Over the weekend of the 5th he started coming down with what was eventually determined to be bronchitis. Monday the 7th he couldn't breathe and drove himself to the doctor. The doctor immediately sent him to the ER after getting a look at him. They kept him there for 6 hours giving him breathing treatments, and antibiotics.
They sent him home but he had to go back immediately the next day and was there for a couple of days. He says there were at least 4 times when he couldn't get any air and he thought he was going to die.
He's been home and giving himself breathing treatments and steroids every two hours for about 6 days and as of yesterday is finally loosening up the stuff in his lungs so he can breathe better. His voice is a lot stronger and he is getting back his sense of humor. It only hurts when he makes himself laugh and ends up coughing.