Steroids, less is always better

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma Medications, Steroids ( prednisone)

There seems to be more and more scientific evidence these days that less is better when it comes to our favorite poison…ie, corticosteroids, such as prednisone or IV methylprednisone. And that applies not only to day to day maintenance doses, but also to the treatment of severe exacerbations that require emergency hospital care. When I […]

A common cold with not so common asthma

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Hospitals, intubation

Didn’t I just blog about my 133rd hospitalization for asthma? Well make that 134 now. This is getting F’ing ridiculous. This latest flare wasn’t triggered by some massive chest infection or the flu, but by a simple cold….aka Rhinovirus. Id been feeling pretty decent in recent weeks, but just like millions of other people during […]

My 133rd hospitalization for asthma

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma hospitalization, Bipap, Bronchiolitis Obliterans, Intubation, Other medical problems, Secondary conditions, Severe asthma, Ventilator

My 133rd hospitalization occurred on 10-9-2017. The trigger wasn’t the usual environmental allergies or resp infection, this time it was smoke from wildfires that have been devastating portions of northern California the past couple weeks. I woke that morning (4am) to a house full of smoke . It was so bad, we had to put […]

Flavor of the month

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Asthma

My asthma and the various sub-labels used to describe it seems to change day by day. First it was ACOS ( Asthma COPD overlap Syndrome), but because of it’s broad description it seems to be loosing favor with my doctors. One of my Pulmonologists even calls my asthma “Steve Gaudet Asthma” because to him it […]

Never trust asthma

Posted 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma

Never let your guard down or be fooled into thinking that you have this disease under total control. No matter how long you’ve been symptom free or at your baseline, asthma can lurk in the shadows for months, years, even decades. Then WHAM, just when you think the tables have turned and you got this […]

Sally doing her thing

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Asthma, asthma advocacy, asthma awareness, Asthma Education, asthma phenotypes, Asthma research, People, Places and Events, Sally Wenzel

Im referring to Dr Sally Wenzel of course. I never get tired of listening to her speak and educating others on the subject of asthma, particularly severe asthma. So here’s a full hour of Sally goodness! The audience in the video are physicians, but even if you’re not a medical person, if you’ve lived with […]

I almost forgot who I am

Posted 5 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Exercise&Fitness, Fitness Walking, Inspiration, Lifestyle changes, Shortness of Breath

I’m so much more than just the quirky little dude with bad lungs. I’m the original badass asthmatic. I made the words “fitness” and “lung disease” sound cool together. Im the first and only person with really severe asthma ever to finish the Boston marathon. Not once…but 3 times. Im also one who doesn’t gets […]