I feel your pain

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, asthma advocacy, Asthma Support Group, blogging, COPD Awareness, Dyspnea, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

Feeling like shit right now? Is your asthma, COPD or other breathing disorder flaring up or bothering you more than usual? Were you searching the web for asthma related stuff as a way to cope with your own crappy breathing? Is that how you reached my blog? Well I can tell you that you’re not […]

Plan B

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Achievements, Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma & Exercise, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness/Training Update, lung disease and exercise, Marathon Training, Marathons, Portland Marathon, San Francisco Marathon/Half marathon, Severe asthma, training progress, Walking, walking events

Yesterday I completed my final “test” walk in a series of trial walks that started a month ago to see if training for a future marathon might be doable. The plan was to do the Portland marathon this October ( my 3rd time) and then hopefully obtain a qualifying time to enter Boston in 2014 […]

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Trapped in the yellow zone

Posted on 10 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, FEV1, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), Yellow Zone

We all know what it’s like to be in asthma purgatory for a few days or maybe even a few weeks, but for 2 months? Geeze, cut me some slack would ya! Seriously, except for a string of 6 days in the middle October when I still on high doses of pred, Ive been in […]

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Asthma Breathing Zones

Posted on 18 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Education, Asthma Education, Asthma medical tests, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Yellow Zone

This is the 2nd installment of my “ Breathing, the mini series“. This one is more for the non-asthmatics out there, but I think some of our lung challenged friends might learn a thing or two as well. If you hang around asthmatics or browse as many personal asthma blogs as much as I do, […]

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 […]

Behind that finish line smile

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Boston Marathon, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Leg cramps, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Marathons, Mobility Impaired Division, Nebulizer treatments, People, Places and Events, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, Walking, walking events

Ok, so I look really strong in some of my finish line photos, but believe me.. looks can be very very deceiving. I’m an expert at hiding what I feel inside (I think most asthmatics are, to some degree.) Behind those smiles were waves of excruciating pain shooting down my legs. My breathing was really […]

I still have it !

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon Training, San Francisco, Shortness of Breath, Walking, Wheeze

Whatever IT is, I must still have it, because today I walked 10 miles. And I couldn’t be happier about IT! I think this tune kinda captures the mood for the day. I’m Alive (by ELO) Now, I’m not going to say it was easy, cuz it wasn’t. In fact, it was one of the […]

The nights are the worse.

Posted on 17 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Peak Flows, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

Ever notice the time stamp on many of my blog entries? I usually compose and publish them in the early morning hours…sometimes way before dawn. You know why? Because I’m usually awake at 3 or 4 in the morning. And why am I up that early? Because Ive usually had a bad night of breathing […]

Laying low, but staying busy

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, Exacerbation Recovery, People, Places and Events, Racewalkers, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), travel, walking events

Nothing really interesting going on since I got out of the hospital. Though Ive taken a couple of short slow walks, overall Ive been trying to let my lungs heal as much as possible before jumping back into a physical fitness regimen full time. Been spending a lot of this post hospital recovery time doing […]

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, […]

Darn…..and I thought I was unique!

Posted on 11 CommentsPosted in Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, People, Places and Events, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone)

Thought my fellow asthmatics might get a kick out of this. A few days ago I chatting with friend and famous asthma researcher ,backsliding. Related Posts:Im going to Pennsylvania to be studied.A SARP’in we will go……. Bound for BeantownHospital stay #97The SARP experienceOff to the Burgh for the SARP