Trapped in the yellow zone

Posted 10 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, FEV1, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), Yellow Zone

We all know what it’s like to be in asthma purgatory for a few days or maybe even a few weeks, but for 2 months? Geeze, cut me some slack would ya! Seriously, except for a string of 6 days in the middle October when I still on high doses of pred, Ive been in […]

Brief race update.

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Cough, Marathons, Peak Flows, People, Places and Events, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, walking events, Wheeze

Had a great time and a stronger than expected finish at yesterday race. My final race results aren’t in yet due to a technical glitch, but I think I finished in about 3:07 , which is much faster than I anticipated and probably why I’m having problems today. I felt fine immediately after the race, […]

The not so glamorous side of being a severely asthmatic marathon walker

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Achievements, Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Boston Marathon, Rome marathon, Shortness of Breath

Yeah, I made it to Boston , Ive walked the Rome and Portland marathons a couple times, and yeah Ive been written up in lots of walk magazines and medical journals, but I think a lot of people who hear about me or read my blog, assume that because Ive done all these things, that […]

13 miles…. but at what price ?

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Symptoms, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, Marathons, Nebulizer treatments, Peak Flows, People, Places and Events, San Francisco, Shortness of Breath

OK, I’m starting to get a little frustrated. Ive been doing everything by the book in training for the upcoming marathon in March, but it seems that my body has other plans. It was an absolutely gorgeous Saturday morning and a perfect day for walking in San Francisco, but once again, a couple hours after […]

A week of experimentation…..and more confused than ever

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Exacerbation Recovery, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Peak Flows, Shortness of Breath, Walking, Wheeze

Since no one seems to know why Ive been getting so sick, so frequently lately , and since there’s a tendency to blame walking as a trigger,  I decided to do a little experimenting to see if I could find a link between taking long walks, and my breathing flare-ups. Last Saturday just 4 days […]

Discouraging

Posted 7 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma Medications, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, Cough, Marathon Training, Nebulizer treatments, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

Felt pretty good for a few days , even racewalked during a research follow up visit ( more about that later), but now I’m starting to slide back . I don’t know if it’s the steroid taper ( I’m still at 40mg) , or if I’m rebounding, or if I starting exercising too soon, but […]

The red zone

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Air-trapping, Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma care plan, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Dyspnea, Peak Flows, Respiratory Therapy, Shortness of Breath

Yesterday I was in the green and walked 6 miles. Today I’m tittering on the red and I’m unable to do much of anything . I usually don’t post when I’m in the red zone because even typing is a chore , but I wanted to document just how fast things can change when you […]