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      ItsJustMe’s Rocky Path back to Sobriety

      Hey all –

      I am now on day 3 AF. I have been pouring over the MWO site for almost an entire day now. I met up with my old friend Choices and she inspired me to start a personal journal. I think this might just be a collection of ramblings, what I happen to be feeling at the time, thoughts, whatever. But as I was reading the journals, I really could relate to a lot of things people were writing. Hopefully this is also an opportunity to “pay it forward” if I can inspire someone or at least let them know that what they are feeling is not unusual.

      So this has been interesting today/yesterday. I went to bed at 9pm – I just didn’t know what to do with myself. Any other time and I would have been three sheets to the wind. I took an Ambien and was out like a light. That is until 2am. Right now it is 2:30am and I am wide-awake. So I figure I am going to run my Friday on about 4 and one-half hours of sleep. Ought to be an interesting day. The good news is that I won’t be hung over.

      The last couple of days I restarted going to the gym. I think about 6am I may do that again.

      BTW, if you are really bored, check out "my story" at http://www.mywayout.org/community/te...8-oh-crap.html
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      HOLY CRAP!!! I fell asleep on the couch and woke up just a few minutes ago. I was having a dream that I found a half bottle of wine and drank it down before thinking it through. I knew my wife would be so disappointed so I was filling the bottle back up with water. That is when I woke up. Jeez! I bet I could personally keep a psychiatrist gainfully employed...

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      Hi IJM,
      I found the journal thing good. Just because I need to get out tons of random thoughts. I stopped posting on it because I was feeling a bit silly writing all my crap down and people don't always check these journals... but that's actually not a bad thing. It makes it more yours I guess.. I tried doing this off line but it didn't have the same result. I hate drinking dreams.. And not being able to sleep! I can't get ambian here in NZ but I remember it working really well. I've got Tynol PM's that I stalked up on when I was back in the good ol' USA. Those work pretty good. It's really tough getting through this thing without proper rest! I am on Day 2 AF. Not feeling too great.. but very, very happy not to be hungover! And happy to be really trying to be sober again.. and not just brushing it under the rug. There must be something about the end of 2015. I don't know if you've noticed but there are quite a few making their way back from the 2010-2012 days. I miss some of the old folks that I don't see around... but I'm glad they have maybe kicked this thing to the curb! The gym helps for sure.. I haven't gone in two weeks.. need to get my butt back there. I hope your having a good day, or night.. whatever time it is with you!
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      Hey Choice! Yesterday was my Day 2 AF and it was pretty rough. I am pretty sure I know how you are feeling. Just wait till tomorrow morning when you get up without the hung over feeling. Even though I didn’t get much sleep, I still felt better this morning than I have in a while. I’m better today. I was off work yesterday and today. I’ve tried to keep busy today. I have a large salt water reef tank that needed lots of attention. It is pretty needy most of the time – but since my binging got out of hand about a month ago, with no maintenance, it was in a pretty sad state. I can say that my corals and fish look a bit happier now – I even think I saw some of them smiling!

      3PM is usually when I start thinking of drinking – My start time is 6PM but 3PM is when I start the debate in my head. And right on schedule, it’s here. Hence why I logged on the MWO. Also, Mrs. IJM is at work, the boys are out doing their thing – so I am here alone with just my fish and dogs….. The perfect opportunity to NOT drink! That half a wine bottle dream was about half reality. There is a half bottle in the fridge…. But it’s gonna stay there. Its strange but I sort of draw strength looking at it and saying “not today… Today, I’m in charge of this rodeo”. Also I want Mrs. IJM to see it and know that the level is staying the same - I could use some positives on the trust side...

      It sucks that you can’t get Ambien in NZ. It has got a bad rap because so many people abuse it. It is great for sleep, it pretty much is out of your system in 6 hours and contrary to popular belief, is not habit forming. I don’t feel drugged when I wake up (as long as I’m not recovering from a hangover that is….)

      I still don’t know what I am going to do about tomorrow night. I really want to have one more crazy night. It’s something I have been planning. I know if I deprive myself then I’m going to be pissed off (my inner child is spoiled). Oh well, I can’t deal with that and concentrate on tonight both. I’m gonna have to deal with things one event at a time.

      Hope you are keeping warm up there. It’s actually in the 60’s here in God’s Country (Atlanta).

      I may post some more later – particularly if Al starts to buddy up to me.

      Take care!

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      Hi IJM,

      It's still morning here and summer... I am in the future lol. As far as the earth turns down under. I'm one spoiled lady at the moment as it's Saturday here and mr. Choices just brought me breakfast in bed while I watch cooking shows and post. It's really nice to have a family who loves me. I think they are my inspiration for being healthy.

