I’m waiting on my Shipt order to be delivered. I only order groceries about once per month and just order double what I might need till the next month. And I get takeout much of the time too, mostly due to the state of my back.
I don’t know what I’d do if we didn’t have grocery delivery now.
You know I was thinking back to the “olden days.” When we didn’t have cell phones and drove cars the size of boats and were just up a creek without a paddle should something happen to our vehicles in the middle of nowhere.
Yesterday I went to PT, as I do every Monday and Wednsday. Charlie goes on Tuesdays so we’re pretty busy the first of the week.
I thought maybe, just maybe, I might be able after PT to at least pop into Trader Joe’s for fresh fruit. I can usually manage there because it’s a small store.
But I walked out of PT pretty much as I walked in. So delicately it must have looked like I had a bomb strapped to me. My nerves in my back are so irritated now that I can’t seem to get out of this cycle of pain.
I was doing pretty well. But then they add more exercises and I just don’t seem to be able to handle that right now. So we’ve scaled way back to the exercises I was doing in the beginning.
And therefore I order everything I possibly can to be delivered.
So Still Outside:
It is still outside my windows. As though nature sniffs trouble in the air and is as silent and unmoving as possible. The birds are flying around, but the tree branches are just barely shifting in the air.
Not expecting any bad weather here. But isn’t that the oddest sensation when the world just seems to be hermetically sealed by some outside force?
Ivy is even sitting still as a stone waiting for a bird to light somewhere in the front or the back so she can pounce to that window and act appropriately outraged.
What I’m Reading:
He was brilliant, had a Ph.D in chemistry, and then went to law school, where he excelled and graduated at the top of his class.
And suddenly he spirals out of control with IV drugs. She and her children watched in horror as he lost weight and began to look so sick, having no idea he was a drug addict.
On the night he died and Eileen found him, she was aghast when the medical examiner told her of the signs of drug use on his body. Of the drug paraphernalia scattered about his home.
Drug Addiction Can Happen To Anyone:
But, she kept telling her, he was an attorney.
She pointed to the house where the various police and dedicated officials roamed. Staring at the ambulance that was no longer in a hurry because he could not be resuscitated.
“But he’s rich,” she announced emphatically. “He’s a successful attorney and many people depend on him.” Which sounded ridiculous of course, but that’s what she was thinking.
People like Peter weren’t drug addicts, she kept thinking. Eileen’s idea of a drug addict was a sketchy individual hovering in an alleyway waiting for a fix. They weren’t people who lived lavish lifestyles and made tons of money. That just did not compute for her.
But drug addiction can happen to anyone, the rich, the poor and the in-between. And we lose so many because of this epidemic. Probably many of you know someone who lost someone to drug addiction.
Here are some alarming statistics from disturbmenot.co for 2021.
Top 10 Important Addiction Statistics
- Only 10% of Americans dealing with addiction receive treatment.
- 4% of American teenagers struggle with a form of substance use disorder.
- 14.8% of young adults struggle with at least one form of substance use disorder.
- 1 in every 16 adults reported having a substance use disorder (SUD) in 2017.
- Meth is currently used by approximately 897,000 teenagers and adults in America.
- Approximately 5 million Americans regularly use cocaine.
- Around 34 million Americans smoke cigarettes.
- Approximately 2,200 individuals in the US die each year due to alcohol poisoning.
- The number of opioid overdoses in big cities has risen by 54% in 16 states.
- Approximately 4.1 million adults in America over 12 years of age struggled with a marijuana use disorder in 2017.