Never trust asthma

Never let your guard down or be fooled into thinking that you have this disease under total control. No matter how good the drugs are or how long you’ve been symptom free or at your baseline, asthma can lurk in the shadows for months, years, even decades, then WHAM! just when you think the tables […]

Im an A hole when Im sick

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 […]

104th trip to the slammer for Asthma

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 […]

It’s been a rough couple of months

October has traditionally been a bad month for my asthma (and I’m sure I’m not alone on that), but this is the first time Ive been sick for most of September as well. No doubt about it… this has been a humdinger of a flare. Ive been out of the hospital for an entire month […]

The Recovery phases of a severe asthma exacerbation

Suffice it to say, I wasn’t exactly a happy camper when I wrote that last post about a recent hospitalization… I apologize for that. At the time, I was roided out of my mind and was still very sick. Dr W helped me get through this awful time by reassuring me that what anguish I […]

Back to Life

[Not lookin too bad for someone who was on a ventilator just 11 days earlier..eh?] I’m not totally out of the woods yet and I don’t want to jinx myself, but for the first time in 2 weeks, I actually feel like a human being again. I can breath! To celebrate, I went ahead and […]

Recovery progress note

So after each bad asthma exacerbation or flare-up, I feel compelled to write something about the recovery phase that follows. You would think that after going through this process more than a hundred times, that I would get use to it. You learn to deal with it a little better, but you never get used […]

Recovering from a bad asthma flare

A lot of attention is focused on what goes on during a severe asthma exacerbation, but very little about what occurs after. What a lot of people ( and even some physicians ) don’t often realize, is that once the initial asthma crisis is over, the party has only just begun. There’s a perception that […]

From the Intensive Care Unit to 5 miles in under a week

Not bad huh? On the other hand , they weren’t exactly quality miles.My legs and feet felt fine, but my darn lungs really held me back. Mile one was a breeze, just the usual bronchospasm I always experience climbing that first hill, but a fast recovery.At the beginning of mile two, which ascends appx 120 […]

Day 3

There will be no “Day 4” . Starting tomorrow , healing and walking will take the place of self pity. Today I tested the waters to see just how damaged my body was. I managed to squeak out 1.5 miles, but man O’ man…was it hard. It can only get easier now, right? Related Posts:Im […]

1st post – hospitalization walk……….if you can call it that

Did my first post hospitalization walk today. Boy…….that was a mistake! Right from the git go , things didn’t feel right. I knew I would have a hard time with this walk but didn’t realize just how much. First of all I wouldn’t feel my legs so , proper walking technique went right out the […]

Battle Scars……Electrode Gum

Can anyone out there relate to this? You’ve been home from the hospital for a few days now, and you still can’t get all that electrode gum off your chest? It’s like a black rubber glue that won’t wash off. You have to literally peel or rub it off your skin! Ive been home for […]

A little better

Today’s walk was more like an Urgent Care visit than an ER visit. A moderate improvement over yesterdays flop. Didn’t get real short of breath until mile 4 . And after a brief rest I was good again, didn’t even need the inhaler. With less than a week to go until the next race, I’m […]