GOT A BAD BERIBERI AFTER CONTINUOUS HANGOVERS

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GOT A BAD BERIBERI AFTER CONTINUOUS HANGOVERSTales of My Worst Hangovers

I was 27 years old back then, so it must have been more than 20 years ago.
I was transferred from Tokyo to Shizuoka.
Being chased away from the main city, I was very dissatisfied.
“Why me”, I thought.
But when I actually moved in, it was a whole different story.

The welcome party in the branch office, welcome party by the department,
a reception party held by a major local client,
welcome party by colleagues that entered the company on the same year,
party held by people I knew from college living in Shizuoka…

I got drunk every single day.
After the toast, I would have my cup refilled as soon as I dried it.
I would get carried away and go on drinking without any eats.
After getting crunk, I would wake up and find myself in my bed.

I managed to go to my company, yet couldn’t eat lunch because of the hangover.
Still, I was young back then.
By sunset, I would be fully recovered and feeling ready to go.

Then, I would go out drinking….
Strangely enough, I would find myself in the bed next morning,
and would be ready to go by sunset and do it all over again and again.

One morning, I went to get a cup of water.
When I held the cup, I couldn’t feel it.
I could see my hand holding the cup,
but couldn’t feel my hands holding it.
I automatically gripped the cup as strong as possible.
I felt cold sweat running all over my body.
I gave a pause and tried to brush my teeth.
Holding the toothbrush also felt numb…
although I could “see” my hands holding it.
I held on to the toothbrush tight.

Thinking back on my day-to-day life,
I could easily guess that something really bad was happening to my body.
With cold sweats running, I made two phone calls.
One for the company saying,
“I’m feeling ill today. I have to go to the hospital before I head to the office”.
The other call was for my mother.
For some reason, I was convinced that I’m going to go through a surgery and told her,
“I’m really sick. I’m headed to the hospital now and it may well be a surgery.

At a university hospital,
I went through a blood exam and waited until I could see the doctor.
I explained my symptoms to the doctor.
looking at the blood exam report, he said,
“It’s a beriberi resulting from malnutrition…
how much are you getting paid for this?” with a fed up expression,
then gave me a lecture.
With a single injection, the cold sweat and the numbness went away.

I called my mother saying,
”I recovered” and headed for the office.
As you might expect, on that day I went straight back home.
(53-year-old male, independent business)

 

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