I had a truly sobering experience yesterday and would like to understand it physiologically. Yesterday we were having a party at our house-most people were in the back yard, everyone was eating, drinking (heavily) and being merry. Then we heard this horrible blood curdling scream from the neighbor who lives adjacent to us. There is a tall hedge between our properties so we couldn’t see what was going on, but a bunch of us ran around to the front and went back into their yard. The elderly woman who lives there was pulling a limp child out of the pool (I later learned it was her great-nephew). A cardiologist was in the group and he rushed over and took the child and started working on him. As soon as he started CPR, the boy started coughing and choking so I knew he would probably be okay. By the time paramedics arrived, he was crying. Happy ending.
The weird thing was, I went from being extremely buzzed to being COLD SOBER in matter of a few minutes. What causes that and how? I thought my buzz might return after things settled down, but it didn’t. I could have easily driven a car, done a cartwheel on a balance beam or said the alphabet backwards (things I can do IRL, when sober). I don’t get it…what happened to the alcolhol in my system?