I feel your pain

Posted on 5 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, asthma advocacy, Asthma Support Group, blogging, COPD Awareness, Dyspnea, Shortness of Breath, Wheeze

Feeling like shit right now? Is your asthma, COPD or other breathing disorder flaring up or bothering you more than usual? Were you searching the web for asthma related stuff as a way to cope with your own crappy breathing? Is that how you reached my blog? Well I can tell you that you’re not […]

Self Observations: FEV1 and Breathlessness

Posted on 3 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma Symptoms, Dyspnea, FEV1, lung disease and exercise, Peak Flows, Pulmonary function tests, Shortness of Breath, Walking

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 […]

12 month Update

Posted on 6 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma and travel, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Dyspnea, Nebulizer treatments, Severe asthma, Shortness of Breath

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 […]

104th trip to the slammer for Asthma

Posted on 11 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, intubation, People, Places and Events, Recovering from severe asthma attack, Severe asthma, Ventilator

Greetings from the 14th floor isolation room a top the Moffitt building at UCSF medical center in San Francisco. Your guest host for tonight’s show is..well, me of course. I’ll be discussing how much fun it is being a patient in the hospital with severe asthma. Just happy to be alive, I was hoping to […]

Your mileage may vary

Posted on 9 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Fitness Walking, Marathon Training, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, Walking, Walking shoes and apparel

Well, despite a few minor setbacks, I still managed to end the year with883 miles walked. A drop of almost 400 miles from my best walking year back in 2006, but nonetheless, still impressive when you consider what I have to work with. Overall, my basic walking routine really hasn’t changed that much, I’m still […]

Laying low, but staying busy

Posted on 4 CommentsPosted in Asthma, Asthma research, Asthma Symptoms, Exacerbation Recovery, People, Places and Events, Racewalkers, Racewalking, Shortness of Breath, Steroids ( prednisone), travel, walking events

Nothing really interesting going on since I got out of the hospital. Though Ive taken a couple of short slow walks, overall Ive been trying to let my lungs heal as much as possible before jumping back into a physical fitness regimen full time. Been spending a lot of this post hospital recovery time doing […]

Brief race update.

Posted on 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, […]

Number 94….a Bad One

Posted on 12 CommentsPosted in Arterial Blood gases, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Asthma hospitalization, Asthma medical tests, Asthma Medications, Asthma Symptoms, Asthma treatments, Bipap, Dyspnea, Exacerbation Recovery, Intubation, Nebulizer treatments, oxygen, Respiratory Therapy, Shortness of Breath, Ventilator, Wheeze

…………..As in my 94th hospital admission for asthma. I had been feeling really crumby most of that weekend prior. My dyspnea was increasing and my peak flows were gradually trending downward. By Sunday evening, it was pretty evident that this flare-up was getting worse, not better. I bolused myself with 60mg prednisone and decided I […]

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

Posted on 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 […]

Getting down to the wire..

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Air-trapping, Asthma, Asthma exacerbations, Italy, Marathon Training, Marathon walking, People, Places and Events, Rome, Shortness of Breath, travel

One week from tomorrow, I’m supposed to be on a plane heading to Italy, but as luck would have it, looks like my lungs might have the final say as to whether that actually happens. As is usually the case when it comes to me and marathons or travel…. it’s gonna get down to the […]