“I never saw her drunk since the day I met her,” Daniel Schuler said at a news conference. “She was not a drinker. She was not an alcoholic.”
He suggested that anything from a stroke to gestational diabetes to even an abscessed tooth could have caused Diane Schuler, 36, to act irrationally in the hours before the July 26 crash.
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Husband of Wrong Way Drunk Driving Mom is in Denial
We all feel denial for many reasons in life when it comes to alcoholism or drug addiction. When you think of denial about it, what do you think? You normally would think of the actual alcoholic, right? The alcoholic swearing they don’t have a problem and can quit if they wanted to, that they have their drinking under control.
Well I was thinking about Daniel Schuler last night before I fell asleep and my heart goes out to him. He never had a chance to hear his wife deny any type of alcoholic drinking, he never had the chance to hear her say like I did so many times, “I’ve only had a couple,” and then stumble away. He’s having to deal with his wife’s alcoholism after she has hit the worst rock bottom there is, death and not just her death but she took other people down with her. He’s also having to grieve for his beautiful daughter, the other children in the car and people he didn’t even know. My heart cries for him while he says and thinks the quotes above. He’s going to have to go from denial to acceptance in a heart beat, when normally it would take years to do that.
The cold hard facts were that she was an alcoholic and come on I’m not jumping the gun on that but when a person has a BAL of 0.19 AND six ounces of vodka still in the stomach that hadn’t even started getting absorbed into the system, they’re a drinker. If this was her first time drinking to the point of drunkeness she would’ve passed out instead of getting behind the wheel of that car, it takes a drinker to even think they can control themselves after that many drinks and it takes a drinker to get to 0.19, that’s atleast 10 shots of vodka! Phew that’s a lot of alcohol, I was just thinking I drank even more than that not but 3 years ago AND took care of my children, or pretended to take care of them; it makes me shudder to think that they are still alive and happy.
I’m hoping that with this story so many people will stop to think before they drive, I’m hoping that this story will stop some meaningless deaths. So Daniel try to think with your brain right now and think of how you can take some good out of these meaningless deaths and help stop others from doing just what your loving wife did to herself and eight others. Accept her alcoholism, get your wife’s story out there, keep it out there, and let others know they need to stop and use their brains when it comes to getting behind the wheel of such a powerful machine and drinking, or using other drugs. Help stop drinking and driving.