Techno-Patient

Posted 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 […]

Are ER Asthma Treatment Protocols changing?

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Doctor appointments, Hospitals, Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy

Is it just me or are things changing? Being a frequently flyer in the ER asthma world, Ive noticed more and more changes over the years in the ER treatment protocols for acute asthma flares. Most notably are the changes in dosage and frequency of administering steroids and certain bronchodilators. When it comes to IV […]

For the 112th time

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Exacerbation Recovery, Hospitals, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, People, Places and Events, Severe asthma, Steroids ( prednisone)

Gee I haven’t written about a good ole hospital admission for quite sometime. Since I just completed my 112th, maybe now’s a good time. The theme for this latest admission is fun with steroid psychosis and why IV fluids should always be monitored closely. The fun begins The trigger to the flare leading up to […]

15 months Intubation Free!

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Alternative Asthma treatments, Asthma, Asthma care plan, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Intubation, intubation, Peak Flows, Severe asthma

It feels good to brag about something positive for a change. This week marks 15 whole months since Ive had to have a tube shoved down my windpipe in order to breath. Ive had zero, what I would call “critical condition” type hospitalizations in that time period as well. Granted, I’m still ending up in […]

Self Service

Posted 9 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma Education, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapy, Shortness of Breath

Just one of the advantages of being an asthmatic Respiratory Therapist, though the hospital staff might not be so thrilled. They get a little grouchy when the patients start adjusting ventilator settings 🙂 Now for the serious educational part: The rational for using non -invasive bipap therapy during a severe asthma exacerbations is simply to […]

Hospital stay #97

Posted 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 […]

72 hours of hell.

Posted 7 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Exacerbation Recovery, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, People, Places and Events, Respiratory Therapy, Steroids ( prednisone)

I always try to write a little something about each and every hospitalization Ive experienced, but this is one Id just as soon forget about. In total , I spent 7 days in the hospital, 6 of them in the Intensive care unit, 3 of those days spent on continuous Bipap with an Albuterol bleed-in […]

Number 94….a Bad One

Posted 12 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, Respiratory Therapy, Shortness of Breath, Ventilator, Wheeze

…………..As in my 94th hospital admission for asthma. I had been feeling really crumby most of that weekend prior. My dyspnea was increasing and my peak flows were gradually trending downward. By Sunday evening, it was pretty evident that this flare-up was getting worse, not better. I bolused myself with 60mg prednisone and decided I […]

#84

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Exacerbation Recovery, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone)

Wednesday I was discharged from my 84 th incarceration for the crime of asthma. I hadn’t been breathing well for most of last week, and by the time Monday rolled around I just couldn’t tolerate it anymore (even Superman has his limits.) So at 10:30 on Monday night , Douglas convinced me that it was […]

Just another week in the life of a hardcore asthmatic

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Nebulizer treatments, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone)

I usually don’t post about my hospital experiences because its not a subject I like to re-live. Its an unwanted , terrifying , but necessary part of my life. When it happens , I just try to get through it and then I try to blank it out . Its the only way I know […]