      We have an aquarium here that I got a pass to so I could go with my 3 year old daughter when I was feeling a bit house bound. I love watching fish. I would love to have a salt water tank someday.. maybe when she is old enough to help with it. I did get a very small tank.. that we got a gold fish and an apple crab. The gold fish died.. but this crab has almost gotten to the size of a fist. Everyone thinks it is disgusting except me. I did the same thing though.. let the tank go and yuck! I cleaned it yesterday, and I swear.. this little big guy is really happy.

      I can see what you mean about one last hurrah that's a tough one. Each time I drank too much during this 18 month relapse.. I would just feel so horrid. My husband said.. "Your in control, it starts and stops with you" But I wasn't in control because once I started... even by the first sip.. I wasn't in control Even the thoughts prior.. I'm not so sure I was. 3pm was when my thoughts started too. It was like I was at a job clock watching until 5 when I'd pour my first glass. I'd feel really in charge if I waited until even 5:05. I digress!

      I'm just wondering if your trying to build up some trust.. wouldn't pouring the wine out and not smelling like wine be easier for you? That sounds like torture to have it in the fridge! And if you talk about it with your wife how you don't want to drink next weekend, but still want to make it romantic... I'm sure she will more then be on board. But your right. One day at a time!

      I actually drank when I was on ambian once and ended up sleep walking... It was Thanksgiving and I was staying at my friends cabin in the rocky mountains and was wandering around in the snow looking for my dog... who was back in the city. But there is the warning not to drink on that stuff.. I'd get it here if I could though.

      Well, I hope your evening goes through peacefully and isn't the devil/angel on your shoulder kind of night!

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      Jeez, I'm a dumb a$$. You said NZ and I read as Newfoundland.. It just hit me after I read your last post. Well it is 6:54PM. 54 minutes past my normal happy hour. Things are starting to ramp up in my head. My heart felt like it was beating out of my chest. The house is 71F (Yes, I have the A/C on in mid December...) and feels like a sauna. Last year I was prescribed some Xanax that I never took. I just dug them out of a box in our master bedroom and popped 1mg. Hopefully it will kick in pretty quick. I'm actually afraid to take my BP right now. Mrs. IJM should be home from work in about an hour and a half. I think that once she is here I will be much better. Idle hands - I ran out of stuff to do. Cleaned the kitchen, prepared dinner, made the bed, cleaned the bathroom, wrapped a bunch of Christmas presents... I'm out of stuff. Things I could do I guess:
      - Stand in front of a mirror with my eyes closed and see what I look like when I sleep
      - Cut open a drum and see what makes the noise
      - Go down to the river and watch the blood vessels come in
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      I'll make it but I may end up in a padded room along the way. Been reading MWO post after post for the past hour....

      If you decide to set up a salt water reef aquarium, it will make maintenance of your gold fish feel like taking out the trash. It is a very rewarding hobby, but it is very delicate, very precise, your water chemistry, water temperature, etc has to be within a frogs hair of perfect. I would never talk anyone out of it. To me, I love sea life. My wife and I both have advanced open water SCUBA certs and are very active divers. But I have had so many friends get started, get about $2-3K (USD) into it and decide it is way too much time and effort. I always recommend people start with a fresh water tropical tank - it's alot more forgiving and much much less expensive, and see if they are up to the challenge. I can say it is so rewarding to us. When we dive reefs, we point out sea life that lives in our tank. Really cool!

      Ok, sorry for all the verbal diarrhea...

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      Talk away! Whatever helps! I definitely would love the fresh or salt water fish tank as a hobby one day.. Just to much going on with a toddler to focus on the technical side at the moment. I think it's good you took the Xanax hopefully it's working by now. It sounds like you have been really busy! If I came home an hubs had done all of that I'd be psyched! Not long now until she is home like you said.. So go 15 min at a time if you need to. We just got back from swimming class with our kido. And now taking turns relaxing until we go to the playground. I love the sea too. We live really close to the beach and it really can be healing. I think sometimes you can do all the things to keep yourself from drinking and sometimes it's just hard. Your doing great.

      I kind of wish I was in Newfoundland One thing I really miss from home (Colorado) is the snow at Christmas time.. And skiing
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      So as the night gets later, so does the cravings. So, I figured "idle hands, devils workshop..." so I made up a little surprise for Mrs. IJM for when she gets home. She is an RN and is on her feet all day.

      Here it is:

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      Looks amazing!!! I know she will enjoy that. Who wouldn't?

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