Yeah, Yeah, not another “quit smoking” article; right? Well yes it is. If you haven’t weighed the less favorable advantages of smoking, have you at least weighed out the cost of smoking? Is it worth your life?
Vic has been in and out of hospitals for the past year complaining of chest pains, shortness of breath, and a assortment of other ailments. He needs to keep an oxygen machine next to his bed. When he is not using the machine or his inhalers, he pops a virtual cornucopia of pills (11).
Vic has lost 40 pounds in the last 8 months whittling away at his already slender 6-ft, 165-lb frame; leaving him a virtual ghost of the person he used to be for the duration of better times. His heart valves are congested, and the doctors tell him and his wife that his heart muscle is unable to withstand any surgical trauma.
Vic, a 58-year old retired automati worker, tells us through fits of wheezes and coughs that he started smoking cigarettes at the ripe young age of 14. After a sip of water he looks over at his wife and tells her through teary, bloodshot eyes that he is always sentiment tired with no strength and is sentiment weaker by the day.
He tells us that he has already resigned himself to the fact that his heart will quit. “It may be as I am talking to you right now or, it may be next year”. He doesn’t now the precise place or time. But he does know that it will be comparatively soon.
He has had the past assorted months to start out putting his affairs in order and commence saying the good byes to his 5 children, 18 grandchildren, and his 3 great grandchildren.
As he is speaking to us we may see his eyes light-up with a memory reflectivity as he speaks of when he firstborn met his wife Jean. But alas, the gleam that was there leaves as speedily as it came as he of a sudden realizes that soon there will be no more moments to portion or memories to make.
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