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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 521 days ago

A fascinating outtake from this….

At first the cause was thought to be my nail biting. Then the MRI showed that it was a puncture to the bone. Anyway. I’m 58 yrs old. I’ve been a nail biter for 55 years. All the neurons that constitute a ‘habit’ had grown and connected and it was a done deal. Nail biting was as real to me as breathing. I tried to stop a couple of times but it was a chore and I gave up each time after a couple of months.

After hearing the prognosis of amputation and the (then) cause of infection entering by nail biting my OCD issue suddenly stopped. It was as if I had never bitten my nails, ever in my life. No need to, no desire to, and I haven’t done it for two months. Whatever neurons that connected in my brain to make this habit permanent were suddenly rerouted or severed. Like an alcoholic waking up one day with no recollection of ever having a drink and never desiring one again. I am amazed at this phenomenon. I’ve heard of it when people who have smoked all their lives and with a diagnosis of cancer suddenly stop cold. With me it’s my nails. So, so strange.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.


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