No matter how well I take care of myself

Posted 8 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Intubation, Severe asthma, Ventilator

Not sure what’s going on. Since 2003 when my asthma started to get really bad, it was for the most part, relatively stable and the symptoms tolerable for several months at a time. Even the exacerbations, while still very severe on occasion, were somewhat predictable. Likewise, my lung function, specifically my FEV1 and FVC, though […]

ICU delirium got a hold on me

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Asthma, asthma awareness, Asthma hospitalization, Bipap, Dyspnea, Intubation, intubation, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), Ventilator

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 […]

The impatient patient

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Intubation, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Portland Marathon, Steroids ( prednisone), Ventilator

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]