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Reflections on a 58th Birthday

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Blog entry by jockmike2 posted 06-09-2008 04:14 AM 1145 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 -



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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 06-09-2008 04:35 AM

...just keep coming back.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 06-09-2008 04:37 AM

Mike,

I am glad to know you through LJ.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#3 posted 06-09-2008 04:43 AM

Mike, thanks for sharing. It never hurts for anyone to stop and look at their habits, good or bad and make changes.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#4 posted 06-09-2008 05:38 AM

Mike: May God bless you and may he give you many happy years with your latest obsession. May you enjoy the years with your family.

Love you brother.

God bless.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#5 posted 06-09-2008 05:50 AM

Mike, Happy 58, whatever day it was. I believe most of us are thankful to know you as we do here on LJ’s. This web site is a great place because of all the input we give and receive here. I know many people personally and may never really know them. I may never have met you in person but feel that some of us LJ’s know each other in some ways better than those personal friends ever will. Thanks for your support, friendship and sharing yourself with all of us..

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#6 posted 06-09-2008 06:34 AM

Happy 58 mike…thank you for sharing your story…bless you and your family…and everyday we have together with them…including our family at LJ;s…

Your story is important. I try not to preach to my students (high school)...but I really do worry. Knowing my own struggles and the health of my dad who is way too young to be in the shape he is that booze is a tough road.

Again…thank you for sharing your story…its too important. May the next year be your best…one day at a time!

matt

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 06-09-2008 01:30 PM

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. My birthday is January 18, 2005. God Bless.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 06-09-2008 04:40 PM

You ever think that by being over 50, we’re older than some of the wood we’re workin’ on? Glad to know ya Mike…Happy birthday too!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#9 posted 06-09-2008 05:09 PM

HAppy Birthday Mike ….I am 61 and wonder how I made it this far ….

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#10 posted 06-09-2008 07:03 PM

I thank you my friends. Like I said every day is a blessing in itself. I worked in rehab for 12 years and saw many, many wonderful people die. It was truly staggering. I became friends with too many of my clients and it really breaks your heart. “There but for the grace of God go I.” Thanks again friends. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 06-10-2008 12:59 AM

You seem to be like a ole Timex Mike . . . takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’. :-)

Take care and happly belated.

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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#12 posted 06-10-2008 04:25 AM

Mike Happy Birthday. I hit 65 a couple weeks ago which means we are both af an age to be able to speak from experience. Addiction reguardless of the source, including tobacco, is addiction and is incurable but managable, which is why members of one group, perhaps yours always say”I am an alcoholic and I have not had a drink in x # of days/months/years”. I am certain that for many of us the biggest stumblying block was in admiting to ourselfs that we have a problem. Your reflections should cause all of us to pause and reflect. Happy birthday and know that you are never alone. (don’t be concerned about my extra few years you’ll get there soon enough. I hope I’ll be there wish you a happy 65th. ...but if by chance I’m not have a happy birthday anyway)

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#13 posted 06-10-2008 05:29 AM

Mike,
Having just had a birthday myself, 33, I can understand where you’re coming from about looking back and wondering “How the Hell did I survive this long?”. Greg and I’s mom is still wondering too, she is still learning piece-mill some of the things that he and I have done in the past (his days in the Army and mine in Fire/Rescue/EMS) and “socially”.

Just remember that is in the past, that it helped make you who you are BUT it does not define you. Keep going one day at a time and remember…....

YOU ARE ON THIS SIDE OF THE DIRT SO YOU MUST BE DOING ALRIGHT.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#14 posted 06-10-2008 04:15 PM

Thanks fella’s, I certainly am not ashamed to talk of my past and I worked through those issues long ago. I’ve been sober since 86. Like I told a friend recently, I never hid the fact when I was drinking, why would I hide the fact that I’m sober? I’m damn proud of it. I had issues with my Dr. for a long time about the pain meds I’m taking, but finally realized that I would not be able to function at all w/o taking any. Again Thanks to all of you and I hope what I’ve spoke about may have helped someone or even given someone a laugh at the very least. God Bless, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 06-10-2008 05:38 PM

Happy Birthday Mike, I hope the years ahead are kinder and far more gental, Good Luck!!!

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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