Sober October - Day 12

Friday, October 12, 2018

Happy Friday! It's going well here. Joe was gone yesterday evening and the boys were chatty and lovely. And then continued to be really agreeable this morning, which made the usual chaos and rush quite easy.

I saw a doctor yesterday to get a refill on medication (Lexapro. Take good care of your mental health, everyone) and when he asked me how much I drank I felt like a badass saying "I am not drinking this month" He asked me whether I drank a lot before and whether I felt pain in my body when I drank and when I answered yes to both... he left it at that! He said "Ok. Anything else?" Imagine if I were shyly trying to tell him I needed help... he would be a very hard doctor to speak to and I'd leave as broken and helpless as when I arrived. I read once that doctors are not well trained to recognize addiction and don't really want to talk about it. I saw that yesterday. I was quite taken aback. Add that to the wine culture that's part of suburban motherhood (while looking for memes to illustrate this I found this good article) and I can only imagine the number of women drinking too much, knowing it, and not able or equipped to do anything about it.

I hope you all have a good weekend! Talk to you all on Monday.


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