STILL GOING!

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Hi guys

Well last lot of meds for detox last Sunday and the week went well apart from problems with balance and coordination, which I was told is a side effect of the clorodiazopoxide although almost a week on am still having some balance issues. Saw my GP yesterday and she said give it time for my brain and body to adjust to the missing 19 years of alcohol. On a good note my blood pressure has come right down from sky high and my kidney test is now okay. Liver function still high but down from 109 to 98. Will be having it tested again by my recovery nurse in 2 weeks so we'll see. Haven't had any vodka since starting detox on 19th quite pleased with myself. I know there is a very long way to go but committed to it now. Started Acamprosate to help with cravings. My counsellor,doctor, children are so proud of me and can't express it enough, on the other hand my husband has just checked I'd been taking the meds. No praise or "well done I know this is hard for you" which I have pointed out to him and he wasn't happy with that. No surprise there then.

Gosh I've rambled on chaps sorry about that but I just wanted to share with people who will understand the enormity of this battle now going forwards.

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    So happy for you!!! You sound so lively and happy!!! It make take some time for your hubby but I'm sure that deep down he is proud of you too. Who wouldn't be. I know I am! ????

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      Thank you. Can always rely on support from the lovely people on this site because we all understand each others issues and there's no condemnation or judgmentalism

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    I still have balance issues 8 years down the line there is a condition called cerebral apathy which you getting through drinking but regular physio helps

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      Think I have this.  Balance is real bad.  The shaking hands have stopped completely but I keep blaming it on my trainers when I go walking.  I went flying the other week and just missed my chin on concrete.  Then this morning coming back from the dentist - I nearly went again.  Maybe it is related to sleep deprivation as no alcohol means no sleep, but ya never know.  Catching up with me.
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      Aww hi bud, thanx for this.  Balance seems a bit better (but maybe that is me doing what my Mum used to say to me and - "pick your feet up" )never knew what she meant.  I actually feel good, no shaking, back to my running etc - but the bl+++y sleep deprivation is a killer.  I think I would be a lot worse off if I did not eat so well.  I am a green smoothie person and wack it down daily.  You have got to fuel the ole bod in times of stress..........................Hope you had a relaxing week............G.

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      thanks and YES and super week for certain and looking after myself well with cakes, calories, chocolate etc since us ex drinkers crave sugar...keep trying..you are so brave and it is most certainly worth it...do you listen to music on youtube?? Try Tood Terje "it's album time" and Bonobo "Sweetness" they will cheer you up and mike you dance!! Robin

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      Yes. Why do ex drinkers crave sugar etc? I've been booze free for well over 9 years now but still go for the sweet stuff! Used to be a sausage roll etc type person. 

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      Hi Karen,

      I have also found I have a liking for sweet things since I completed my detox.

      This is extremely out of character for me as I haven't eaten sweet things for years. I never enjoyed chocolate, cake or desserts but find myself curiously drawn towards them.

      Perhaps we have a theme developing here!!! 😃

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      Hi Karen. 9 years too? Great stuff! I'm hoping someone can tell me (us) a physical reason why this happens. And still does even after this time. Replacing calories, I don't know? Keep up the good work! Are you tempted sometimes to have just one drink? I am, but .......

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      Yes I am tempted to have just one drink but that's where I went wrong years ago and ended up in a bigger mess than before being dependent on it wine for breakfast don't go down too well

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      The reason you crave sweet stuff, is your body is craving the sugar that it got from alcohol or certain types of alcohol.

      It is a known problem for people who kick alcohol and it is very dangerous. It is substituting one addiction for another and if you don't believe me, try going a couple of days without any sweet things. You crave Haribos because they are sugar and gelatine, chocolate doesn't quite give you the same hit.

      Google 'alcohol detox sugar cravings' to read up on it. It will send you into pre-diabetes and then diabetes type 2 if left unchecked. I did the same and wandered into the bottom end of the pre-diabetes scale. It was only because I had regular blood tests and my GP pointed it out, that I became aware of it. I suggest you have an HbA1c test.

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      Who is Bonobo (thought u meant Bono from U2!!) and Tood Terje ! jeez where are you from - don't know these artists - but I lurve music smile

      Tood Terje sounds like a recipe lol............G.

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      When you guys say wine (or any alcohol for breakfast, is that literally)? I cannot imagine that - but then who know what is around the corner.

      9 years is gold medal - I cant imagine going that long - damn good work to you.............G.

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      Check out Todd Terje's album "It's album time" Norwegian DJ and massive talent..also KYGO.....relaxing..Bonobo = British Artist called Simon Green and partly jazzy or just relaxing music again..youtube SWEETNESS or Sweet Dreams by Bonobo or Odesza "how did I get there" have fun...Robin

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      Yes, you get up in the morning and your body is dependent on alcohol. Without alcohol, your system cannot function, and some pretty nasty side affects happen, in the same way that a heroin addict would have if he stopped taking heroin one day.

      Becoming dependent on alcohol buggers up your whole central nervous system, which is why they detox wtih diazepam, that provides the drug the CNS needs, without the alcohol.

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      Thanks Robin. I remember exactly when I stopped. 11th Feb, 2007 at 5 pm. Threw it out the window and said I'm not having any more. The worst times are birthdays etc and social times when others are drinking and bring me one which I turn down. But I'm still ok! 

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      The last time I went out - I decided to only have 2 glasses of wine all night and was quite happy doing that - but then at 10pm a couple of guys we were sat with asked me what I wanted before closing time and I said I did not want anything - I went to the loo and when I came back, there were 3 glasses of wine for me!!!!!!!!!!  So of course I drank them.  That was last year and now I don't go out. 

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