posted on Aug, 13 2018 @ 09:12 PM
For those still with me, I finally spoke to my friend today. We had a long talk, and a good cry together. He just found out that there's a problem
with his heart... the left ventricle. He told me he doesn't know how his drinking went from "partying" to alcoholism. He told me he's tried so many
times to quit, but he can't get through the withdrawals. He said he didn't even know that alcohol withdrawal was "a thing" until he was in the
hospital. And he's allergic to benzos -- he just found out the hard way!
So he is still under a doctor's care, which made me a whole lot happier to hear. I told him that alcohol withdrawals can kill, so not to try to do
anything alone. He promised he wouldn't.
We talked about his Native American heritage, and how that affects him personally. We talked about the benefits of CBDs, and I sent him a couple
links to check out, and ordered some gummies for him. The CBDs will start healing some of the brain damage the alcohol is causing -- and a whole lot
more. It will also hopefully help mitigate withdrawal symptoms when he does stop drinking. I also told him to get some EmerGen-C with Probiotics.
He's not able to eat these days, and is subsisting on soup and smoothies. I told him how to make bone broth, and how nutritious it would be for him.
He once really enjoyed cooking, so maybe making some bone broth will be a good project for him. He's not eating or sleeping, and said he has no
motivation to actually do things -- even things he wants to do. He says his mind wants to... but his body doesn't.
The storms we've been hit with the last week hasn't helped, giving him panic attacks and anxiety. Trying not to minimize his anxiety, I assured him
he wasn't the only one... and that was probably a very healthy reaction to these storms!!!
(Just for some context, one storm ripped the carport right off our house -- it was literally hanging on at one corner, and it sheared our fence posts
off at the ground. Going to the market this morning, I must have seen a dozen trees toppled, and countless branches on the ground.)
He sees the cardiologist tomorrow, and we're going to have lunch later this week. But I told him he's welcome to come over or call any time. I made
him promise he would tell the cardiologist about his drinking -- and be 100% honest -- so that the doc knows exactly what he's dealing with. I guess
we'll go from there. That was a wrinkle I didn't see coming.
For now, I'm just happy we've made contact and that he's still seeing medical professionals. When we have lunch, I'll talk to him about a plan.
So far, so good.