Never trust asthma

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma

Never let your guard down or be fooled into thinking that you have that this disease under total control. No matter 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 have turned and you got […]

Im an A hole when Im sick

Posted 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 […]

104th trip to the slammer for Asthma

Posted 12 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 […]

It’s been a rough couple of months

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, blogging, Boston Marathon, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Marathons, Recovering from severe asthma attack

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

Posted 124 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Exacerbation Recovery, Other medical problems

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 […]

Recovery progress note

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Boston Marathon, Exacerbation Recovery, Sally Wenzel, Shortness of Breath

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

Posted 13 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Exacerbation Recovery

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

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Walking

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 […]

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

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon Training, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, Walking

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 […]