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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.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
That limping I was doing, the use of the elevator, the sitting to get my pants and shoes on, all legitimate. I've got a stress fracture of the femoral neck. I'm on strict orders to use crutches and keep weight off the right hip at the very least until I see the orthopedic doc. It hurts a lot less now that I'm not walking on it.
What did I do to cause this? No one knows but here's my theory...My bone density is excellent, running training was quite reasonable. I think it was a combination of factors, not enough cross training, wearing Crocs to run in when my heel hurt, and basic hormonal problems (Addison's, hypothyroid, low free T3, lowish estrogen). In addition, I kicked the hell out of a couple of things after the aching started and that probably put me over the edge. I also tried to ignore the pain for a couple of weeks before seeking treatment. I suspect many of you feel as I do, I feel like a hypochondriac every time I go into the doctor's office or mention a pain at home. I try to avoid going to the doctor's office unless I'm in a lot of pain or really sick.
What now? I'm on crutches and trying to learn how to carry crap around at the same time. I need to keep weight off the leg. Nuclear bone scan today or tomorrow and an appointment with an orthopedic doc Saturday.
Excellent small town medical treatment! Right from the start, I was treated very well by our local medical staff. I was able to get appointments immediately when I requested them.
- The first appointment with the NP was excellent, upon finding out I had hip pain, she was not shy about bringing in a medical text book and going "by the book" in trying to diagnose me. I refused an Xray and MRI, dismissing my pain as muscular. She prescribed some physical therapy.
- Dan Streubel, the physical therapist and athlete, listened to my concerns, treated my pain and suggested that I get the MRI (several times!).
- I saw my GP about some thyroid adjustments last week, he treated the thyroid stuff quickly and then got going on the hip (I didn't really talk about it, just limped into the office). He told me I had to go for an Xray immediately and set up an MRI for yesterday.
- I got the MRI, my appointment was 30 minutes late because the door was frozen shut on the MRI trailer. Welcome to Idaho!!! Because I'm not a patient patient, I walked immediately to the clinic where I bumped into the GP to tell him I had done the MRI and I wanted the results when he had a chance.
- Noon Tuesday, I got a call telling me that I had the stress fracture (not going to say who but thank you!!). Well, I freaked out a little bit because I was hoping for tendinitis or something. I called the local clinic IMMEDIATELY and got a walk in appointment for 1:30 pm. I was seen immediately by my GP. He gave me some basics, kept me from freaking out, arranged a bone scan, gave me lab orders, got me an appointment with the orthopedic guy much earlier than the girls at the appointment desk could.
- 8 pm Tuesday, I got a call from Dan, my physical therapist, checking on my mental health. Good call Dan!
I'm incredibly pleased that within hours of my MRI, I knew what the basic problem was, had an idea of what I could and couldn't do and had a follow up appointment set.
- I've got to figure out what caused this despite my good bone density and weight bearing activity. Low estrogen??
- Catch up on stuff I've let go over the last few months of running :)
- Create a workout program that allows me to maintain my fitness without hurting myself.
- I'm exhausted. Need to figure out what the hell I can do to not be so tired, headachy and nauseous. Adjust my hydrocortisone amounts? Adjust my hydrocortisone schedule? Both?
- Research about healing stress fractures and getting back to walking.
- This is an excellent opportunity to set new goals and complete goals that were avoided because I was too busy.
That's enough for now.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
You've read it right! I took the elevator. It's something I try to avoid doing whenever possible.
Here's the situation. About 3 weeks or so ago I had my thyroid meds lowered, concurrently, I had a small groin pull. I seem to have developed tendinitis in my hip from a combination of aggravating the pull (kicked stuff HARD with the bad leg twice) and, I think, from lowering the thyroid meds. Tendons in my thumbs became painful during that time as well. Hypothyroid symptoms went nuts. I got my thyroid meds raised and the tendons in the hands and most hypo symptoms are decreasing.
The hip is not so good. Hurts pretty badly. I went to the doctor who referred me to PT. The Physical Therapist's office is on the second floor. I went up 2 stairs and then turned around and went up the elevator. Me using an elevator is a definite indication of the degree of pain I'm in!
The doc prescribed 20 mg pred for three days, 10 mg pred for three days and 800 mg of Ibuprofen. Here's the Addison's thing. She had no idea how or if I should take my hydrocortisone in addition to the pred burst. I highly doubt there's been any research on the subject. I'm nervous about this 20 mg of pred, it's equivalent to 80 mg of hydrocortisone. I will not waste the extra energy that's going to happen from this amount of steroid!! I'm already shaky and sweaty from it. I don't think I've ever had too much steroid before because this feels really weird. I hope I don't get super fat and mean from the pred, that's generally been the case when I've taken it before.
