I don’t know what’s causing it , but I’ve had an unusually long string of bad breathing days lately. For the past two weeks , my peak flows and my dyspnea levels have been all over the place. Maybe its due to environmental stuff, like the weather, high pollen and mold counts….That sort of thing. I guess I shouldn’t rule out internal stuff either .Maybe it’s anxiety or stress. Whatever it is, I wish it would ease off.

I have a hard enough time walking when I’m feeling “good”. And , because I have very little lung reserve , it doesn’t take much to wear me out. Today for example, I was able to walk a total of six miles, but I had to stop for a rest break every single mile of it. As for the racewalking segments of my walk, at most, I was able to do, maybe one 50- meter burst, per mile . After each velocity burst, I would ease back down into a fitness walking pace and transition into some technique drills . (which also allowed me to catch my breath without stopping completely.

I just want to have a few good green days so I can get out there and racewalk my ass off, or at the very least, do a six mile non-stop fitness walk.

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3 thoughts on “Greener days are ahead ……..I hope

  1. Brooklyn says:

    I know what you’re going through, and it will get better at some point. I’m impressed that you keep walking; you’re like the Energizer Bunny but without a drum. (Well, Iguess you have the blog to beat, hm?)

    Have you considered the possibility that you might have a lung infection, too? I know that’s not your main problem, but I should think that even a mild infection of the kind most people don’t even know they get would drastically affect you.

    BTw, what’s dyspnea?

  2. Steve says:

    Hmmm….. Energizer Bunny.. my battery’s been running low latetly.

    You might be right about an infection . With me its usually viral. The slightest cold can send me over the edge.

    Regarding Dyspnea; ( a respiratory therapy term)
    As you probably know, “shortness of breath”, is very subjective. The way you experience that feeling might be different than the way I experience. Dypnea is one’s own perception of how short of breath they feel.

    Confusing huh.

  3. Brooklyn says:

    In response to the question you left on my blog…

    My PFTs before IVs (and post-albuterol) were 27% best FEV1. After the IVs, I’m up to 43% post-albuterol. I think it will go higher.

    I followed the link you had on peak flow meters. The whole page has really good information. I was surprised to see that the scales put me in the “severe” range of pulmonary disease. I would have said “moderate” maybe. Severe is like those people with 18% lung function and are on O2 all the time. That’s not me.

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