Asthma severity is more than just FEV1

It seems I haven’t done a proper “Breathing Basics” post in almost 8 years. I think this installment might fit under that category. In browsing through some of the posts on various Asthma support groups, personal blogs, or in chatting with people who have asthma or COPD, I often hear someone refer to, or equate … Read moreAsthma severity is more than just FEV1

How low can it go?

Having documented a significant, but relatively slow decline in my lung function over the past decade, Ive often wondered what life must be like for other asthmatics who have a baseline FEV1 below 25%. Well, now I know. According to the last spirometry results, which I did for my annual SARP follow up visit last … Read moreHow low can it go?


Makes me kinda sad seeing this (makes my wallet sad too, $150 down the drain). This is the race I was supposed to do in October. It would have been my 10th full marathon, a nice round number to retire with. I registered for it way back in January on the heels of last years … Read moreDownsizing

PFTs Du Jour

For those interested, here are my latest spirometry results from last weeks SARP follow-up visit at UCSF last week. It’s kind of a bad-good-bad then good-good-bad story. Starting with the not so good news… my initial FEV1 was only 28% (.83 liters) this time. That’s down 4 percentage points from last years visit. The good … Read morePFTs Du Jour

Self Observations: FEV1 and Breathlessness

Always curious about things, earlier this week I did a series of FEV1 measurements on myself. I wanted to see if my dyspnea(shortness of breath)which waxes and wanes throughout the day, would correlate with my FEV1 readings. I took the first reading early in the morning when my breathing is at its best. I blew … Read moreSelf Observations: FEV1 and Breathlessness

12 month Update

It’s almost 2013 and I just realized I really haven’t posted a breathing status update in almost a year. Probably the biggest change that I’m noticing, is that my dyspnea is getting more pronounced and more constant. Where I used get 8 or so “good” breathing hours a day, I’m down now to less than … Read more12 month Update

Trapped in the 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 … Read moreTrapped in the yellow zone

Asthma Update 12-4-2006

Last weeks Pulmonary Functions testcompared to Septembers Pulmonary Functions testI know most of my friends and readers aren’t lung specialists , but all the numbers you see in the far right column should read anywhere from 80- 100 . As you can see ,my numbers are a lot lower than that , and have dropped … Read moreAsthma Update 12-4-2006

Test Results Encouraging?

Most recent Spirometry and skin tests: My FEV1 increased to 1.48 liters ( 44% normal , up from 38% just two months ago) Only a slight improvement , but this is the highest my FEV1 has been in five years. I don’t know what to attribute this gain in expiratory flow rates to. Maybe the … Read moreTest Results Encouraging?

This month’s PFTs

My latest spirometry after taking Albuterol . This is why fitness walking and/or racewalking is such a big deal for me. The good news is that these test results haven’t worsened since the last one done in January. Related Posts:Asthma severity is more than just FEV1The do- another- race verdict is in.Yes, I still walkI … Read moreThis month’s PFTs

Yesterdays Pulmonary Function Tests

This is the actual spirometry results from my appt yesterday. They do these PFT screening tests on me about every 3 months. Over the past 12 months, they worsened only slightly. The good news is that the rate of declined has slowed since I began walking. If the above looks like gibberish to you, it … Read moreYesterdays Pulmonary Function Tests