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Unread 12-14-2005, 08:09 AM
Are there any other 12-steppers out there?

MJ-
Thanks for your support as well! I agree with you - I am not planning on being a martyr! I don't think the program meant for us to be miserable. Medical science is supposed to be used, just not ABUSED. That being said, I need to make sure that I have the right support to make that happen. I like your three-pronged approach, but not having people second guessing me especially early on in my recovery process. I also agree with you that being in pain can slow down the recovery process, and I certainly don't want to do that!

Thanks again for the support of everyone on this site. I don't know what I would do without this site!!!
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Unread 12-14-2005, 09:16 AM
Are there any other 12-steppers out there?

Hi Julie! Claudia here....i just tried to send you a reply and it got deleted! (probably my mistake, this is my first time posting ::sigghhh:: anyway I will be 8 yers sober in two months, and I agree with everything the Program ladies said on this thread. I had my total hyster. 22 days ago, and one thing I did that really helped was committing the pain pills to my sponsor, just to keep honest and the motives in check. All the best to you and I wish you a smooth surgery and an optimistic quick happy recovery. Happy holidays too!!!!
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Unread 12-15-2005, 02:23 AM
Are there any other 12-steppers out there?

Callie, if I had anxiety that made me ill, believe me I would ask for meds too. In this case, though, they *are* meds. The side effect of feeling high isn't great, but the meds are being used appropriately.

When I had my hyst, I had already been through quite a few previous surgeries for various things, so I wasn't particularly nervous about it. In fact, I couldn't wait to have it done because of all the pain I was in all the time. The pre-op sedative was given to me while I was in the holding area, and I wasn't even told that I was about to receive it which kinda bothered me, because I would have said no thanks.

I think it is important to remember that just because we are recovering doesn't mean we have to be heroes and not have the appropriate medications prescribed for us when needed.
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Unread 12-15-2005, 08:13 AM
Are there any other 12-steppers out there?

Claudia-
Congratulations on your 8 years of sobriety! That's wonderful. Like you, I intend to keep my meds in the hands of my partner so that someone else is making sure that I take them as prescribed. If my pain gets out of hand, we will make the decision together to contact the doctor for help. Thanks for your support. And happy holidays to you as well!


cjcj-
Thanks for support your too. It's funny to tell people in program that I take anxiety meds on an as-needed basis - some folks don't understand. But one of my best friends who has 15 years of sobriety says she has never seen anyone go down with anxiety illness like I can! That's why I don't play hero with it anymore. It's gotten better over the years as I have learned new tools for dealing with it, like therapy, meditation, journaling, and just walking through my fears to their logical conclusion. This weekend is a great example. I didn't used to be able to even start a new job without major anxiety, but now I can stand on a stage in front of 700 people and sing in a concert with a choir!!! The community choir that I belong to has our holiday concert this weekend, and I will be up there, singing my heart out. I could NEVER have done that 10 years ago. Progress, not perfection.

Anyway, thanks for your support and kind words.
Julie
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