Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Musings





The big “No Smoking” signs around the front entrance of the hospital seem to entice smokers to light up. There are two benches with two big red and blue signs, and folks like to sit and smoke right by the signs. It was a great photo op, but I was afraid they’d chase me down and stomp my camera if I stopped to snap. Even being smokers, they might be able to out run me. 
Nicotine is a very strong addiction…almost as bad as sugar. Even connected to their IVs, patients were outside smoking, as were visitors…near the “No Smoking” signs.

Somehow I got on the “Partnership for a Tobacco Free Shoals” email list. I
quit smoking some 20 years ago, but I don’t have time to go around trying to stop the rest of the Shoals from smoking. People gonna do what they want to do! I sure don’t want them taking away my chocolate chip cookies.

Obviously, I am not sugar free these days.


My dad is doing very well medically. Some days, his setbacks and recovery process breaks my heart, but all in all, he’s doing well. He sure wants to go home, but he’ll be going to rehab before that happens. I sincerely thank you for all your prayers and concern.


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13 comments:

  1. Chips Ahoy,... with milk,... just sayin,...

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  2. Glad to hear your dad is doing pretty good; hopefully each and every day he'll get a bit stronger especially with the help of rehab. That will also help your mom in that when he's ready to come home from there, he should be pretty "self sufficient". It just doesn't look good I think to have people smoking any place close to a hospital, especially employees. You are right, a very addictive habit and if people are visiting patients in the hospital, I'm sure they need to go out and have a smoke if they are smokers.

    betty

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    1. As far as I know, I didn't see any staff. I'm sure they aren't brave enough to stand out front near the "no smoking" signs. It was patients and visitors. Hospitals are a stressful place...when they first went smoke free, people were stepping across the street and standing in and around the driveways of people who live near the hospital, and they were (rightfully so) quite upset about it.

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  3. I'm so glad your dad is doing well! :D

    Identity reveal. Soooo. You're finally going to fess up that you're really a 90 pound man who self-identifies as a chubby chick due to his love of chocolate chip cookies? 'Bout time.

    Deb

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    1. hahaha! Shhh!! You'll "out" me before I'm ready!

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  4. When I make glaring typos, some-buddy should tell me! haha (My own typos mortify me!)

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  5. I quit smoking about 15 years ago. I have written about it on my blog. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Very addictive for sure. I worked in the hospital when I quit. We smoked at the back entrance. They have since gone total No smoking but everyone now smokes at the front entrance. Maybe it was better when they had a designated smoking place!

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    1. The smokers here aren't right in the front entrance, but near enough that you have to pass by the cloud to get to the parking deck. I think were most of them congregate to smoke is where the designated smoking area was once upon a time.

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  6. Hurrah for your dad’s recovery! He’s stayin’ put on my prayers list ‘til you tell us to back off. (smile)

    Ironic, isn’t it that two of the most stressful spots on earth – hospitals and courthouses - were the first to ban smoking? Thanks to Chantix, I had a relatively-easy time quitting – but boy, let me get stressed about something out of my control, and the urge to light up is right there!

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    1. My family and I sure appreciate your prayers! He has developed a UTI and is on antibiotics, and his cough is very congested. Healing/recovery is a tiresome and long process, but he is trucking right along.

      I hear Chantix can cause some mighty crazy dreams. Did you notice anything out of the ordinary when you took it? My go-to during stress is food....and lots of it.

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    2. Sorry, I just saw this! Ya, crazy dreams for sure. But for the most part they were REALLY entertaining -- incredibly vivid colors and feeling like I was at an IMAX theatre. I used to quip (on half in jest) I'd like to start smoking again, just to get to take Chantix again and enjoy the dreams!

      PS - I really enjoyed seeing your family reunion photos! The Great Smoky Mountains is someplace I'd dearly love to see someday.

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