Category Archives: Breathing Is Life

Breathing Is Life is a health journal with a ton of hints, information and ideas from a nurse who didn’t see her own collapse coming. Although my health crisis came as respiratory distress, Breathing Is Life is for anyone — patients, caregivers, family and friends — living with chronic illness and sudden downturns. (For more background please see, Who is BIP?)

I hadn’t been seriously or chronically ill in 64 years. I hadn’t bothered with baseline lab tests or x-rays in 20 years. My diet was atrocious and I loved to smoke. On December 21, 2016, that train came to a crashing halt. Or, as a friend described the moment an iron band clamped his chest and stopped the air before it could fill his lungs, “They froze. My lungs froze.”

Click any of these “Discussion Categories” to find specific suggestions, hints and reminders:

DISCUSSION CATEGORIES (You’re Not Invalid OR Alone!)
The “Holy Crap, What Happened to My Life!”  Journal.
Dementia? Anxiety? Hypoxia? Hypercapnia?
“(Patients, Families, Health Care Workers: REMEMBER THIS STUFF!)”
Learn to Breathe Again.
Tools: Vital Signs, Oxygen, Home Spirometry, Pulse Oxymeters, Nebulizers.
Give Your New Life A Chance: Daily Routines (yawn), Food Fuel (yech), Smoking (sigh), Exercise (ugh) .
Depression, Vitality and Pithy Rules .
What’s The Big Deal About Lungs?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Some Of Its Strange Bedfellows, Know The Meds/Treatments You’re Using, Odd Effects You Might Notice.
Cannabis, “Canna Oil/Canna Butter,” Legality
Living Rural With Chronic Illness: Local Resources, Building Networks.


Coming soonBreathing Is Life  with helps and hints for patients,  families and medical workers from a chronically healthy nurse who went to work one day and was discharged from the hospital a week later with an oxygen tank in tow.

In the wake of a sudden,  life-smacking medical crisis,  I needed a  place where I could speak as a nurse who hadn’t seen the collapse coming;  a place where other people whose health has been upended over night — or in a matter of seconds — can teach, learn and laugh together because, face it,  breathing  doesn’t have an alternative and the world is short on oxygen humor.

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