)

Thanks everyone for all your kind emails while I was in the slammer. The hospital volunteer who brought the messages to my bedside, said he’d never delivered so many messages to one person , and that I must be pretty popular:-) Sorry I couldn’t respond to each one individually, but I read all one of […]

Brief race update.

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Cough, Marathons, Peak Flows, People, Places and Events, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, walking events, Wheeze

Had a great time and a stronger than expected finish at yesterday race. My final race results aren’t in yet due to a technical glitch, but I think I finished in about 3:07 , which is much faster than I anticipated and probably why I’m having problems today. I felt fine immediately after the race, […]