The power of a band …… #R2BT

brass-band-437938_1280I was so keen to stop drinking temporarily inside this Ready to Be Thirsty [#R2BT]thing that I signed up to another similar campaign elsewhere.

I put my name into Dryuary.  I had thought about Dry January – the granddaddy of them all – but I went for the new one. This whole business is new for me, so I figured there was a parallel.

If you check either of those out, you’ll see where we got the foundation and inspiration for Ready to be Thirsty.

Truthfully, I was trying to manage my anxiety. Work up my courage. Build up my confidence for NOW, when it counts. What am I saying? – every day counts. But somehow I figured that if I built up my stamina by trying to cut back in January I would be fully, utterly ready for February.

And yes, I messed up – twice.

I started with ginger ale and all was fine… until the band kicked up. I was on a date night with my girlfriend, and something about clumsy covers of Bob Dylan put me right on the edge of letting loose.

And then, I was up and down all night as my kidneys fully rediscovered their purpose. Mental note – don’t let the band begin to play this February.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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