So this past week has been... interestingly uncomfortable to say the least. Where do I begin!? Eh, I'll begin at the beginning. My sisters were supposed to fly into Laguardia on Tuesday at about 8am, so I went to sleep early in preparation. I woke up to a text about how they missed their flight and that they didn't think they'd be able to make it here. *Sidenote: Spirit is the absolute WORST airline ever, do not fly with them!* I was a little sleepy still, and beginning to come down with some sort of mucus cough thing, so I went back to sleep. I woke up a bit later and they were still in Detroit. I didn't think they would make it to NYC at all, so I decided to take one of my favorite OTC drugs... Mucinex DM! This is probably the strongest OTC known to man. As the loopyness began to set in, I got a text saying "omg we got a flight out! We'll be there at 6!" Uh oh! I had to somehow pull it together and go meet them at Grand Central in an hour! Besides almost passing out from dizziness on the train, the pill took away some of the congestion, and a few drinks later, I didn't even notice much of anything! The McGee girls are still working on repairing our sisterly relationship, so the inebriation really did help the bonding process.
They left the next day, but I still wasn't feeling completely 100% (then again, I never really am). On Thursday, I had an appointment with an ENT doctor. I have never seen an ENT before, despite all of my problems (having health insurance is awesome)! The doctor told me I have something called acid reflux! Not sure EXACTLY what that is, but apparently I have to take these stupid pills forever and also avoid like ALL of my favorite foods (and alcohol!) for the next 1-2 months if I can. Ughhhh. With so many drugs that we need to get by with in the adult world, how can we ever live without them?
I sometimes jokingly refer to myself as a functioning alcoholic, as I'm sure most people do at some point! So needless to say, going a whole month without alcohol?? Preposterous! One of the main things people my age do is drink! Everywhere you go these days, some sort of substance abuse is involved. That is how us adults have been conditioned to have any sort of "fun". We don't really know what else to do besides alter our personalities and thoughts with drinking, drugs, and smoking. It has become normal. The non drinking ones are the outcasts.
In order to not completely incriminate myself, I will just speak a bit vaguely about other drugs... There are alternatives to not drinking, but all the alternatives I can think of are non prescription pills and powder form synthetics. While it all may be fun in the moment, it seems as though we have all forgotten how to have (dare I say it) sober fun. But no, seriously... what the heck am I supposed to do?? Well, actually, I'm fine with entertaining myself (I'm very entertaining), the real problem is getting others involved. I'm not sure how many of my friends would like to join me in NON alcoholic activities. I already had to turn down a number of outings this weekend because I knew the only thing happening would be stuff I can't participate in. It's not like we can all go out to a club and just... dance! The world is too stressfull! Besides the fun aspect, it also helps people deal with the un-dealable. I remember back in the good ole days when I was just a kid who thought Whiskey was just a cute name for a kitten. We were so much more timid with our peers I suppose. Courtships DID take much much longer to develop, but I DO also remember having fun. Learning how to deal with life sober is definitely tricky, but I'm sure it's possible. Maybe this next month will be completely boring, but it could also be very enlightening. It's always good to take a break from things right? Mehhhh, I'm just trying to talk myself into it!
p.s. Congratulations to my friend Mickey who just had her first baby boy Chase on Tuesday! ( I KNEW she was gonna have that baby the day my sisters came to town) Mickey, also congrats on not drinking for 9 months...especially when we were all wasted during your baby shower weekend! : /
p.p.s. Seriously though people, what the heck can I do instead of drinking???
p.p.p.s. Isn't it crazy how I REALLY just traded one drug (alcohol), for a way less fun drug (stupid Prilosec)? Why couldn't I get a good prescription like adderall or something? Lame!