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I am sorry that your Mom is deteriorated to that point. It must break your heart. All you can do is be the best daughter you can, asking for guidance along the way. I am grateful that I stopped drinking before the damage was too great. I certainly know I am not as swift as I was when I was 20, and it's not all age.

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I took Mom to the neurologist today. He says she has, in addition to cerebral amyloid angiopathy, a thiamine deficiency that is so advanced as to be Korsakoff Syndrome, also known as wetbrain. I didn't know wine drinkers could get wetbrain, but I guess they can. I have heard the term "confabulation" but didn't really know what it means. It's when someone invents a story, then believes it as truth. We've been laughing about that in Mom for a while now, and it is a major outward symptom of Korsakoff's. Her doc many years ago noticed a thiamine deficiency and told her to take pills, but never told her to stop drinking. There aren't many other causes but drinking. As a long time recovering alcoholic, I'm amazed that I have glossed over Mom's symptoms, but there isn't anything I can do about it. She believes she drinks one glass of wine a day. It's more like 5 , a lot for an 85 year old woman. This will kill her, literally. In the rooms we see recovery, and deal with the mental and emotional part of the disease. They physical part is for active drunks, and I very seldom see them anymore. Now there is Mom.

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1/30/13 4:21 P

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Things are going well for me, in the grand scheme of things. My husband is currently laid off, but so far we are making ends meet. We have to be grateful we have a roof over our heads, food on the table and friends and family to support us. That fear of economic insecurity has not raised it's ugly head. I have faith that things will work out, and they do.

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1/28/13 11:59 P

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Was at a meeting, many people two newcomers, hope they make it... used the support of another OA member to get my bills paid...

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1/28/13 6:27 P

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I am sitting here waiting for hubby's son to leave. I try to eat at 6 sharp every night. I am ready to add the milk to the tomato soup he asked for and melt the cheese on the bread like he asked, but I have to wait until his son leaves. It's hubby's 75th birthday so I can't be upset, but I hate dinner being disrupted. A couple of weeks ago, he called just as I was putting dinner on the table. I ate, cleaned up, and had to reheat hubby's dinner. DS and his family eat at 8 every night like Europeans, but I go to bed at about 10, and I have to wait about 4 hours after eating or I can't sleep.

Just irritation after irritation, and I know I should be more flexible. Sorry just venting.

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I wish I was at the gym instead of work today...

I will make it there after work though..

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1/28/13 3:57 P

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I got out for a walk yesterday and today, finally. It has warmed up enough to be enjoyable again. This morning there was 3 or 4 inches of fresh snow, with more softly falling. It was so beautiful in the dawn light.



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1/28/13 8:42 A

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Woke up in my own bed to an icy morning. I don't have to go out for awhile, so it will just be wet by the time I have to hit the grocery store. Today is my DH's 75th birthday, so it will be a Him day.

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1/28/13 12:18 A

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WOke up early, made the ginger the, feel ok and hope for a great week!

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1/27/13 5:55 A

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I will plan food and exercise for the coming week today - and I will pay my bills!

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1/26/13 6:49 A

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I am going with my husband today to visit his Dad. My FIL asked me to help deal with his wife's belongings. She passed away from cancer last June. It is going to be a hard day but I know I can pray and ask for help to say and do the right thing today. Have a sober Saturday and enjoy life. You only have one.

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1/26/13 6:30 A

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I'm off to my sister's in Atlantic City today! Just overnight but I am SO ready to see my sister!!

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1/26/13 2:08 A

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We got warmer weather for a couple of days, which means around zero. It is grey but I do prefer it more than thos beautiful sunny dreadfully cold ones my favourites are spring and autumn, april and september...

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1/26/13 12:31 A

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Happy Friday! I'm completely frayed by this workweek. Off to bed soon. G'nite all.

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1/25/13 4:56 P

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I guess living in So. California most of my life has given me no physical endurance for the cold. It's raining again today, which is great, but the temps. are still 55-60 degrees during the day. You guys would be sweating in these conditions.

Glad to hear all of you are sober, coping with the challenges of keeping healthy, and surviving the winter.

Wishing you all safe, healthy days.


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1/25/13 2:50 P

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Winter weather in Canada really tries my acceptance level but I seem to be better this year than in previous years. Usually by this time of winter I am starting to get depressed and moody, but not this year. Maybe the week in 80F sunny temperatures helped.

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It's hard to get out of the house and get going when it's this cold. But spring isn't that far off. 6 months from now I'll be moaning about the heat again.

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I woke up this morning and realised that I fell really lost for the moment. The cold contributes to a depressive moodut I should be able to calmly keep on walking towards my goals.

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It's warmer here too. It was -21 this morning but windy. Next week it will be near or above freezing. Then I will be able to get back to walking. I am looking forward to it. I feel so much better when I get some exercise.



