Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Malingering? or Sick?

Several clients have been suffering from flu and colds. And, of course, because we don't want to spread anything, we usually excuse them from group and other activities so they won't infect others.

But there’s also been an unknown malady that’s struck a few of our clients the past few weeks. It's so new that it hasn't even been identified. There's been nothing in the newspapers about it.

The interesting thing about this ailment is that it only strikes in the daytime - usually right around the time groups or individual sessions are scheduled. The symptoms are headaches, stomach aches, dizziness and - once in a while - a sore back. The clients say they simply need to lay down for a while and it'll pass. However, the symptoms always subside by evening, right after the clinic closes.

After that the client is better and is out and about – seemingly back to normal. At first it only affected one client. Then his roommate contracted the same thing. Then another client down the hall.

And the next day it sometimes comes back again. Hopefully missing these scheduled appointments won’t affect these clients’ recovery.

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