Blog changes

Thanks to everyone who followed Training Because I Can! over the last nine years. This blog started with Addison's Disease, hypothyroidism and a crazy idea of doing an Ironman distance triathlon. My life has changed and so has this blog. I am using this blog strictly for Addison's Support topics from here on out. I hope to continue providing people with hints for living life well with adrenal insufficiency.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Very miscellaneous pictures

It's 40 degrees and raining. I've got to run 15 very slow miles. I'd better procrastinate and listen to P!ink's new album Funhouse and post to my blog. Below are pictures from 'town', the ranches where I'm a caretaker and a coulple from my trip to Denver and Boulder a couple of weeks ago.

The buffalo on top of a building in "downtown" Driggs.

Looking south in "downtown" Driggs. That's our one stoplight for 40 miles in either direction.

The biggest and newest building in town. It's 3 stories high.

A fancy Driggs restaurant.

A view from Silver S's pond toward the Tetons. I caretake here.

Cisco at DD Ranch. Somehow he got into where the hay is kept. Did he crawl under the electric wire?

The turkeys greet me at DD Ranch.

Remember the Mork and Mindy show? This is the Mork and Mindy house in Boulder.

The inside of my sister's fridge. It's mostly beer and pickles, people think I'm a picky eater! She's got me beat.

Chautauqua park, Boulder, CO

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Got another migraine on Monday and had the opportunity to use a slightly different migraine med called Amerge that was prescribed by my GP last month. I was taking Relpax before I tried the Amerge. It worked fine and I didn't get a second migraine. I still felt like total crap the rest of the day though.

The Boulder doc hasn't made contact with my GP here in Idaho and I'm a little disappointed because I wanted to get started on his new protocol. His idea is that an area near the pituitary is going nuts and causing the migraines. Some neurotransmitters are being over produced and some under produced. His idea is that I should try an anti-convulsant (Neurontin) and an antidepressant (Elavil) to control the neurotransmitter production. At this point, I'm willing to try anything even if it makes me fat. Elavil's biggest side effect is weight gain.

Here is some information that migrainuers might find interesting. It gives a theory for migraines. There are lots of journal abstracts at the end to document the theory too.

I find it interesting that several of the Addison's people I know with intractable migraines are secondary. This means that the Addison's is caused by a dysfunction of the pituitary as opposed to the adrenals not working.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

10 times in 10 months and dressing up

Despite not feeling fabulous, I ran up to Targhee and back down for the 10th time in 10 months. It was probably the slowest I've ever "run" it. There was a lot of walking! I wanted to do it again today (Sunday) to get November's run out of the way but it's raining down here and, most likely, snowing up at 8,000+ feet.

Wyoming trash on the side of the road - bear spray

A very pretty section of trail that goes up to Lightening ridge

Me jumping off my favorite bike jump. Yeah, I took it myself.

Same view as usual of the Tetons. This is what the Tetons look like in the fall.

Milissa and Alisha at the Knotty Pine on Halloween

McCain the Reaper at the Knotty Pine

Cool painting on a car in Victor, Idaho

Milissa, Flicka and I.

Parson's had a "Dinner mystery" where we dressed up and acted out characters to solve a mystery that Milissa wrote up. I was prom queen and Milissa was on the drill team.

Milissa's mom, Debra, preparing our dinner on cafeteria plates. She served canned peaches, sloppy joes, corn dogs, juice and milk in boxes and

Prom king and queen