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Today it is "only" -15 C...it is funny thta after a morning with -20, a morning with -15 seems warm... I do hate the cold, it scares me and makes me feel very uncomfortable. he forecast says that it will be around zero this weekend and that is for the moment all that matters...

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1/23/13 11:11 P

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Hello Freezing Team...........Wow, I truly cannot imagine temps like that. Congratulations to all of you who stay fit in that cold, cold weather. Wheeeewwww....you are my heroes.

Life is good! I'm continually amazed at how many gifts I've been given in sobriety. My moods can swing, but I am ALWAYS glad that I am lucid and able to remember every minute.

I've been keeping on track with my goal to run (or walk) 600 miles this year. It is keeping me consistent in retirement since I don't have a regimented schedule like when I worked. It feels good to be as fit as I possibly can be at 60. I couldn't have done any of this drunk.

I'm going to be blessed with a grandson in June, to accompany my granddaughter who will be 2 in June. They will never see me drunk. I love the daily reprieve contingent on my spiritual maintenance!!! What a blessing.

Blessings to all of you!!!

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1/23/13 2:45 P

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It was -36C when I got up this morning. About the same in F. Not conducive to going for a walk. The poor dog kept raising her paws and hopping when I let her out before I went to work. I don't usually mind the cold, but this is a bit much!

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1/23/13 10:07 A

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It's 14 degrees here (-10C). This is a good day to stay indoors and clean.

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-20, sort of paralyzes me. DOn΄t want to leave bed today...

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1/22/13 1:13 A

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Went to the lunch meeting yesterday, really made me feel good for the rest of the day.

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1/21/13 9:45 A

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I know a guy in the program who had the same problem: a youthful indiscretion that kept him from entering Canada a few years back. He had clients in Canada, though, who needed him so they did whatever it is they do to let him enter the country.

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I wonderif teenagers realise how long a criminal record will follow them _ I am thinking about all the kids that participate in "reclaim the street"-activity and think nothing of that they get arrested... nice that your husband could live with it!

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I had a wonderful vacation in Savannah. It was close to 80F, or 25C every day I was there. Today at home it's -11C. What a change. Savannah is a beautiful city and I would go back in a heartbeat.

Unfortunately my husband didn't get to go. He was turned back at the Canada/US border for having a criminal record. He hit someone when he was 17 and it was reported to the police. So now he has to go through a lot of red tape and spend tons of money to get a pardon and a waiver if we want to go to the US again.

But even though I left him at customs and went to visit my Dad myself, he did not feel it was necessary to drink (or smoke YAY!!!) over the disappointment. That's AA working.



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1/17/13 11:35 P

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Hi everyone,
Nell, don't you hate that the acceptance pages changed. My sponsor used to always ask me, "have you read 449? Call me when you have."

Aurlie~ I'm sorry that you are feeling blue. Acceptance is the key, but you also can have happiness and fulfillment in your days. Courage to change the things you can........I always have to remember that I can change some things, as long as I'm not trying to change other people. I'm keeping you in my prayers. Be good to yourself!

Meddy~ glad you had a good visit with your brother. Sounds like you were able to relax and enjoy it.

I'm grateful to be sober today. I'm grateful to be able to inventory my own behavior and make adjustments. Lord knows I've needed lots of adjustments lately.

Hugs to you all.


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AJ, sounds like you need to read Doctor Alcoholic Addict by Dr Paul again. His paragraph on acceptance (page 449 in the old versions of the Big Book, don't know where it is now) is the best explanation of acceptance ever written.

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That does sound nice, MeddyPeddy. I'm glad you had a nice visit.

I need to work on acceptance. I'm feeling terribly disappointed again. I do this to myself. It's just stupid

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Brother came by for a coffee yesterday, was nice to have a chat with him for a while and I did not feel too stressed about it.

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Sounds like that will be something to get off your checklist, Meddy.

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Uneasiness is building - reason is my busness edition coming up and I feel behind...so focus this week is to produce for the busness edition to help me feel better about myself...

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Oh it was not only the pudding - that would have been about 400 ...but then there was that cheap chocolate and some sandwiches and som bacon... once the door is open I go for anythingunhealthy!

But I did not have to continue yesterday, I even made muffins for the kids to have on their journey whitout having any - and all was sent with them so nothing was left for that vulnerable time after five in the afternoon.

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2000 calories of pudding is a LOT of pudding.

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Did not work last night, kids had made an extra chocolate pudding for me and of course I knew I should have told them that they could share it but I postponed that decision and then I thought "I can eat it and nothing more"...and whoops, 2 000 extra calories.

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I never eat after dinner, either, even if I wake up in the night hungry. And don't I wish I could eat the same way my kids and grandkids eat!! Alas, those days are behind me. Something else to accept.

