This is my OTHER home
The Local Torture Station
( UCSF Medical Center Emergency Room)
Me on ventilator at UCSF
Bipap with cont neb,. UCSF Emergency room
WOW what a headache. Post extubation
Ye ole Telemetry box
IV in my shin?? Are you kidding me??
5-2011 Fan Mail
Live from UCSF 4-30-2011
Arterial line ( aka A-Line) Beats dozens of blood gas sticks
An IV in my shin and another in my ankle...ouch!
Allergic to everything
Modern technology ( see the propofol pump?)
My 15th Intubation. 6-2-2009 at UCSF medical center San Francisco
This is getting old
5-2- 2008 , Intubated again.
Intubation 6-3-2009 UCSF
6-2-2009 Had a bad reaction to Propofol and had to be sedated with versed, which totally sucks cuz I kept waking up on the ventilator.
Out for the count 5-2008
Finally extubated , feeling better, but really depressed. Im so sick of hospitals. (Heliox tank in the background)
Wish the floors in my house were this clean!
840 Ventilator.....my extra lungs
Boston Slammer 4-23-2009
Look at all the pretty colors!
Hey.. my heart is going kinda fast, but my sats are looking pretty good!
Intensive care unit UCSF
Sucking on a continuous neb and playing with the sat probe
Whoa....showing some skin
PCA Pump ( see my finger on the trigger??)
Middle of the night in the ICU. Messing around with phone camera( October 2008)
I sat in this position for 40 hours. riding the beta agonist train.
(continuous albuterol neb)
( October 2008)
Sitting in the dark wired on Albuterol , waiting for the Asthma Fairy to take me away.
View from my hospital bed ..Is anyone out there?
Ok..this has been fun, but I really have to go now!
Transitional Care Unit
Get me outta here....PLEASE!
Being transferred to the step down unit for good behavior.....they have REAL toilets in the stepdown unit!
Damn my face is looking puffy..darn pred.
Jane ( RN) one of my favorite ICU nurses
Arterial line.....ouch ( but beats repeated ABGs)
Failed A-line attempts by medical students..That s**t hurts!
YES, I'm even allergic to steroids!
ouch ! Ever had an IV in your foot?
Going home directly from the ICU
(That doesnt happen very often)
One of my favorite TCU Nurses... Paula!
I just wanna go home!
Taking the IVs out
More battle scars
4-2008 , Things are looking up. Finally able to roam the halls
Major weight loss. Went from 68kg to 62 in just 9 days
my real name
The worst part is getting the adhesive off .
Scaly gross ...this is what the evil candy (prednisone ) does to your skin.
see the IV hole....gross huh?
I am so sick of tubes
This was a bad attack. I look like I aged 20 years in 10 days
Super Nurses and RT's
Yours truly in the step down unit at UCSF, two days after coming off the ventilator.
Watch the video clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYQwNqgm3Fo
Prison food. It actually tastes better than it looks.
Yummm. Believe it or not, the food is actually good at UCSF
Not too thrilled about having this wire threaded through my nose into stomach..It's very annoying!
Pets are like natural stress reducers.
Ph Transducer through my dose into my stomach.
( part of a research study)
Does my new nose wire make a fashion statement?
Actual exercise stress test at UCSF Clinical research lab.
Boston General Hospital 4-21-2009 Finished the race and ended up in a Boston hospital week..Oh well.
Hospital bill for 6 days in the hospital for asthma
95th hospitalization. I feel like shit. This was a bad one. July 10th 2009
97th admission 1-1-2010
Now Im allergic to propofol...what's next?
and even more lines
Happy camper after having tube taken out
But still need cont. Albuterol ( 1-3-2010)
Yup, that's a pee catheter
Another Arterial line
The ICU Nurses at UCSF are wonderful
Im so sick of these things
One last fix before being cut loose. That's dilaudid going into my arm
One of favorite nurses
full of holes
Failed art-line holes
Me and my guardian angel
pee hose ( I mean foley catheter)
I have no idea what this is
Getting a little tired of all this
My normal heart rate is 54
Showing off my new PICC line
Lets put some more band on my arm!
These things are a godsend ( PICC line)
I have no idea why Im smiling
Just shoot me
Tired of all this shit
Nope, Im definitely sick . I have that "Im tired of breathing" look.
I must be in the ER, cuz I still have my clothes on
New PICC line
OK, enough with the wrist bands
John Muir ER PICC Line in right arm
If you can't laugh at it, what can you do?
IV in my Ankle? Check out the nice bruise!
Another foot IV
A nurse at John Muir Hosp made this for me
Just another A -line
Lived on these for a week
John Muir Hospital
VAP ( Venous access port) 10-2011
New Central Line port ( VAP)
Waking up unexpectedly on the ventilator.
I had a reaction to propofol. As a result, they couldn't sedate me properly
Oddly enough,this picture actually captures how I felt at the time.
Just shoot me!
And of course...The famous foot IVs!
ABGs are good today
April /1st 2013
Suite at club John Muir
John Muir Hosp
Hotel John Muir
ABGS before Bipap
Sleep study 5-2014
UCSF Jan 2016
Ouch, the NG is too big
How I really feel about this disease
ICU at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 2014
John Muir ICU 11-2015
24th intubation, a difficult one.
Talking with the RT students about asthma from my ICU bed.
124th hospitalization 11-2015
Just extubated, 11-03-2015
3 days post extubation. 11-7-2015
Ready to home after 8 days in the slammer 11-9-2015
Home away from home