Double Whammy Asthma

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Dyspnea, lung anatomy, Lung physiology, pulmonary fibrosis, Shortness of Breath

I often find it frustrating that here I am, a life long asthmatic, a Respiratory therapist and an asthma educator, yet still unable in normal conversation, to describe what makes my type of asthma so different from others. When asked to define asthma in general, I usually give the spiel about how asthma is an […]

Is too much of a good thing, bad?

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, COPD, Dyspnea, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, lung disease and exercise, Other Lung diseases, Shortness of Breath

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 […]

Darn Dyspnea Dilemma

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……………….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 […]

Paying for it

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Let’s see….Do a three hour 13 miler, get sick for three weeks. Do a six hour marathon, get sick for 6 weeks. Do a NINE hour marathon , and don’t get sick at all. What’s going on here? That’s right …It seems every race that I’ve ever done fast ,or PR’d, I’ve paid a hefty […]