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Crusty your description of your migraine sounds exactly like the ones I was getting. I used to get 4 to 6 of them a month. A VA doc put me on amitriptyline once a day to prevent the headaches. It used to be for depression then they found out it also prevents migraines. Now I get maybe 1 a month and they said I could take sumatriptan ( a generic for Imatrex) and that knocks the headache right out when I do get one.
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hope you're feeling better. i used to get migraines a lot as a kid, cheese and chocolate set it off.
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Migraines and Toys


Iíve written about my migraines several times but each time I mention one in a Snippet, thereís somebody who has also had the misfortune of having experienced them, as well. Usually they try to offer helpful suggestions, which is understandable. If youíve ever had one, you know just how miserable they can be and if youíve found a source of relief, you want to share that with other sufferers. To put it bluntly, migraines suck.

One of the interesting things about migraines is that there is no one thing that helps everybody. Every ďCureĒ works on percentages of sufferers. This helps 78%; or, if you take this daily, it will reduce the frequency; or, this doesnít work for you in a pill form, but if you inject it, it will abort the headache; and so on.

Iíve had migraines all my life. The earliest one that I remember was from when I was 4 or 5 years old. Iíve seen numerous doctors and Specialists over the years; I even spent several months going to the Faulkner Hospitalís Headache Center having every possible test and trying different things. I charted my headaches; I charted what I ate, when I got one, my stress levels. I tried self-hypnosis, and relaxation therapy. Iíve tried more different drugs than I can recall. The end result is that Iím one of those individuals that gets migraines, period.

My migraines have changed over the years. Up into my 20s, when I got a migraine, it would be extremely agonizing. The pain would invariable have me vomiting repeatedly until I was able to pass out. Once I woke up, the headache would start to subside.

Once I hit my 40s, the migraines started getting less intense. I was able to continue working if I had one at work. I remember when that started happening. I was miserable, but I could still do my job. Iíd lost several jobs because of my migraines, so to be able to work while having one was a major accomplishment.

My migraines have changed in other ways as well. In the past decade, or so, Iíve had Visuals (Aura) without having a headache afterwards and Iíve had Migraines without any precursor Visuals. The intensity of the pain varies between headaches, too. Sometimes it isnít that bad, while at other times Iím back to vomiting levels. Sometimes the Visuals get so bad, Iím almost totally blind, and sometimes they are just a light shimmering that isnít that bad. The strength or duration of the Visuals doesnít seem to have any relation to the severity of the pain from the headache.

The bottom line is that I get Migraines. I donít know what triggers them and Iíve never found a cure for them. Iíve just learned to accept that fact and I try to live my life in spite of them.

Over the year, I buy little trinkets and stash them. I usually do it when Iím at the Supermarket buying groceries. Iíll pick up little toys like a nose that grows 10 times its present size if you put it in water for a day or so, or an egg of Silly Putty, a matchbox car, or maybe a squirt gun. The one common thing is that they are all small and (I think) fun. I save these toys to put in a package for Christmas. This year, Iíve decided to bring them with me to Australia. So yesterday, I sorted out my collection and put it in a bag. There arenít as many toys there as I would like, but they sure are diverse. A rubber chicken that you fire off your finger tip like a slingshot really looks like fun, to me. Anyhow, the bag of toys got sorted in spite of my headache, and now itís sitting on my dining room table right beside the bag of taffy and the cans of beans. I really hope I get a friendly Customs Agent in Brisbane. One like last time I went there. With my Luck, Iíll get the one whoís having a bad day and who doesnít like my face and will confiscate everything, just because he can.

I was going to write about sleep and a lack of enough of it, but Iím tired, the remains of the Migraine are still there and I want to fix something to eat for breakfast. Iíll save that topic for another day.
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From what Iíve been seeing on the news today south east qld and nsw is crazy with bushfires today.



I think nsw is getting the worst of it but a town on the Sunshine Coast was evacuated today. Some of the pictures coming out of nsw are terrifying.

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What Got Me


Over in General Discussion, Glamazon started a thread titled, What Got You Into Bikes. A number of people have replied, and itís interesting to read, but when I look at myself, there were a number of factors and I think to do it right will take a Snippet to describe it all.

