He woke up to the sound of huming birds and feeling that the ground he was laying on was so hard, he was stuttled and came to his full senses. He was surrounded by graves of all kinds! But why was he at the graveyard? He sat there alarmed not being able to reicanate what really happened. All he could hear this particular moment were screams and laughters of ghosts in his head. Something touched his foot and he gave away a loud scream.It was just weed! The Lion he had purpoted to be was long gone. He practically shock and cried like a baby. He didn’t know how to get out of this hell hole because it was still a little bit dark. He also couldn’t risk moving from where he was, lest he wanted to come face to face with the king of Ghosts. How did he get here though?
That night, Mark had gone on a drinking spree with friends away from town. But before that, he had done something mean during the day. Her mum had requested for a mere KES 5000 from him but as was his usual norm, he lied that he was overly broke. What his mother did not know was that he actually had KES 60,000 in his possession that particular time and it was going to be wasted that night in the name of fun with friends.
Mark’s parents had invested a lot in his education and had even gotten themselves in numerous debts with banks and even friends and relatives. They even sold several cows when they ran short of means to ensure there son got the best education in Kenya and abroad. It is not like he was the only child and it is not like his parents who were just common teachers were so educated. They saw potential in him and knew that by giving him the best education, he would offload some of their burden when he finally got a good job. Maybe, just maybe he would take care of his younger siblings. If only Mark’s parents knew earlier in time that they were throwing their money in a deep sea!
In campus, Mark did not disappoint. He passed with the best degree in medicine and was even in the papers. When he started his career journey, his great focus in life was evident. Everyone saw a successful man in him. He was indeed the joy and pride of his parents. Each end month, he would surprise them with money in their Mpesa accounts. Kids in his home area looked up to him. His peers admired him but this was not to last.
Why did he have to take the alcohol route? Was his work overwhelming him? Did he have stresses that nobody knew about? Stresses that left him when he drunk like a fish and lost his senses? His house on the hilly slope had been turned into a brothel that all kinds of women visited. The bar became his second home. Shortly, his alcoholism would not allow him function effectively at his work place and he was therefore laid off. His friends who revered him initially, abandoned him for there was nothing left to emulate. He had become a completely different version of himself. The loss of his job was not to be known to his family though.
So last night was actually meant to be extra ordinary and indeed it was. After partying and having drinks, Mark and his friends decided to head back home. Though already drunk, they decided to have a little bit more of fun. The fun was in form of speed on the road with their Subaru. They made drunken screams all the way from Rongai where they had been drinking and lucky for them but strange to the country man, there were no police Stopovers. But where were the officer? Anyway. So around Lang’ata, their Subaru lost breaks and rolled.
So Mark actually collapsed a few moments after regaining Consciousness and familiarizing himself with his surrounding. The Graveyard! Lucky for him, the caretakers of the Graveyard found him in time and rushed him to the nearest hospital. He had serious internal bleeding and was send in a coma.
So what will happen to him when he finally comes to, and learns that all his friends succumbed? Maybe, just maybe will he mend his ways. Maybe he will learn that, no matter how high the ladders one climbs in life are, Mama and Papa should always be appreciated. Work should never replace the people who matter because at some point work ends and is replaced by another one almost immediately, but for the people who matter, they are irreplaceable! If I May ask. Is there anyone who has been able to replace a sister, a brother or a parent once they are gone? Anyone?
Maybe he will also learn that, no matter how stressful the situation might be, alcohol is never the solution. Drugs neither. Consistent consumption of alcohol and use of drugs leads to abuse, which comes with detrimental effects. An alcohol and drugs addict is vulnerable to loosing balance of almost every part of their body, from the heart to the bowels. Substance abuse can lead to abnormal heart Rate and heart attacks, and injecting drugs can results in collapsed veins and infections in ones heart valves.
He might also discover that excessive consumption might have altered the functionality of his brain. How? You May ask. Okay. It may interest you to know that your brain is the most complex Organ in your body and though it weighs less than 3 pounds, It somewhat mysteriously controls both your thoughts and the physiological processes that keep you alive. Drugs and alcohol change the way you feel by altering the chemicals that keep your brain working smoothly. Scientifically, When you first use drugs, your brain releases a chemical called dopamine that makes you feel euphoric and want more of the drug. Over time, your mind gets so uses to the extra dopamine that You can’t function normally without It. Everything about you begins to change, including your personality, memory and bodily processes that you might currently take for granted.
As we wait for Mark to come to and learn his lessons, you that still has a chance of mending your ways away from the ICU, don’t take it for granted. Remember that, the repercussions of alcohol and drug abuse might not always be on health. Alcoblow is for drunkards. Reckless driving can lead to death or disability. Remember also that, no employer can trust a drunkard with his job and so you might remain jobless and broke for a long time!