Some people put them in the dishwasher, some clean them in sink, some soak them in vinegar, some use ultrasonic cleaning devices……. I just boil mine on the stove. At last count I have about 20 reusable nebulizer sets to go with the 5 portable compressors that I keep in various places around the house … Read moreNebulizer Stew
Everyone knows how important daily exercise is for maintaining good health, but I believe this is even more true when you suffer from a chronic breathing disorder such as asthma or COPD. And I don’t make that claim lightly. For 10 years now, Ive demonstrated through my own example, what a positive impact aerobic exercise … Read moreExercise like your life depends on it
Makes sense to me…… Get really sick, spend time in the hospital, come home exhausted and depressed, and then immediately sign up to do a 26.2 mile foot race. But then again I’m probably not your typical chronic lunger. After finishing my 8th marathon back in 2011, I had basically shrugged off the notion of … Read moreSurvive an attack, register for a marathon
Im a Respiratory Therapist who’s been in the field a long time, but I was a quite taken aback when my local Pulmonologist blurred out these sobering words… “Your COPD”, while assessing me on the ward last week. Specifically she said, “we need to find a way to better control your obstructive lung disease” so … Read moreWhen did my Asthma become COPD?
Meet my friend Gayle Myrna. Gayle is a long time reader of mine and suffers from pretty severe asthma herself. Gayle is also an accomplished performer and songwriter. She recently entered a songwriting contest presented by Billy Ray Cirus, the Country Music Association and DRIVE4COPD to promote COPD awareness. Gayle is probably one of the … Read moreGayle Myrna—Inhale the Future
For 5 years now, I’ve been heralding the benefits of daily exercise in people who have severe lung disease. That message is plastered all over this blog, and I believe is the reason that Ive lived so long. But wait, just as with every other facet of this frustrating disease, there’s a catch 22. While … Read moreIs too much of a good thing, bad?
……………….Try saying that 5 times really fast. Before reading this post, you might find it useful to read the first two of paragraphs in the “Rick over at the Respiratory Therapy Cave, does a great job of explaining how asthma can sometimes turn into COPD. *************************** On Thursday I had my first appointment at this … Read moreDarn Dyspnea Dilemma
I didn’t even know that this was out there until anAmerican Assoc for Respiratory Care, a national organization that thousands of Respiratory Therapists belong to. They also put out a science journal called “Respiratory Care” in which I was featured back in 2008. Click the cover to see the article Related Posts:Survive an attack, register … Read moreBoston still follows me
Check out Roxylns Slacker half marathon/relay/4m run in Colorado. Boy, those mountains sure look beautiful don’t they? What blows me away, is that this race STARTS at an elevation of 10,600 ft….thats 2 miles up! These two never cease to amaze me. (Mike and Roxlyn as they prepare their rigs) (to climb this mountain!) Related … Read moreMike and Roxlyn “Slacking” off again.
And it all ends HERE! I FINISHED THE BOSTON MARATHON ! OK, so I didn’t PR. Actually, I set a new PW ( a personal worst) time of 7:31 . But hey, I made it to the Francis called me up and we hooked up out in front of the Expo center. Francis qualifying time … Read more2009 Boston marathon trip/race report
I just wanted to take up a little bit of cyberspace to honor the passing of two people who touched my life in one way or another, and to extend my condolences to the families they left behind. One of them was a friend and fellow lung blogger , the other was the loved one … Read moreSad
This chart represents my dyspnea levels ( shortness of breath levels ), recorded daily for the past 330 days , and is part of a year long research study I’m involved in that deals with dyspnea, it’s effect on ones ability to exercise, and the most effective ways of providing education and support to those … Read moreRecording my life for science……(and $125.00 cash)
I’d like to introduce you to three remarkable people. My friends, Mike, Roxlyn and John. All have severe emphysema, all need supplemental Oxygen…..All are avid walkers and Mike and Roxyln…… are actual Marathoners!!!! Not only do Mike and Roxyln walk/run races with oxygen cylinders in tow, but they do it at 10,000 feet above sea … Read moreI am humbled ……….again