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Old 05-06-2010, 10:37 PM
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Glad you're here Wallup! May...the month for new beginnings
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:04 PM
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Hi wallup, just joined today too.

Hey Atlas, have you had any cig cravings. So far not too many for me. I think its because my quitting drinking is kind of eclipsing any cigarette withdrawal symptoms I might otherwise be having. That sounds like a good thing but it kind of shows just how difficult it is to get through not drinking for those first few days.

The whole not sleeping thing is pretty crazy too and I wish i could be more helpful to others out there other than to let them know that it does get better. For me it took a whole week, last night I finally got like 4 or 5 hours without it being too broken up. I still have some pretty crazy dreams but they can be almost entertainingly absurd sometimes.

And yea, Oddman, there is no way I could have passed on Hawaiian BBQ!! That sounds Epic...
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:01 AM
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Welcome to all our new mayflowers! I'm on Day 3 now. Day 2 is usually the hardest for me (oh yes I've done this many many times before,but each time I learn something new, so this time I'm hoping I've learned enough to never let me convince myself that I'm not an alcoholic or that I can moderate)anyway Day 2 wasn't too difficult, maybe because I'm back here reading again or maybe because Day 3 is going to be tough. But it's a beautiful day and I want to be able to appreciate that too, I can only do that sober.

Glad to see everyone seems to be getting past the obstacles. I don know I feel SOOO very much better when I don't drink. I'm sure you all will too. I usually start up eating way too much sugary stuff for the first few weeks to compensate, then after I feeled gorged on sugar I manage to calm that too, last time by joining the "100 day goal, abstinence from obvious sweets" in this forum under Eating Disorders. I never made it to 100 days there, but I did get a months worth in...

Well good day to all bye for now
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Old 05-07-2010, 12:11 AM
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Hey artsoul and oddman -Good Going!

Sure can relate to those dreams Crow...first couple of nights I was up sweating every hour or so with wicked charlie horses in my feet and legs I was so dehydrated...had to do Irish jigs in my apt trying to get rid of them in the middle of the night........poor neighbors

Now I can't sleep enough... and the dreams are better than anything on tv.

Drank too much cranberry juice last night ...and tonight on tap was 2 quarts of 100% Mango/Pineapple juice...

It's midnight here on the west coast and I just might zip out in the car for some ice cream before bed.....
It's so nice to be sober ...whooo hooo !!
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Well, day 4. I'm still on edge and hyper, but the continual need for a drink seems to be abating. I'm sure it will return later in the day, and I'll deal with it. I don't want to let my vigilance fade at all: I know what would happen. I won't decide to drink; I'll just find myself buying and drinking. I'm like a drinking machine: it's what I do. Best of luck to all today.
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Old 05-07-2010, 05:58 AM
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Wink Im In!

As of today I am in and giving my doughter the best Mothers Day Present ever from her to me....a sober omnther....not like I had....So far its been really really rough but I know I can do this....I HAVE TO...this is the end of the road for me
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:18 AM
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Hi, Wallup, Dream2bClean, Welcome to the Mayflowers! Glad you're joining us; the more on the sobriety train, the better.

Crow and Richard, crazy vivid dreams? I had one two nights ago where I had thrown a graduation party, drank, and had to save some college student's life when he passed out head first onto the tile floor. Yikes, glad that never actually happened, although there were plenty of times something worse could have occurred.

Artsoul, AWESOME on making it through yesterday! I decided to stay in and watch movies--safe but I'll take it

It's great to see everyone doing so well. Here's to a sober weekend.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:31 AM
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Welcome dream2bclean!! Glad you're here

That IS a great Mother's Day gift, for both of you . You'll find lots of support here too, it's a great thread. Even though my mom and I butt heads often, it's definitely one of the most important relationships I have, especially when I'm real down & out.
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:54 AM
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Happy Friday everyone!! Working on Day # 5. Energy levels still way down and only getting about 5 hours a sleep a night. Pain has increased in my neck quite a bit, but plan on seeing a specialist soon that deals with patients who have nerve damage, and the greatest part about it is she does NOT manage it with pain killers...all natural therapy.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:13 AM
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As of today I am in and giving my doughter the best Mothers Day Present ever from her to me....a sober omnther....not like I had....So far its been really really rough but I know I can do this....I HAVE TO...this is the end of the road for me
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Great to have you Dream! That's a wonderful Mother's Day gift!! When I had my first wake up call (drinking/depression) 20 years ago, I went to treatment on, you guessed it, Mother's Day. I thought I was falling off the edge of the world into an abyss. Stayed sober for years, but started entertaining the idea that I was more mature, knew my limits, blah blah blah. I don't have any misconceptions this time, no way.

Hang in there with us and treat yourself to everything BUT that devil drink. We're with you!

GO MAYFLOWERS!!! Altogether now: NO MORE INSANITY!
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In bed the end of day two. Sober!! But i did other things that are so unhealthy for me. I'm starting to think that I'm trying to kill myself?!?! I ate a huge plate of Hawaiian BBQ. YUM!! Snort ribs, white rice, all the fixins. Then went to fatburger for an order of fries and a rootbeer. Couldn't even finish the fries. I almost got the same feeling as drinking. Relaxed, better mood. I even hid the bag in my console like many an empty beer can before.
ooooooo BBQ - that's what I'm talking about! Hey, next time, why don't you invite a few of us, huh?

Way to go on getting through day two, Oddman. You got this!
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:36 AM
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Artsoul, AWESOME on making it through yesterday! I decided to stay in and watch movies--safe but I'll take it
Hey, safe is good, real good! Glad we're both here today!


