Marlboro Country

My mom was just diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Her lungs are badly and irreparably scarred. She is too old for a lung transplant and needs to be on oxygen 24/7. She can’t walk more than 100 feet without losing her breath. That parameter will shrink and eventually she’ll be bound to a wheelchair. She can only sleep sitting up.

She got this way, of course, because of cigarettes. The doctor asked how long she has been smoking. Ironically, she has never smoked a cigarette in her entire life. Not one. Her father and the two zeros she married were chain smokers, so she has been living inside a cloud of cigarette smoke her entire life.

If you smoke, you are no longer permitted to read my blog. Go away and don’t come back. Fucker.

13 thoughts on “Marlboro Country

  1. ouch. sorry to hear that… my mom smoked 2-3 packs a day for 65 years, but it was my dad that got cancer. well, unrelated cancer (colon), but it just seemed a bit backwards to me…

  2. I am sorry. My dad was diagnosed with that right after my first husband’s death in early 2006. They gave him months – literally – but an aggressive steriod treatment put it into remission. Now, of course, it is lung cancer that is killing him.I wonder how all the smoke I have been exposed to via Dad and my siblings (and my late husband – he did quit but when the dementia set in he started up again) has harmed me. I am convinced my asthma is a direct result. My sibs all still smoke – incredibly. I studiously avoid smokers now. I will even cross the street to get away from them hovering outside of buildings if I can. I feel sorry for them but I can’t abide their entitlement attitudes.

  3. Sorry to hear it. You and your mom have my sympathies.Like many, I too grew up with a chain smoker. I hope I don’t have to pay for someone else’s ignorance like your mom is.Take care…

  4. so sorry about your mother UB. I hope she gets to enjoy the time she has left and creates happy memories for your two little girls.I don’t smoke and neither did stephen. the cancer ended up in his lungs through metastasising. life really sucks sometimes doesn’t it?

  5. all: Thank you for taking the time to pass along your sympathies. Mrs. Wife and I appreciate it. Mom lives 500 miles away, so it’s really on my brother and sister, who still live in the same town, to deal with this on a daily basis. They’re the real heroes. All I do is send as much $$$ as my budget will allow. It’s feels hollow but it’s all I can do.

  6. Ah, crap. I’m so sorry to hear about this. I promised a very good friend that I would quit two hears ago. I cut back to a couple days a week, but I should quit, you’re right.Pearl

  7. So sorry to hear about Mom, our prayers and thoughts are with you and yours…. take care… Ricky and Doreen from Cleveburgh

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