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Rae returning    Sobriety/Recovery Journals

Started 6/17/08 by Rae (raeanne50); 34502 views.
cookly

From: cookly

Oct-29

hello MaryLouise,  I was admitted to hospital Oct 19 due to a suicide attempt, caught by my neighbour fooling around with a  hose on my car exhaust pipe, discharged yesterday. Happy to be home with my animals. I received excellent care. I'm connected with an alcohol counsellor, a grief counsellor and a new psychiatrist with phone appointments booked for next week with each of them. I see now that I can't stay sober on my own without this professional community support team. 

In terms of personal relationships, I'm staying away from critical family members including my daughter and  brother, and finding, to my surprise, its not so painful to  do that. The bonds will heal or they won't; nothing I can do about it. I do have the support of a few friends, and my nieces and nephews. 

all for now, love Rae  

LolaBug

From: LolaBug

Oct-30

Rae, I'm so sorry! Thank goodness for your neighbor. Thank goodness for the help you're receiving from professionals. Please, please stay with us. "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."

Having said that, I do get it. At one point I gave myself an "expiration date." My life wasn't going well, so I decided if nothing good happened, if nothing changed by a certain date, then off I'd go.

Something positive happened and here I am. Still struggling with life on life's terms, but working on it and finding tiny things to be grateful for. 

I mean, at times my gratitude list has included, " I have teeth." The bar was set really low that day!

Circumstances change. Please stay here with us.

Brian (BrianB125)

From: Brian (BrianB125)

Oct-30

Rae,

Good to hear that you are ok,  Know that lots of us here are rooting for you.  Keep letting us know how you are doing - and talk to us any time you want.

Brian

cookly

From: cookly

Oct-31

Not antabuse, but there's another drug that doesn't make you sick if you drink, but it somehow renders the alcohol useless.. you won't feel the effects. Can't remember the name but I'm going to look into that. Antabuse was not mentioned during my meetings with professionals, but another patient was about to start it  so the two of us discussed it quite a bit. It's entirely possible it wasn't recommended for me due to the new  psych med I've been started on. Seems my previous one was just no longer working after ten or more years, so I'm easing off that while starting small dosage of mirtazapine . 

sunflower Rae 

cookly

From: cookly

Oct-31

Hi LolaBug, thanks for all that, happy to be back. You didn't set the bar that low at all since I don't have any teeth, nary a one. I have dentures. No complaints  though, they function just fine. But yes, gratitudes however seemingly small, are really important. 

maple_leaf Rae  

Brian (BrianB125)

From: Brian (BrianB125)

Nov-1

Whatever it takes, Rae, just good to hear you are doing better.

Brian

LolaBug

From: LolaBug

Nov-3

Dentures count as teeth in my book. You're covered. I used to work in a nursing home and was bitten by a woman with dementia and a full set of dentures.

cookly

From: cookly

Nov-4

Hahaha. See, they work just fine ! 

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