Welcome, Wallup! As you can see, we're all getting through this together, so if you want to tell us everything that's going on with you, we're here to listen.
The first days are rough, but each day is a little better and that's a really new experience for me. I was always just waiting out a hangover until I felt good enough to starting drinking again. Anyway, glad you're with us!!

CaliforniaPoppy - Love France! What part are you in? Congratulations on another day sober. You can do this!

Hey Richard - glad you're sleeping better (dream on!!). Have a GREAT day!

Norther - I hate that anxious (kind of trembly) feeling, too. I was kinda worried that I was going to have a little hand tremor permanently, cuz I've had it at least a year now, but I noticed yesterday that my hands are getting pretty steady. That kinda helps with the artwork. haha. At least we know things won't get worse if we stay sober!

What's everyone doing for the weekend? Let's get creative, guys!
Actually, sleeping, eating are still at the top of my list...... oh yeah, I think I said I was going to work some outside too. It really does feel good to be outside - really haven't liked even going to the mailbox for quite a while. Geez.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:23 AM
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Hey, safe is good, real good! Glad we're both here today!


Welcome, Wallup! As you can see, we're all getting through this together, so if you want to tell us everything that's going on with you, we're here to listen.
The first days are rough, but each day is a little better and that's a really new experience for me. I was always just waiting out a hangover until I felt good enough to starting drinking again. Anyway, glad you're with us!!

CaliforniaPoppy - Love France! What part are you in? Congratulations on another day sober. You can do this!

Hey Richard - glad you're sleeping better (dream on!!). Have a GREAT day!

Norther - I hate that anxious (kind of trembly) feeling, too. I was kinda worried that I was going to have a little hand tremor permanently, cuz I've had it at least a year now, but I noticed yesterday that my hands are getting pretty steady. That kinda helps with the artwork. haha. At least we know things won't get worse if we stay sober!

What's everyone doing for the weekend? Let's get creative, guys!
Actually, sleeping, eating are still at the top of my list...... oh yeah, I think I said I was going to work some outside too. It really does feel good to be outside - really haven't liked even going to the mailbox for quite a while. Geez.
We're beginning to have quite an assembly, hello to all, keep up the good work!
Artsoul, I'm in the South of France, the sunny side, this weekend I'll be working in my vegetable garden, going dancing and cleaning house (yuck), probably some cooking too, I'll have company durinig the week and no time to prepare meals, so it's this weekend or we wont eat...and I sure feel the need to eat, now that I don't drink!
Have a great weekend Mayflowers!
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:43 AM
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Ok. Here I am. We're a team, right? I'm scared but I want to do this more than anything.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:49 AM
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Welcome Bipodrunk! Great to have you here Is this Day 1 for you? And, yeah, I'm not sure where we'd be if we weren't a team. We help each other out, and that help has made these first few days a lot easier.

Weekend plans - finish my thesis, find a job (and possibly an internship), try some Indian food and sushi, enjoy the weather...essentially be real spontaneous.

Go team! Glad to see everyone's doing well.
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Great to see ya here, bipo!:day6 The first couple days, I was really, really scared. After a couple more days, I found that I didn't feel nearly as anxious (withdrawal symptom), and it made a huge difference. Some of that fear is healthy though, you know? Just seeing a beer sign makes me want to run away fast! Welcome to the MayFlowers!
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WOW!! I've been gone all of 24 hours and have several pages of posts to catch up on and about 5 new members?!? This group is thriving! I am very happy to be a part of it. And I can relate to so many of your posts and feelings.

I am doing well -- got through Day 4 without a hitch and headed to Day 5. I have done this so many times, but something feels very different this time. I'm tiring of poisoning myself. Life is too short. It's time to start living.

Yesterday I got all my hair cut off to a short new do. Everyone loves it and so do I! I think I needed a change.

I took my son to Hershey Park last night and today. We stayed at a hotel, got up, had breakfast together and then spent the day going on rides, playing games and touring the Chocolate World. It was really fun. I can't begin to tell you how precious this quality time is with my kids and to be able to experience it sober is a true gift. I was happy, peppy, and had loads of energy. (I hope I don't get obnoxious - LOL!)

Two other things. I had some recent dental work (a crown on my top back molar) and I get tooth pain now from time to time. It can get pretty intense. In the past, my instinct would have been to run to the wine store, get a bottle and numb out the pain. Tonight I had to force myself to do something different. I took some Advil, WAITED IT OUT, and the Advil finally kicked in and I feel better. It's amazing all the things we used alcohol for in the past. I love saying that -- IN THE PAST -- because I do consider this is a new life for myself.

Second thought -- when I drank I used to have lower abdonminal pain -- on both sides. I would get unexplained pain in the middle of the night and usually all of the next day after drinking. I never really knew what it was, but I'm quite sure it's nothing good. Now on Day 4, the pain is entirely gone. Our bodies give us so many signals and we ignore them. It's time for me to listen to my body and heal from this madness!

Hope you're getting your runs in, Oddman!

Great job everyone else!!!!
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:52 PM
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Traderjane, your enthusiasm is absolutely infectious . It's great everything's going so well. Family time sober is so much better, right? I just had my first sober conversation with my sister in months and it went great. I'm glad I can remember it too.

You mentioned using alcohol to deal with physical discomfort...on my end I use alcohol to dull emotions. Angry? Drink. Upset? Drink. Depressed? Drink. These last few days have been like a crash course in emotional management. And I mean crash literally. Emotionally, I'm running into walls every few hours .

Cool stuff, everyone. The MayFlowers rock on.
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