Smoking Cigarettes

This is normal.

I used to smoke.

I stopped four years ago.

The turning point for me was pain.

I have no idea how two Limerick doctors and an arrogant wanker top surgeon could have failed to diagnose the cause of that pain. A retired hospital orderly, in a pub, asked if I would like to be free of the pain. Part of his job in the Limerick city regional hospital included delivering removed appendages from operating theatre to morgue.

I would have accepted removal of my leg with a chainsaw; the pain was that bad.

That ‘unqualified’ retired hospital orderly told me to “stop smoking and the pain will be gone in one day”.

After months of what was an increasingly agonising self-inflicted torture, I was pain-free in a day and a half.

I did not undergo vascular surgery.

Overall, I was slow in choosing good health over bad but now that I have it, I’m keeping it.

Two minutes

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