While I still have symptoms such as a splitting headache and dizziness from coming off prescription pain pills (I'm on my 6th day; see previous blogs), I'm tired of writing about it for now. Every day it seems the same words bounce around my head "like a beach ball at a Nickelback concert," as they … Continue reading To The Battle-weary
If you've read the last couple of blogs, you'll know I decided to quit taking prescription pain medication for my chronic pain. As of right now I haven't had a narcotic since last Wednesday, which means I'm on my 5th day. It's been a struggle, and I still have symptoms (and will for a while, … Continue reading Pain Med Addiction Recovery – Day 5 (aka “That Ever Elusive Tunnel-end Light”)
I can feel the prayers of my friends and family who promised to pray for me during these rough few days. Ya see, I've taken some type of prescribed pain pill for over 20 years. My son is 18, and he's never known me to not be taking one narcotic or another for the chronic … Continue reading Pain Med Addiction Recovery – Early, Day Three
I am a day-and-a-half into my recovery from a two-decade-long dependency on prescription pain medication. I've come too far to turn back now. I cannot go back...
Don’t stay dormant and stew in your midnight-haunting regret. It is imperative you move on. Take a lesson from our family motto (of which my daughter and I both have tattoos): "No fear of the future, no regrets of the past."
I sorta half-jokingly refer to myself as a "woolly mammoth." I'm proud to sport a fuzzy goatee. I'm proud to display my skull shirts and my Ozzy stocking cap. I'm proud to say I've been a fan of hard rock and heavy metal for over 40 years. But I am also a patient, peace-loving husband, … Continue reading Cry of the Woolly Mammoth
"It's gonna be a tough road, for sure, but you can handle it. Nobody will think to tell you this, but you're much tougher than what you give yourself credit for. Yeah, there'll be setbacks, disappointments and pain, but overall, you're in for a wild ride, kid."
I’ll admit I’ve never been much of a smiler. Pain and fatigue are no excuse for me not having that type of spirit, Lord, and I’m sorry. I will try to work on that.
I love the wondrous variety of our country's melting pot, but not everyone shares that opinion. But you know what? I can't control everybody, I can only control MY actions...
We love reading Jeremiah 29:11, about God’s plans for us; plans for GOOD and not for EVIL. What many don’t realize, however, is these words were written in a letter to a group of captives just after being savagely ripped from their homes and taken to a strange and evil land. This group cried out for deliverance, but instead of carrying out a dramatic rescue, the Lord told them to ease up, chill out, settle in and make the most of it.