Steroids, less is always better

Ive always had a hunch, but now there seems to be more and more scientific evidence that less is better when it comes to our favorite poison…corticosteroids! ( ie, prednisone pills and IV steroids.) And that applies not only to daily maintenance doses, but also to the treatment of severe exacerbations that require emergency hospital […]

ICU delirium got a hold on me

If you’ve suffered from asthma for any length of time and/or have been hospitalized for it, no doubt you’ve experienced some of the not so pleasant side effects of corticosteroids, or possible psychosis from being in the intensive care unit for any length of time. Being in and out of the hospital and on steroids […]

Why I have a VAP

The next time an ER doctor asks me why I have a venous access port, I think I’ll show them this post. But worst of all…. IVs in my knuckles??? No way!! The reason I have a VAP, is because I’m in the hospital a lot for my asthma and because I have very poor […]

The wonderful side effects of frequent asthma flares

Think a severe asthma exacerbation only effects your lungs? Check out the photos below. Each photo was taken appx 2-3 weeks after being discharged from the hospital after a serious asthma flare. Dehydrated? Perhaps, but interestingly, most people retain water while on prednisone. The thing about frequent severe asthma exacerbations and frequent use of steroids, […]

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 […]

The impatient patient

Oh goody, another post about asthma exacerbation recovery. After being discharged from the hospital only 3 days ago, it’s probably a little early to be writing about this topic again, but something is definitely different this time around. The recovery seems excruciatingly slow( gee, where have I heard that before?). In my mind I should […]

Self observations : Steriod insomnia

For probably the first time in 50 years of cycling on and off of steroids, it came to me in a flash last night, that the reason I can’t sleep when on steroids, is not because I have too much steroid in me, but rather not enough. For the past 14 days Ive been in […]

Prednisone Skin

Just one of the many joys of taking prednisone. I know chronic steroid use can cause paper thin skin ( what we call “crepe paper” skin in the biz), which then makes you more susceptible to spontaneous bruising, but Ive noticed lately that if I brush up against almost any surface, no matter how gently, […]

For the 112th time

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 […]

A Cookbook for Asthmatics!

Friend, Award-winning Chef , severe asthmatic and fellow SARP alumnus, Sheila Brillhard, wrote me the other day to tell me about her new cookbook . She created it for people who have to take prednisone for their asthma or other medical conditions. What a cleaver idea! I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how […]

Lessons learned from Boston/

It’s been just over 2 weeks now since I did the Boston marathon, and except for today, which I can’t blame on the marathon, Ive managed to stay pretty healthy. That hasn’t always been the case right after a big race. Looking back on how things played out on Boston weekend, I think the strategy […]

Qvar trial underway.

As I mentioned a while back, at the recommendation of Dr Wenzel at the University of Pittsburgh, I decided to do a 3 month trial of Qvar brand ( beclomethasone) . I’m hoping that adding Qvar to my treatment regimen will have a positive effect on my breathing by reducing the number of flare-ups I […]

Asthma and marathon training updates

It’s generally been a rough couple of months on the asthma front. This disease has been kicking my butt. Seems like I’ve been sick more often than not. A couple weeks ago I started flaring again pretty severely, and, as a result, had to up my prednisone to 50mg for a few days. The prednisone […]