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It was really hard, went to bed and woke a couple of hours later and was hungry. Thought "well, I am past midnight I have managed one day, I can eat on the next days "bill" but decided not to. Woke up at five, still hungry, now it is six and I have had breakfast. This day will be interesting, I have daughtern with friend here and have planned the typical swedish weekend evening family meal...tacos..although it is tortillas and I have bought quorn as the friend is vegetarian. This is something that I can do really healthy choices with – but it is also a typical dish where I lose control. There are two possible strategys - to keep away entirely and prepare something else for myself, or to wait until kids is almost done eating, eat my serving and take it all away from my sight. emoticon is telling me not to be silly - of course I can eat the same things as the girls without going berserk...to be continued...

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Hope you made it through the day, MeddyPeddy. Courage!

Nell, thanks for reminding me of that song. I found it on youTube just now. What fun.

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A great day so far, just hoping I can finish it without losing it...

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Something is wrong with my immune system, a cold is lurking in my head and my face has many pimples lurking as well...

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Meddy, remember the song "Kicks" by Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1966? It's hard to imagine ever being that young. The older I get the more I get a kick out of peace and quiet. A nice meeting of friendly faces, the familiar liturgy of a meeting, is better than any "kick" I ever sought out.

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Savannah... sounds relly exotic to me, from "Gone with the wind".... I am trying to let go of my "Kick-cravings" and relax in everyday life.

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My husband and I are off to Savannah, Georgia for a week on Thursday. My father has rented a townhouse for a couple of months. I have never been there and am quite excited. DH won't admit to being excited and keeps sticking to "one day at a time". I want to smack him one!!! I know he's really just trying to help keep me from getting out of hand but I will not admit it works.

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Went to a lunch meeting, was not as crowded as it has been for the last weeks, good one, felt a lot better afterwards.

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I just realised that I am looking forward to a year with a lot of work, and as I have started to consider myself as old and weak, it scares me a little. I hope I will not sneak out of the obligations I made because I would really like to try!

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How cool, MeddyPeddy! I've never heard of a clown workshop! Glad it was valuable for you!

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After a two day clown workshop I really feel enrichened and having new tools to practice with!

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I love that - don΄t drink and don΄t die... the first I do have some influence on, the second part is harder to control...

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They say that around my meetings. And also don't drink and don't die and you too can become an old timer.

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I remember Sandy Beach's saying that AA requires only that you don't drink, go to meetings, and change your whole life.

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Finally got to a meeting yesterday and immedeately felt better - why don΄t I ever learn? There was one woman coming back after a christmas relapse and then I discussed the difficulty of giving up drinking if you don΄t change anything else...when I stopped more than seven years ago I changed a lot - stopped going to dinners with "wining and dining for a while, stopped being soical in evenings, engaged in activities where alchol is not present. Today I attend "network mingling" with alcohol as a part of my job and I son΄t find it hard to stick to water, just grateful not to have to estimate if I can drive or not... and as I live ouside town it is also very comfortable to never think about how to get home from social events.I am so grateful that I did not have to use alcohol longer than I did,

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Back to work today. I was dreading it, but it was fine. I actually like my job so I don't know why I had that feeling. I am only at work for a week before hubby and I are off to Savannah, Georgia to spend a week with my Dad, who has rented a townhouse in the historic district for a couple of months. Now that Christmas is over, I am excited.

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Meddy, I remember when I took the Motorcycle Basic Rider Course to get my motorcycle license back in 1997. They devoted an entire 4 hours to the perils of drinking and riding, even had a test. I asked if I could miss it since I hadn't had a drink in 20 years, they said no it was required. I had to learn the percentages of blood alcohol and level of loss of response time for all the other idiots. Oh well. I had to learn a bunch of stuff in school I'd never use. I can assure you that I have never had to do a differential equation in real life.

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Yesterday the neverending discussion about what brand of gin to use in a dry Martini started on a list I am attending and I could feel some craving for Gin (that i have probably not tasted for 15 years or so) and I also realised that I need to get to a meeting, have not bin to one for all christmas weekend and that might be the explanation why I feel so low...

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I was asleep at midnight but the New Year arrived anyway!

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We ended up staying up way past midnight playing dice games with another couple. It was a lot of fun to just hang out without alcohol being the centre of attention as it often is on New Year's Eve. My friend's hubby had a drink, maybe two, but the other 3 of us are sober alcoholics. That was my 8th sober holiday season. It still amazes me that I managed to stay sober one, let alone 8 Christmas and New Years. Tomorrow is back to work and I am not looking forward to it, so I will not think about it again today, if I can help it.


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I'll stay up to midnight for football but that's about it. It's a new year whenever I get up.

Have a great, sober start everyone!

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A sober new years eve, the seventh in a row... this morning I thought that I will stop celebrating new year, that is I will stop staying up until twelve a clock, does not seem fun or good for anything really...

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