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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Most frequently asked question

"Can you have an asthma attack with a normal sat reading"?
The answer is..YES!
While it's a little unusual to see a person with a perfect O2 sat of a 100% during a severe exacerbation, its pretty typical to see sats in the 94-97% range. The reason for this, is that asthma is a disease of the airways , not the alveoli where gas exchange takes place. Most asthmatics dont desaturate during the early stages of an attack,unless theres a secondary problem such as pneumonia. You have to be extremely ill with asthma if your sats are low.

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