Hello to all,
I wanted to stop in and say hello to all here. Spring is trying to come to the Chicago area but it's been touch and go with one day being in the 60's F and the next 40 degrees with strong winds and rain or sleet. It does seem like winters get longer and longer but it's probably just my aging makes it seem like that.
I recently celebrated my 72nd birthday and I have been having health problems for the last 14 months. I have spent about 5-6 weeks in the hospital on four different visits. I have been admitted each time diagnosed with septic shock caused by bacteremia. I am going back to the University of Chicago next week to be evaluated by a biliary surgeon and also being referred to the Mayo Clinic to find out how the bacteria's are getting into my blood system. Each of these visits has been life threatening so I'm anxious to find what's really wrong with me. Each time I get out of the hospital it takes weeks for me to get my strength and endurance back.
I am sober and expect that to continue. Alcohol is no longer a part of my life and in November I will reach 10 years of complete abstinence. I cant imagine ever going back to my former life of sitting in a bar for hours several evenings a week. Sometimes I lament about the thousands of hours I wasted by getting drunk and recovering from hangovers but that serves no practical person, All I can do is take the months (hopefully years) I have left to work on repairing damage done during those years to some of my family relationships.
I am still working part-time (about 16 hours a week) but slowly working with my two living children to transfer ownership of our family business to each of the them. My daughter runs the industrial sales part of our business while my son runs the shop. Their expertise is a marvel to me and the new blood is long overdue in affecting the way we conduct day-to-day business.
Judy and my relationship is good as we have both learned to set boundaries and abide with each others boundaries, It took awhile to establish that part of our relationship but we each have made big strides in that area.
I have been unable to spend as much time at the gym as previously because of my health issues but hope that can be remedied soon. Judy and I are still taking ballroom dancing lessons on a weekly basis. I believe it helps my balance, is great exercise and helps ward off memory loss as I get older. It is one of the most challenging things I've ever done and I enjoy it tremendously.
I just wanted to catch you all up a little here and look forward to catching up on my reading here also. Thank you all for being hear and for being a big part of my sobriety.