It’s Sunday…yet again. It was bright and sunny today. To tell you the truth, it ain’t so emotional ’round here in Wyatt…lol. It’s actually pretty chill here. I guess everyone was right when they told me that the hardest part of my bid was over. I’m talking about my time spent pretrial, being held without bond in county jail. Granted, I’ve only been here for a few weeks. I’m sure there are guys who’ve spent months…or even years here pretrial…who might have a different opinion on the matter. But…this isn’t their blog…lol…it’s mine. So, as far as I’m concerned, Wyatt is pretty decent (for a jail anyway).
I’m NOT recommending that anyone should commit a crime and join me for an extended stay. I’m just saying that compared to my last accommodations, this place is like night and day. Shit…I should probably put some disclaimer on this page…considering the traffic it’s been getting. With my luck, some braniac will try to slap me with a lawsuit, blaming yours truly, saying that I said prison wasn’t too bad. Remember, we live in the country that allowed someone to sue McDonald’s for the coffee being too hot…without a warning label. We allowed them to sue and they won. So on that note: I am NOT prompting prison, crimes, doing or selling any drugs or illegal substances. Anything I say is for educational purposes…DON’T do drugs…and to the kids…stay in school!
Anyway, now that that’s settled, I had a pretty good day today. My mind state is currently on “the glass is half full” mode. Optimism is the only way to do time right without stressin’…as I’ve mentioned before. I just keep telling myself that every day is but one day closer…
I worked out in the early AM and again later in the afternoon…doing mostly cardio and calisthenics. I used to never workout on Sundays back in Middleton…trying something new! I have temporarily stopped my AM yoga. I’ll start again when I get to the camp.
I watched the Women’s World Cup Championship game. I’m pretty bummed that USA lost, but hey, Japan definitely needed a morale boost after the year they’ve had over there, so it wasn’t too bad (see…”half full”).
I finished reading my latest book, Bridget Jones’s Diary. I really enjoyed it. It was rather funny to get inside the mind of a single woman in a comic manner. Now if only every woman I date would just let me inside their mind, we’d be in business…lol.
I wrote a few letters to a few friends. With my luck, I’ll get shipped outta here on Friday and I won’t get any of their responses…lol. By the way, every Friday, there’s a bus from RI to MDC Brooklyn NY…which is my next stop…so I can move once again at a moment’s notice. I don’t get to choose when I go, they just randomly wake you up at 4AM and say “pack it up”. Maybe this Friday…who knows?
Oh yeah, I got a visit from my parents today. That was a pleasant surprise since they didn’t tell me they were coming. They even remarked that I seemed happier. I guess I am…well…considering I’m locked up. It’s crazy how one’s surroundings can totally change your outlook on things. So…needless to say…I feel pretty good. I’ve certainly come a long way, that’s for sure.
My friend Stephanie recently asked me via letter to go more in depth with these blog entries. She asked me to really dig into my addictions. I wrote her back today, and to that I responded, “which one?”…lol. So, I sat for a while, trying to analyze my addictive behavior and why I felt that I needed those pills…among my many other vices…to function socially. That’s what got me to thinking…how addiction took over my life.
I can’t really pinpoint the exact day I realized that I was addicted to the “blueberries”. It kind of just happened. At first, I absolutely loved the way they made me feel, and when something can alter my mood or enhance how I feel, I go balls to the wall. I don’t stop. I’ve never been able to have just ONE drink, sniff just ONE line, or bet on just ONE game. I always go for broke. I don’t want the feeling to end…that rush. See, I was NO angel before I got hooked on the 30′s. I’ve done my share of partying. Shit…I’ve probably done your share too…but I always had limitations. I never really let drugs or alcohol dictate my life…well…not too much. If I was in school or working, I wouldn’t touch shit during the week. I’d only party on the weekends or on vacations. That’s pretty normal, I guess. I mean, don’t most young people work all week just to get wasted and loose on the weekends? Well I did…for a long time. I’ve done it all…well…all your party drugs anyways. You got your E, GHB, K, cocaine…you get the idea. By the way, I am in NO way bragging about my drug use. In fact, as I look back on it, I’m quite disgusted with myself. I was an absolute mess. I was an addict LONG before the pills…I just didn’t realize it…or I just didn’t care either way. Maybe I was in some sort of denial. Like, I didn’t fit the stereotypical drug addict description. I had a full-time job, I was in great shape, had no criminal record, I had a great social life, and I had a really close relationship with my family. I was what they call a “functioning addict”. I used to always say, “I hate cocaine…I just love how it smells.” See, I still don’t know specifically why I thought I needed drugs. I mean, it wasn’t to “fit in” or anything. It’s not like I was socially awkward. I just loved how they made me feel…I guess. In fact, I’ve been told in the past that I was a fucking weirdo when I did coke…really anti-social. Wait…isn’t that the opposite of why I did it in the first place? Then why did I do it so much? Addiction. That’s why. I guess I have been addicted to more than merely drugs over the years. Money, fame, women, steroids, gambling…all the things that alter my mind and enhance my mood in one way or another. But…it was those pills…those magical blue pills (no…not Viagra…lol…although these are quite magical)…those 30′s…that actually got me more than mentally addicted. I became physically dependent on them. It became more than just a poor choice, it became a necessity.
I remember waking up one morning in my Boston apartment. The girl I was with woke me up, semi-grossed out, because apparently I was soaked in a small pool of cold sweat. I laughed it off to the steroids I was on at the time, or that I might be coming down with the flu. Blueberries never even crossed my mind. At that time, I was only taking a few pills a day…for recreational purposes. Yeah, I said “only”. That day, for some reason, I didn’t take them as I normally would’ve. So then, all of a sudden, after being awake for an hour, I started to burn up. I was sweating profusely, as if I were in a sauna. It lasted about 15 hot minutes, so I hopped in the shower and then…boom! I was freezing my balls off…even under hot water. I had the worst chills I’ve ever had in my life. That lasted about 15 minutes. Then…you guessed it…back to sauna mode…sweating bullets. OK, that lasted ALL day like that, going back and forth from hot to cold intervals. Talk about mild insanity…so I figured I was sick. I must have come down with something. Then, out of nowhere, I felt completely weak. I was too weak to even walk. It was as if all my strength had been drained out of my body. So, I tried to eat something…soup…I think. Bad idea. Well…good idea…but it wasn’t happening. I was nauseous. I couldn’t eat or drink. I was so sick to my stomach that I began dry heaving uncontrollably. I was sprawled out on my bathroom floor, hugging the toilet bowl. Marvelous, I had the flu. I hate the flu, it sucks, but this seemed worse, maybe it was H1N1. Shit. Didn’t I get my flu shot? So, I figured I’d try to crawl to my room to lay down. Now mind you, I still have the “hot/cold” thing going on and I’m sick to my stomach, so lying down wasn’t exactly easy. It was really uncomfortable, I was blasting my A/C when hot, then cranking the heat and hiding under the covers when the chills came on. I couldn’t sleep. My legs ached as if I had just ran a marathon, and they wouldn’t stop moving, like they had a mind of their own. It’s called Restless Leg Syndrome…or so I’m told. In fact, ALL of my muscles ached…badly. I felt like I just took a beatin’ from Randy Couture. I tried to sleep…I couldn’t. Now all this is occurring over the course of the day, so the symptoms I’m describing are just getting worse and worse. This was it. I was dying. A slow painful death…all alone (the girl I was seeing at the time was now at work). I wouldn’t wish that pain on my worst enemy.
Then I had a bright idea. I decided to take a few 30′s. I figured I was in real pain and I had pain pills…made sense. Since I was getting rid of them in an abundance, I always had a squirrel stash of them around my apartment (for recreational use obviously). I took two…actually had to force ‘em down. It wasn’t easy since I was on the verge of death. It wasn’t instant gratification, but about 15-20 minutes later, I felt considerably better. Wow, these pills are the best. I sniffed another. No way was I gonna try and force another down my throat…with the dry heaves and all. I felt…wonderful…all symptoms gone. I felt as if I could actually run a marathon. I was a genius. I cured the flu! Wait…shit…then it all hit me. I was sick because I didn’t take the percs that morning, not because I had the flu. I’m such an idiot. How did this happen? When? Nah…can’t be. I’m no drug addict. Purely coincidence. Denial…it’s a funny thing…huh? But I knew what was up…I just didn’t know what was to come. I didn’t only want the pills now…I needed them. I loved them…
(To be continued…)