Actually the day after. We call these “dog years” by some of us that have drank too much in the past, for too long of periods of time. It’s a group I belong to, that saved my life. The drink also ruins your health, because although you get some of your health back, statistically we have shorter lives then “normal” people. Why? I’ve read that we are more accident prone, we are more prone to cancers, and other disease “it” just does a lot of damage to the central nervous system and the body considering most of us start in our teens, the damage to our prepubecent selves is irrevocable. Leaving many of us stuck at an early age emotionally, socially, spiritually our whole lives and relationship with others is affected. Every alcoholic or drug addict affects at least 7 people directly in there lives and at least 5 – 7 people indirectly, including family, relatives, bosses, friends, co-workers, on and on. The money lost in this country from addiction is astronomical. When I quit I asked my sponsor what am I gonna do to fill my time. You see boozers and drug addicts spend a lot, I mean most of there time, finding, procuring and using drugs and alcohol, sleeping it off and starting it over again. And don’t ever tell an addict what and how much he should not use. A pharmacologist told me once an addict has a degree in pharmacology. They know the precise amount, and of what drug it takes to get them to the place they want to be.
Well gradually with the help of my wife and family I went back to school found a job in a rehab clinic and began preaching the goodness of sobriety, of which I still adhere to faithfully. I found I was not alone, I rediscovered a lost passion in art and the wood lathe. And thank God fishing. We of the addictive nature are of the addictive nature. Obssessive Compulsive Personality Disorder I believe the DSMV calls it. Whatever we like to do, we like to do it a lot, a lot, a lot,a lot. First it was baseball cards, anybody want any? Then the lathe and then I found Lumberjocks, thank God. In between in 2003 I fell on the ice broke my back in 2 places. 2004, passed out almost had a heart attack broke my tailbone in two. In 2005 I fell and broke a rib and puncutured a lung.. Same year broke another rib. Did’nt bother going to the Dr. with this one. Had emergency surgery on left elbow in 2006 Dr. said if he did’nt fix it I would loose the use of my left arm. You must be tired by now. Well recently I had cancer, (melanoma) removed from my face. About a 4 in scar. 4 days later I was back in hospital with an abscess completely around my rump and a fever for four days of 104 degrees. I was in the hospital for 8 days and only remember the last 3 now that is the stay I like. Believe me I’m not whining, I’m not complaining. I’m damn glad to be here and to be alive today. Cause I should have been dead a hundred times over. God Bless You All May you have a good day too. LOVE TO ALL. One other thing I am very lucky to have some amazing friends here on Lumberjocks,” you know who you are my little darlings.” Billy Crystal doing Fernado LLamas. mike out
-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -