That’s Sick!

Used 2013-01-28 Barfbie (Al K Hall Anonymous recovery alcoholism sobriety)


i had a cold last week. It was strange because i felt it coming on, so i bought a box of medicine that contained a 5-day treatment and at the end of the 5 days, i felt better. Very strange, indeed.

Because when i was drinking and i had a cold i would self-medicate with booze and that would make me sicker and i would procrastinate buying medicine until i was so sick that the medicine wouldn’t really work and i would feel like crap for at least 2 weeks.

i’m still sick, but i’m getting better. i’m sick with alcoholism, but i’m seeing some specialists about it.

i will die with my disease, but i will not die from it.


About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on January 28, 2013, in Alcoholism, Lessons in Recovery, Recovery and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I am grateful today for your consistent ability to pick out and express the silver linings of your sober life. i am glad you are able to see them, but even happier that you are able to take them and express them so they are visible to all of us.

    • Very nicely put from Ron!

      So interesting to know you healed faster from not drinking. I guess the stress on the immune system from alcohol is a fact — I assumed it, and understood it could be the case, but did not have proof. But there you go: you are the walking proof.

      I’m glad you are feeling better — you had not mentioned to me you weren’t feeling well, so I am sorry to learn of it only just now. I am glad you are better.


      • That pic AL! Poor Barbie. Nice to see that Barbie had a little fun in her life after all that dieting, and dressing up and prettying up.

        Seriously though; I get it. Same when i was doing my bulimia: I’d be sick forever! And I knew that “being sick” would last as long as it wanted too. There was no “getting meds” … it wouldn’t work. I’d be “pulling” a Barbie every night after taking care of myself during the day.

        It doesn’t matter. The “main” disease always outranks the cold. GET BETTER SOON!!!

        • Here i am, all better! Well, i still have the alcoholism, but i’m on top of that. Thanks for your support, my friend. It’s nice to have you here!

          Keep coming back,

          Al K Hall

    • @Ron Hell, i’m just glad there are silver linings! They may as well not have existed when my head was so far up my ass that my outlook was always shitty. It’s reassuring to find that now i’ve pulled my head out of my ass, there are silver linings in the clouds and good things on the horizon.

      @Celeste i’m sure alcohol was weakening my immune system. It’s funny to see that as i age i get weaker in some areas (legs, knees, feet) and stronger in others! As for letting on about my sickness…you know how my family is! i like to think i would’ve shared if i’d needed help, but to talk about a minor cold simply for the sake of talking about it, well, it’s not really in my nature.

  2. Hi. I hope you are feeling better. As I shared with you, I had a nasty cough in Dec. Jager helped me. It is a paradox bc 4 people who I work with have been on steroids, numerous antibiotics and narcotics to get better are still hacking up lungs. The 5th…pun there but not intended took my “advice” and felt much better a couple of days later.

    So now to get twisted…is Mattel going to make a commercial about shitfaced barbie? I can see it now. Accessories (toilet and bottle) not included.

  3. Glad you’re feeling better already. Love this last line. A powerful reminder that we are never entirely free, but our actions make all the difference.

  4. jumpingpolarbear

    Barbie never learns….

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