Another benefit of sobriety! I have a long term case of the "mummy tummy" and it is time to take out whatever buggers set up camp in my guts. I have to take the medicine Tinidazole, in which you can't drink alcohol during during treatment and for a couple days afterwards. Alcohol effects the medicine, but worse, it can make you violently ill.
When I was in the Peace Corps in Ghana, I got intestinal problems a lot, but I would remain sick for days to avoid not drinking at inconvenient times-because 5 days is a LONG time to go without, especially if friends were around. I remember being so sick with intestinal parasites and still drinking so as not to be in the outside of the party-it could wait until I was back in the village and away from my friends. It really didn't occur to me that I could be at the party (and have fun) while not drinking. Never crossed my mind once.
I did even try to drink while taking this stuff before too...not wanting to believe it would make me more sick. Because, you know, doctors make that shit up just to scare you. Or there is just a small chance and then doctors globalize it so you don't blame them if you get the side effects. I risked it. And it is true, don't drink on that stuff. I remember thinking I deserved to drink and have fun. I was doing hard isolating work in a small village and only got to socialize with my friends and meet boys once a month or longer-no way was I going to miss out because of parasites!
So here I am sober and needing medication. I didn't think about what day of the week it is or what events are coming up in order to plan when I would start my treatment. I.started.immediately. And I will feel better really soon.
-Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp -Almost Alcoholic by Joseph Nowinski and Robert Doyle -After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood by Jane Middelton-Moz and Lorie Dwinell