I had 3 drinks on Wednesday, 1 on Thursday, 4 on Friday and 7 on Saturday. 1 over for Saturday but right on my weekly limit of 15.
I remembered another trigger, being sick. I know that makes no sense as when one is sick is not the time to be drinking as it can only slow down recovery, but it is a trigger for me when I can’t sleep. I am in the early stages of bronchitis which I seem to get twice a year religiously. After drinking 5 drinks on Saturday, I went to bed. However, I woke up in the middle of the night coughing and unable to sleep. When I have bronchitis, I go on prednisone which tends to make me irritable and restless. So, I took a shot of vodka and an antihistamine and started to read the paper until I got sleepy. A half hour later it wasn’t working so I took another shot, putting me at 7 for the day, 2 over my limit.
I wasn’t too upset about it as my daily limit has been a challenge since day one. But, Sunday was a rough day. I was still irritable from the prednisone, I hurt my back trimming trees in the back yard and almost killed my wife. No kidding. I was at the top of a 20 foot ladder with a chain saw cutting down a branch that I apparently didn’t tie up to well to control the fall. When it broke, it slammed into my hand almost knocking me off the ladder and sending the chain saw flying through the air. My wife was standing below holding the ladder for me and she ducked but it hit her squarely in the back. Luckily, it was not the blade that hit her, but it was the heavy part of the saw. We both came away bruised and scraped, but no serious injuries.
After cleaning up the yard, I really wanted a drink or two to relax. But, there was a problem with that. Because I drank on Wednesday with the anticipation of taking Sunday off because of my speech tonight, I had only gone dry 2 days and still needed a third. Also, since I had those 2 shots mid-night, I was now already at my limit of 15 for the week. So, if I had even one drink, I would have broken 2 more rules: drinking no more than 4 days in a week and not going over 15. Since, I already went over my daily limit of 5 on Saturday, I just couldn’t do it. Honestly, I never came close for that reason, but I really did want to.