O2 sats and asthma attacks revisited

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After 9 years of blogging about life with severe asthma, I still get a lot of traffic from people searching the internet for specific information about O2 saturation and how it relates to asthma or the severity of an asthma attack. So for those who might have missed my earlier posts, here’s a recap of […]

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The Recovery phases of a severe asthma exacerbation

Suffice it to say, I wasn’t exactly a happy camper when I wrote that Dr W helped me get through this awful time by reassuring me that what anguish I was experiencing was a normal response after suffering such a severe flare up, and that my complaints were not really unique. But what a difference […]

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The Recovery

A lot of attention is focused on what goes on during a severe asthma exacerbation, but very little about what occurs after. What a lot of people ( and even some physicians ) don’t often realize, is that once the initial asthma crisis is over, the party has only just begun. There’s a perception that […]

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A taper of a differnet kind

Funny how many parallels you can draw between the endurance sports and severe asthma exacerbations. Though I never actually walked one until I was 52 years old, in many respects I’ve been training for marathons my whole life. These are some of the thoughts that were running through my head while I was suffocating in […]

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This is why I couldn’t race this week.

I really must get a new wardrobe. Doug took this picture with this phone cam right after I came off the breathing machine… ( Hey, I have a blog to maintain) failed multiple attempts by medical student to place an arterial line artery. I’m actually allergic to steroids? How weird is that! Years and years […]

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# 87

16 hours on Bipap, 36 hours on continuous Albuterol and 22 blood gas samples later….I’m pooped. This current prison stay took a lot out of me. I’ll be back to my adorable cheerful racewalking self shortly . I have a marathon to walk in 2 weeks …Depending on your perspective, this will either be the […]

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Day 3

There will be no “Day 4″ . Starting tomorrow , healing and walking will take the place of self pity. Today I tested the waters to see just how damaged my body was. I managed to squeak out 1.5 miles, but man O’ man…was it hard. It can only get easier now, right? Related Posts:The […]

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Day 2

48 hours out of the joint and the prednisone withdrawal process is in full swing.Instead of starting my day at 6:30 am , it now starts at 3:30 am. This sleepless pattern usually lasts a week or two depending on the steroid dosage at the time of discharge from the hospital. This is the part […]

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