I was really into bicycles when I was a kid. I grew up in a poor neighborhood and didnít have anything fancy, but I loved to ride my bicycle around town. My first bicycle was one that my mother won in a raffle. It was small and the pedals were always moving when the back wheel was turning. You couldnít coast on it unless you had your feet off the pedals. It also didnít have any brake. But I learned to balance on it.

Eventually, I got a one speed that had a back brake and the pedals werenít always spinning. If I stepped back on the pedal, it worked the brake. I used to ride that to school, and all over. Then, I got a real bicycle. It had 26Ē wheels and a three speed rear hub. It had brakes on both wheels; it could go and it could stop. I learned how to change tires and tubes and how to adjust the shift linkage and I really rode it a lot. The summer I was 15, I would ride to Walden Pond (of Henry David Thoreau fame) with a friend or two to go swimming. It was 10 miles each way, but I thought nothing of it.

Time went on and one day when I was 18, John Annal had borrowed a friendís Harley 250 Sprint. He gave me a ride and I knew that I didnít belong on the back seat. That ride lit the pilot light of my desire to ride, but I didnít know where or when Iíd ever get a bike.

A couple of months later, I hitch hiked to Albuquerque from Massachusetts. While there, Janie had a Honda 90, and she taught me how to ride on back streets. We had a couple of sessions and I picked up pretty quickly how to ride. She was going to a concert in Denver over the weekend and was going to be away for five days, so she left the bike with me so Iíd have transportation. I couldnít stop riding it. I rode it all night long on Saturday, just riding around the city. When Janie got home on Monday, Iíd put over 400 miles on the bike. I was in love.

I was unable to find work in Albuquerque, and I moved back to Massachusetts and my parentsí house. I got a job and life was getting better. I had told my folks that I wanted to get a bike. My mother was dead set against it, but one night at dinner, my dad asked me what I knew about BSAs. With my vast store of wisdom, I told him that they werenít as fast as a Triumph, but they were more reliable. (Boy, was I wrong!)

Dad was working on a drilling and blasting job that was beside a bike shop. Heíd been talking to the service manager and they had a í68 BSA Lightning with only 3500 miles on it for sale. I went and looked at it and Dad co-signed the loan and a few days later I had my own motorcycle.

That bike taught me that Reliability and BSA were at opposite ends of the spectrum, but it felt so good to ride it didnít matter. There was a high in riding motorcycles that no drug could match.

Since that summer evening in Albuquerque in 1969 when I rode Janieís Honda 90 all night long, Iíve been hopelessly addicted to riding motorcycles. And even though that BSA Lightning was such an unreliable piece of crap, when it was running, it was an ethereal experience to ride it. It set the hook in my motorcycle addiction. I hope I never find a cure for that addiction.
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Thank you for that read brings back memories!
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Had a BSA A65 in 1976/77. Mine was a real bitsa, 62 engine, 64 frame, later put it in a 71 oil in frame chasis. Mine leaked oil occasionally & sometimes electricity! Burned some rubber & some shoe leather with it. I remember it was a real vibrator compared to a Triumph or Harley!
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BSA's had a bad reputation, but I had a '68 Firebird Scrambler that must have been the exception to the rule. A Firebird Scrambler was a Lightning with high pipes. I think it was a 1 year only model. Got it new in '68, put 180,000 miles on it in the 9 years I owned it. Did an over-bore & valve job at around 95,000. Only major work I had to do. I did carry 2 sets of points/condensers & a spare coil & tools with me at all times, tho. The Prince of Darkness really lived up to the reputation, back then. It was faster on top end than the Bonnevilles & Sportsters but couldn't best a Sportster in the 1/4 mile. Power wheelies in 2nd gear. Lots of fun, lots of work. Loose fasteners & electrical gremlins were a weekly chore. In the first 2 or 3 years, I ended up rewiring the whole bike & replacing all the lighting, too.
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Firebirds carried on til the 70s. They were a rare sight over here (UK). Saw a late model one for sale at £7000!
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They were rare here, too. Never saw another on the road. Still regret selling it. Still got my old BSA sweatshirt, tho. Stapled to the wall of my garage. It's probly worth about a penny. lol
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