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 the yellow zone almost continuously since the beginning of September. Just just check my peak flow records. (A year ago I was blowing 360′s)
I can’t figure out if I’m still flaring from the original exacerbation that landed me in the slammer back in September, or if this is a new exacerbation, or if my lung function is irreversibly declining because of so many exacerbations. Granted, I was pretty sick during that last hospitalization, and all the emotional crap that’s ensued probably hasn’t helped matters , but Ive been much sicker than this in the past ,and it didn’t take me nearly as long to recover. I’m really beginning to wonder if I ‘ll ever get back to where I was before I got sick.
Bumping up my pred dose would probably help improve my pfs and my breathing in general, but I’m hesitant to do so, because prednisone, as much as I hate it, is one of the last drugs I have left in my breathing arsenal. If I start getting dependent on higher and higher doses to keep my lung function up, I might not ever be able to come off it. At this stage of the game, that’s basically a death sentence for me.
The worse part for though, is not being able to get out there and exercise. I feel like a prisoner being held captive by my own disease. Held in kind of a white collar crime prison where you’re given some freedom, but not all. Sure, Im breathing well enough where I can do those really slow 2 mile evening walks, but as far as the real stuff goes? the workouts I really enjoy? the walks that are 5 miles or more? Well, I just get too short of breath, and without those longer walks, I can’t really train for any races, and well……just Get me outta Here!
PS…. One of the cool things about digital pf meters, is that you can upload the results to your computer, or in my case to something called the Microsoft Health vault, where you can analyze, trend and/or share the results with others.
If you wanted to impressive your Lung doctor, you could print out a report, complete with graphs and bring it with you to your next appointment. No more having to keep a written diary.