Grateful and still learning

Day 264 since my last drink.

Reading back over my journal and these posts, one of the tipping points for going sober was realizing how seriously I was messing with my health. I went in for a new patient visit just two days ago and my blood pressure was 110 over 76. When I was drinking my BP was significantly higher, frequently 145 over 90. Those numbers really put it in perspective and more.But my follow on scary thought to that was, how much damage have I already done? How damaged is my liver, brain or other internal organs? There were a few instances over the years before this sobriety of doctors suggesting I may need to consider going on blood pressure medicine. And one test indicated I could be pre-diabetic. I had suffered GI problems repeatedly that family members tried to suggest was gluten intolerance.

Now, most of it’s not even a blip on the radar.

I can’t turn back time to fix the permanent damage, but I can certainly prolong the positive side affects of sobriety.

And as I reflect back on these nearly nine months of sobriety, its become clear that I am still uncovering things that demonstrate in no uncertain terms that leaving alcohol behind has been a really good thing for me.

 

Author: 21Buzzards

Mid-life retired reservist in the corporate IT world parenting a grandchild. Sharing my evolution as age and priorities impact life.

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