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Rex's 2nd Time Around Volume 2   Sobriety/Recovery Journals

Started 8/31/12 by Rex (rcclark99); 30769 views.
MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

2/25/18

Very happy and relieved to know you're back and recovering, Rex. I wish I could send you some of our heat! Sorry to hear about the cruise but these things happen. And if you had fallen ill on the cruise, that would have been more difficult. Please rest and take it easy as your body heals. All love to Judy.

Rex (rcclark99)

From: Rex (rcclark99)

2/26/18

Thank you margit,

Yes, It was a rough couple of weeks but I'm getting stronger everyday and have just finished with my final round of antibiotics to kill the blood infection. I have a followup doctor visit on Friday so we'll see what my GP has to say.

Rex (rcclark99)

From: Rex (rcclark99)

2/26/18

You have sent us some of your heat! It's supposed to be 53 degrees F today and 58 tomorrow with lots of sunshine.

I did spend several days in the hospital on high doses of dilaudid (hydromorpone) and Norco (hydrocodone). There was no other way to deal with extreme pain. I have no idea how anyone becomes addicted to opioids. They do nothing for me other than make the pain tolerable. I did have a little trouble getting off them (hallucinations etc.) but this has happened to me before after surgeries, of which I've had several.

Yes, there will be other vacations and I should just be thankful to be alive and getting better.

Thank you for thinking of us here.

Hugs to you and your household.

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

2/27/18

So good you came through all that and don't have to juggle opioids. I'm with you, Rex, I had morphine after the hysterectomy -- it made me spacey and as if I was falling in and out of a dark well. Horribly unpleasant and no euphoria, I was very happy to stop.

 

Good to hear you're warmer there. Our dawns and twilights are cooler and more autumnal, owls hooting and a freshness in the air. But not enough rain to make a difference yet.

 

Hugs back, my friend.

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Rex (rcclark99)

From: Rex (rcclark99)

11/2/18

Hello to all,

Although I seldom post here anymore, I do follow this wonderful forum and try and keep up with some great, sober friends I've made here. 

I turned 71 years of age last March and first came here in late 2009 after struggling with alcoholism for much of my life. I had my last drink on November 15, 2009 and can't ever imagine having another one. 

When I look back over the last nine years it is amazing how many changes had occurred.

I have divorced and been in a new relationship for almost 6 years, I have suffered the death of a daughter by suicide on Christmas Eve of 2016. I have also become a great-grandfather twice and while my overall health is good there have been recent challenges in that area.

I still struggle with mild bi-polar illness but medication helps and for the most part it's not a big problem.

Life is short, sometimes difficult, complicated but such an interesting adventure. I will try to get some thoughts together and post more later. 

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

11/3/18

Great to hear from you again, Rex. What a wild trip sobriety has been!

xMary

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

11/13/18

Just another quick heads-up to say Judy has posted that Rex will be having surgery again tomorrow.

All love and strength to you, Rex.

xMary

Rex (rcclark99)

From: Rex (rcclark99)

11/13/18

Thank you Mary, we’ve checked in at University of Chicago hospital and are awaiting my name to be called for prep. We are trying to get at the cause of the numerous life-threatening blood infections I’ve been getting. Hopefully this surgery to my cystic bile duct will help. 

On another note, I will pass my ninth year of sobriety on Thursday, November 15. I could not have done it without the help of you folks here. Many are no longer here from when I started but you and a couple of other mainstays have been a pillar of my recovery.

Love and peace to you Mary.

MaryLouise3

From: MaryLouise3

11/14/18

Nine years already? Time flies ...  and congratulations for tomorrow's anniversary, Rex. And good luck with the op and healing properly, I'll be watching for FB posts.

You're in my thoughts and my secularish prayers, all love to you and Judy.

xMary

Brian (BrianB125)
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From: Brian (BrianB125)

11/14/18

Good luck Rex, I'll be thinking about you.

Brian

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