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Posted by vanlil May 9, 2017

Well gratefully my husband is home from Rehab. Doing very well.  Using a walker/cane but looking great.  WHAT A JOURNEY the last 324 days of not smoking.............and I must say I thought of cigarettes but examining my thoughts (at that time) I knew I DIDN'T WANT TO SMOKE.  I thought it through..............I am sure that will happen occasionally but it is only a thought and I don't want to SMOKE!!!!! Yeah 


SMOKERS help me!

Posted by vanlil May 5, 2017

My husband is recovering in Rehab now and it is amazing how many sick patients in Rehab are smokers.  Wonder why they are in Rehab?????    I pushed my husband out the front door to get some fresh air.........WHAT FRESH AIR????

Smokers in wheel chairs and walkers puffing away.  Even though there is a NO SMOKING sign by the front sliding doors. The other end of the portico was full with people (patients) puffing away and all of the benches were full for those smokers who were near the sliding doors.  

So I took him in the wheel chair down a ramp to another sitting area.  Time to go in and damn I couldn't push the chair up the too steep ramp.  So I decided I would use the driveway................HOLY COW still steep and guess what a HUGE speed bump and I couldn't push the wheelchair over it.  Quickly an Aide came running out as I was going to turn the chair around and go back down the driveway.  She said had I done that he could have fallen face down off the the chair.


Lillian  320 DOF



Posted by vanlil May 2, 2017

My husband had the endoscope and found he is loaded with ulcers.  Throat, stomach and duodenum.

Bleeding is not active anymore.  Lots of blood transfusions but on the road to recovery. I am exhausted but relieved. It was a blessing NOT TO HAVE TO SEARCH FOR SOMEPLACE TO SNEAK A CIGARETTE. 

I am so grateful that I have stayed QUIT.  

Today is 317 days of freedom from cigarettes  (Yeah)



Posted by vanlil Apr 30, 2017

My husband is in the Hospital and has loss 50% of his blood.  Don't know where it is coming from.  On whole blood and Plasma and doing a scope tomorrow AM.

If there is a problem with the care down here in Key West he will be sent by helicopter to Miami. I have a neighbor who will drive me up to Miami (if this happens) and my dgtr. who is a BSRN will fly in from Philadelpha.

Do I want to smoke?    No - but it sure crossed my mind.  I am just so grateful to have my voice back and not worried about not being able to go somewhere to smoke while in the Hospital.  They don't even allow smoking on the Hospital's property.   BUT ONE WOULD NEVER BE ENOUGH.      IT WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE TO STAY AWAY FROM.

I am so fortunate that none of my friends or children smoke.

Wow - I am physically tired and emotionally drained.  But with the help of GOD (always worked before) I will find the strength to continue on this journey.