Alcoholic Brain

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Sober date: October 4th, 2005.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Memorial Potluck...

A friend of mine, and a friend to many, passed away less than a week ago. I had known him since 2002 I think. He was a member of the local Alano Club. He was a very nice man. But he just couldn't stay sober. He would get a week or two sober then start drinking again. He really didn't want to stop and suffered from severe depression. The thing I liked about him, is that he would not hide the fact he was drinking from anyone. During the past several months, he was more into maintenance drinking, so he could still visit the Alano Club. All, and probably the only friends he had were Club members. He had moved here following a divorce from another state, and lived in his small truck for a very long time. Over the past two or three month, he began to swell up. His liver became quite large, and his body was retaining fluids, and his legs were showing dependent edema. Over two weeks ago I was thinking that I handn't seen him for a few days. Some of the people from the Alano Club were watching him. They told me his legs had become so swollen, that he could not bend them enough to get him into a car or truck. Tonight at the Alano Club, we are having a dinner potluck to remember him. Most alcoholics would have been hiding in the closet, not wanting anyone to outright know that they were drinking. This man gave me a lesson in denial in action.

Those who cannot find sobriety here on Earth, will find it in Heaven. I am grateful too have known him...


Blogger lash505 said...

I am truly sorry...

8:28 PM  
Blogger sharonsjourney said...

A nice remembrance of Robert....thank you

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Sober Chick said...

Although he never found his footing, his soul still touched others and perhaps have helped them to remain sober. I am sorry to hear of his loss and how he physically became handicapped by the Dz.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Trudging said...

I lost a friend of mine named Ted a little more than a year ago. Same story, just would not stay sober.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Motorcycle Mike - Sober Biker said...

Thanks for sharing your friend with us. I also really like the post about the Horses.

I'll be back.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Redhead Gal said...

incredibly sad, what this disease can do to us...

8:03 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Those who cannot find sobriety here on Earth, will find it in Heaven.

I didn't ever hear that before A Brain---now I can't clear the tears from my eyes---Lonny couldn't stop--- it killed him and to think he's sober now--- thanks

12:20 PM  
Blogger Carly said...

I'm sorry, AB. Thanks for sharing this.

9:13 PM  
Blogger twodogsblogging said...

Over the years I've watched this; some get here but sadly never make it. It has humbled me over the years and made me realize the strength of God's grace and how it was blessedly given in my life. This helps when I have down days or lose gratitude. We have a dear friend who is like this, and slipping down each day, it seems. As my oldtimer friends used to say to me, "Pray, but prepare for a funeral."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

so sorry

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Blogger Gwen said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Every where I turn there are reminders that it is not getting any better out there. I thank God I am sober and your friend is finally in peace. I could feel the tourture when you explained his situation. This disease is so brutal.


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Blogger Diego said...

Thanks for sharing your experience AB.

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