I Am A Peace At The Vail Valley Medical Center After Suffering From Withdrawal Symptoms From Alcoholism
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To begin, I want to clarify that I am not sharing this because I seek sympathy, I am rather sharing this because I feel that I owe a sincere explanation to you all.
My father was admitted to the Vail Valley Medical Center after suffering from withdrawal symptoms from alcoholism on June 21st, 2015 (Father’s Day), one week before I left for the United States Naval Academy. Within the first week of Plebe Summer I learned that he had almost passed away after developing a staph infection and that Flight For Life Colorado had to transport him to a larger hospital in Denver. During Plebe Summer I also learned that my grandfather, whom I had been extremely close with, had passed away on July 14th, 2015. I missed the funeral that was held on July 21st, 2015 in Durango because I was in Annapolis, and I was therefore unable to be there for my grandmother. These two events reinforced how much I value my family and my proximity to them. I made the difficult decision to depart the United States Naval Academy because I felt that I needed to be in Colorado to support my family, especially my mother and my 14-year-old brother. I want you all to know that I do not place any blame on my father for what happened. He decided to quit drinking alcohol solely for the reason that he wanted to be sober in order to give me the the best possible final week at home. It was an act of love that turned into disaster, despite his pure intentions. If you know him you are extremely fortunate, and I truly