Posted 11/28/2019 9:56 AM (GMT -6)
I smoked about a pack a day in the last year of high school, through college and grad school, and in the army. When I got out of the army and met my wife, she said the cigarettes must go, and I promised her that my then current pack would be my last. I nursed that pack for about two weeks, lighting up a cigarette, taking a few drags, and carefully extinguishing it to be completed later. But, when that pack was gone, I was through with smoking forever. That was 49 years ago.
Now, working part-time at a funeral home, I regularly see the results of smoking. Ironically, when we're doing a funeral for someone who died way too young from smoking related illness, I notice fewer mourners in the chapel, and many more outside at the smoking areas.
On a positive health note (and I have actually had a very healthy life), I was successfully cardioverted yesterday for atrial fibrillation and am back in sinus rhythm. I would like to think it will last, but who knows. This follows a 3-stent implantation in my right coronary artery on Oct. 21st. Two very successful procedures, and I'm very thankful.