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I'm a doctor, intimately related to a recovering alcoholic. Being a doctor is a big part of my identity, and it's a place where my stinking-thinking can run amok. I blog about recovery, medicine, and the relationship between the two.

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  • Randomness vs Miracles
    on Apr 28, 2010 in acceptance
    I was driving to work thinking about a woman in my practice. "I should write a post about her issue," I thought. "Take the focus off my home life."Who should be in my waiting room smiling grimly at me, but the woman herself.My intent was to write a...
  • Your comments
    on Apr 27, 2010 in certainty
    My posts on the anger in my house have been a challenge to write, and to read comments on.The loving-yet-angry person in this house has been reading my posts as I write them, and saying to me that he agrees with them. He says my posts are accurate a...
  • A New Leaf
    on Apr 26, 2010 in change
    Back in the fall when the last leaves fell from the maple trees, I changed my banner photo to reflect that. I've been waiting ever since for this day, when I could start documenting the return of the leaves.How poignant that it should be happening n...
  • on Apr 24, 2010 in recovery awareness anger
    So, it continues. I am eating again. The dog needs walking. The kids generate play dates and dirty dishes. May 1st will be the move out day. We go for walks together and talk about the details. Sometimes the dog comes, although my relative feel...
  • Standing at the Threshold
    on Apr 24, 2010
    We told the kids. Rather, he told the kids. They wept. I sat there looking on, hugging them, knowing I could fix their pain in a snap of the fingers. If I only said 'Oh, alright, I've changed my mind. He can stay.'I didn't say it, though.The que...
  • Crazy but ClearI feel more and more settled in this decision to ask my husband to take a 'time out'. That's how I see it. My hope is that he will approach his time away from us as a time of renewal. I was talking to a friend this morning. She & I had a long...
  • Release of Contortion
    on Apr 21, 2010
    My relative has agreed to move out. Drama is over - he is graciously agreeing to go. It will be a trial period. I am hoping he gets a 4 month sublet in an apartment that's already furnished. He's going to look at it this afternoon. So are 7 other...
  • Change
    on Apr 20, 2010 in change certainty anger
    On Sunday night I went to my usual Al-Anon meeting. I spoke up when there was a request for topics. I spoke a little about about my situation with an angry relative at home, and asked if we could speak about courage. There were about 20 people in...
  • My Part in It
    on Apr 18, 2010 in action step one my part
    This anger eruption that happened 48 hours ago has put me into a new place. For years I have said to myself 'Never again. I won't accept that behavior ever again. If it ever happens again, I will take action.' But then the apologies are so heartf...
  • Situations Bound to Change
    on Apr 17, 2010 in change chaos
    As my own life gets back on the path, others are suddenly released to explode. "Things are bound to change," says the introduction to the Al-Anon meeting. I didn't expect change like this.We've got one angry family member and another who is emotion...
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