Well, I have been up at the hospital with my dad for an appointment with ophthalmology for the fourth week running this morning. He has had a bleed from his retina into the jelly in his eyeball (made worse because he is on warfarin) and they couldn’t work out why.
After having bright lights shone through varying strengths of magnifying glasses into his eye for up to 10 minutes at a time spanning over an hour on four separate occasions, they have finally been able to see past the general blood in his eye to see a tight mass of blood in there. He has to go back next week to see the surgeon for his opinion and to decide on a course of action. Today, the consultant said that it is down to the fact that my dad was a smoker until when he lost his leg.
My dad is such a brave man, he’s always positive and cheerful but I think this is getting him worried because his vision is pretty seriously impaired in that eye now and it hasn’t really got any better in the month since it happened. I am praying that this resolves itself and he gets his sight back to what it was. He has paid so much for the fact that he smoked, I don’t want him to have to go through anything else.
Smoking is evil in so many ways, there are things that can go wrong that you wouldn’t even consider.
I’m so relieved I have quit now. I just hope and pray that I will heal enough to avoid the things that have happened to my parents from it.
I didn't need any more determination to never ever light up again but I've got it anyway.
If I could have one wish in my life, it would be that no-one else would ever start smoking ever again, anywhere in the world. It's time for this poison to stop killing people, both quickly and slowly.
I was in two minds as to whether or not to post this because its pretty negative but if it gives anyone a nudge to either quit or stay quit if they're struggling then it will be worth it.