Anyhow, this is too much writing and probably boring to read. I have continued the streak (against my better judgement and the judgement of my husband but completely in agreement with the OCD part of me). It didn't feel good so I brought a cocktail along to the treadmill, some Ibuprofen on board and got it done.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
After 21 days a habit is formed, right? I've hit 21 days and created a habit. Here's what I've learned:
- It's not as bad as I thought it would be
- My garage is really cold (less than 30 degrees when the outside temp is 0 F)
- Crocs are good walking shoes on a treadmill
- Pull ups get harder and harder, even just 3 of them
- I can walk in pajamas
- I actually like starting my day off with a walk
- I can type on my computer and walk 3 miles an hour, I'm doing it right now
- The world would be a better place if everyone in the US would walk a mile a day
Monday, December 7, 2009
One of two unicorns I saw yesterday
Unicorn #2 making silly faces at me
Buffy looking out from behind Travis' ice art
I spoke too soon about the migraine, got a small one Saturday morning. It wasn't bad since I had taken extra HC (for the busy day of party preparation ahead) and Ibuprofen for some pain in my hip. I recovered quickly and got on with the day.
We considered Festival of Trees 2009 a success! It may not have been a huge money maker for our local hospital but it ran smoothly and our guests appeared to have a wonderful time. Pictures and updates on the event at a later date.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Nice view, does it look like it's -15? It was.
Only in Idaho, a pickup truck bed full of mounted moose heads
Another view of the moose heads
Festival of Trees at MD Nursery, Driggs, Idaho
The streak of at least one mile a day and three pullups continues, about 18 days in a row! I'm on the treadmill right now, walking slowly because I have an ouch in my hip..
I haven't run in days because of Festival of Trees, a fundraising event for our local hospital. I am cochairperson with Milissa and we've been working hard on it for months. The actual event is tonight. This week has been tough because it's been so blasted cold, the hip hurts and FoT is taking up all of my time. Anyhoo, FoT has been great because I don't feel the least bit guilty about not running on the hurt hip. I'm exhausted and taking an extra 5 mg of HC but still falling asleep very early.
Good news, NO MIGRAINE for the third month in a row!!! I'm attributing this to doubling melatonin the week before the expected migraine. This is the longest I've gone without a migraine in about 4 or 5 years. For me, migraines are NOT stress related. I'm under a lot of stress right now!!
Although I've been consumed with the fundraiser, I'm still thinking about next year's running goals and how I will accomplish them. It's imperative that I keep thinking about the races because many application deadlines are looming for events that will happen in the spring and summer of 2010! Next week I will submit several applications and commit myself to a few things.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Mamma and her baby (laying down) in the Willows by the Teton River. Heather and I were glad we were on the road with a fence in between and some traffic, just in case!
I had company on my long day and it was great. Heather alone for some, Joanne and Heather for some and just Joanne for some.
Only in Idaho! Behind the clouds, trailers, gas tanks and dogs are the Tetons.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Someone on the Addison's Support Forum got me thinking about why some people with Addison's are healthier than others. My answer was:
Risk taker needs a definition:
Friday, November 27, 2009
Looking up the trail
Looking down the trail to the valley below, Sawtelle Mountains in the background
Trail treasure! I think this is a backpack that has water bladders. It might be used to put out hot spots during a controlled burn. I will return it to the Forest Service office today and find out exactly what it is.
Grouse print in the snow
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Dark Horse Book's tree design
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I hope it's a great day for you and you spend it with the people you enjoy.
I'm going to make a couple of pies and then go out for a run. When I get home, I'll make some turkey breasts and taters. Yum! Later in the day, we'll go to Milissa & Mike's house for desserts.
Speaking of Milissa, she and I are cochairing the Teton Valley Hospital Foundation's Festival of Trees. It's the only fundraiser that the the TVHF will hold this year. Please see our ad. It's going to be a fun event with a Las Vegas theme. We will be auctioning off some beautiful trees and wreaths. For pictures of past year's Festival of Trees or this or join the group on FaceBook, Festival of Trees 2009. Come look at the trees and wreaths designed by local artists at MD Nursery (Hwy 33, Driggs, Idaho) from November 30 - December 4, 9 am to 6 pm. It's FREE, come and enjoy!!
Thanks for reading and happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a fantastic day!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Did I get your attention?
I'm going to see how many days in a row I can do (walk/run/crawl) one mile a day and three pull ups each day.
Why? Cause I feel like it. My friend Colleen "streaked" last year, inspired me and now I'm ready to commit to my streak.
My streak started on November 18, 2009. I'm three days into my streaking!
Do you have a streak that you're going to do, if so, post it in the comments. I want to know what your streak is.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
My new friend Sarah, great on the uphills and finding trail!
I don't believe anymore that life is an out-and-back course. I don't believe that I've circled the cone and am headed to the finish. I don't believe that what hard will be easy in the second half.I believe now that life is a point-to-point course and that we don't have any idea what the distance is. We don't know how far we'll have to go or what we'll find around the corner. We don't know if the next few miles or years will be flat and fast or rolling. And, for sure, we don't know where the finish line will be.Runner's World Magazine, December 2008, John Bingham
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Morning Edition, National Public Radio. Click the link to listen to the audio.
When Americans go looking for information on health, they turn to the Internet as one of their first sources. According to a recent survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 61 percent of adults say they look online for health information. There's a term for them: e-patients.
Most e-patients go online to read about a health condition. But that seems almost passive compared to the way a small group of Internet-savvy people are connecting to get their health information.
About 20 percent of e-patients go to Internet and social-networking sites where they can talk to medical experts and other patients, says Susannah Fox, with the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
"They are posting their first-person accounts of treatments and side effects from medications," says Fox. "They are recording and posting those podcasts. They're tagging content. They are part of the conversation. And that, I think, is an indicator of where we could be going in terms of the future of participatory medicine."
This reflects the growth of social-networking sites. "The Internet now is not just information," says Fox. "There is a social life of information online. And people are using all these tools to connect with friends and family, to connect with health professionals. And people are accessing a much deeper level of information now than they were five years ago."
Ahead Of The Medical Community
Fox says patients are far ahead of doctors and hospitals when it comes to using the Internet. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine last year, only about 17 percent of doctors say they use computerized medical records.
Fox says a growing number of patients are tired of waiting for doctors to share information. "The patients on the vanguard, who understand what's at stake, are saying it's not meaningful if I can't use it," she says.
So they're going to Internet and social-networking sites that allow them to put their own medical data online.
Microsoft last month introduced My Health Info. And Google has Google Health. People use these sites to enter their lab results, or track their blood pressure or cholesterol over time.
The sites say they used advanced encryption, firewalls and other technologies to keep private information secure.
Power From Knowledge Sharing
Jamie Heywood, who created another site called Patients Like Me, says people are used to tracking all kinds of personal information online. So they don't understand why they can't get the records that their own doctors can order up. "What's sad is, you know, they order all this information, and they get it back from the lab, and it comes back in this rich electronic format with all this information on it," he says.
"And in an ideal world, you'd be able to get that raw information just like you can on your credit card for every transaction you do in the world. But you can't in health. It's immoral."
Heywood created Patients Like Me because he was trying to find out about research advances that might help his brother, who later died of Lou Gehrig's disease.
Heywood's site is still small; about 50,000 people have joined. But they come together and share personal information with others who have the same illness, such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia or bipolar disorder.
Heywood says he came to see patients gain power when they share medical information — even the most private of information. By sharing on social-networking sites like his, Heywood says patients can make better choices about their own care.
"The amazing shift is that we've pushed out this concept of sharing," says Heywood. "Which is to say: If you share information about your own experience with this disease, then we can facilitate the conversation that you want to have with the person in the world who is just like you — whether they live in Vancouver, Canada or Australia, or down the block."
You can find another patient who knows what you're going through, says Heywood, someone who "is on the same treatments, is dealing with the same side effects ... whatever variable matters to you at that moment. To find out whether your concerns are justified, they make sense, whether you're doing the right thing — that's the transformation."
The Pew study found that 39 percent of e-patients already use a social-networking site like Facebook. And mobile devices are making it easier. But the source patients say they trust the most remains a traditional one: their own doctor.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Teton Valley, more specifically Victor, looking east to west. Big Holes are the mountains in the back of the picture.
As far as Addison's goes, I'm feeling well. This disease is interesting, it seems to change over time. I've always been a morning person and that has not changed. Now that I'm getting up early, I'm falling asleep EARLY. Staying up until 8:30 or 9:30 has been a struggle. I used to be able to get less sleep and go to be later. Not so much. My concentration in the morning is good, come evening, forming sentences and coming up with words can be a little bit of an issue. I just have to rearrange my life to accommodate my body.
Below are pictures from one of my care taking jobs and from a couple of runs.
The baby is getting bigger. She's 5 months old.
Runner girls on the Horseshoe Challenge loop, out and about before the wind picked up
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Red Creek again. It's my current favorite. It's so peaceful and quiet when inconsiderate motorcyclists aren't illegally tearing up the trails. This loop is supposed to be non motorized. See next picture for the inconsiderate motorcyclist who continued tearing up the muddy trail despite me telling him the trail was non-motorized.
Recognize this inconsiderate guy?
Squirrel tracks (?) crossing the trail.
If you look closely, you can see the imprint of my knee in the bottom, right corner and my hands on the left side. That was quite a slip! It didn't hurt.
Sometimes a girl's got to take a break on the trail for a smoke. They're Lights.
Warm spring in Red Creek.
This looked like a tree giving birth to another tree. Yes, I'm a little weird.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Rudi today. A perfect hiking companion
Dolly (dog), Rudi, Tammy, Nancy and me
Dolly and I at Aspen Trail. I ran some miles in Crocs!! I've got a sore spot on my heel and the Crocs didn't rub the sore spot. It's fun trying something new.
Bridger (dog) and Joanne up near Mike Harris. Big Holes in the background.
A big pile of barbed wire in the ditch
Allison's favorite tree house
A barn in Teton Springs
Harley is tall and wearing jeans to run! Heather is his wife.
Teton Middle School Librarian, Kim, got the kids lots and lots of great new books. She let me touch all of the brand new books first!
A big moment in my son's development. He's eating sautéed mushrooms and onions.