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It's Too Late

Friday, May 10, 2013

Today I went to visit a very good friend of mine, Frank. I go to see him every week to do his grocery shopping, do his laundry, wash dishes and clean up a little, whatever needs to be done. Frank has COPD and can't be without oxygen at all, He hasn't left the house in 6 months and that was just for a doctor visit. Frank had a heart attack about 7 years ago and has been going downhill since. He's 72 now.
The reason he had a heart attack was:
1 His cholesterol was extremely high causing blockages in his coronary arteries from guess what:
a His diet was mostly take out burgers, KFC etc.
b He only drank coffee period, never water
c He had not exercised a day in his life
d he never went to a doctor for regular check ups
e He ignored all the signs (Shortness of breath, chest tightness/pains)

It's so sad what people do to their bodies and don't even realize it! Back then there was no education about your body and health.
He is on all the right medications but "it's too late for him" to get any of his health back. He can't exercise because he only has 30% of his lungs functioning.
I asked Frank if he could change one thing in his life what would that be and he said he wished he would have taken better care of himself.
"It's too late"
The good news is it's not to late for us, we all have the education, tools and SUPPORT right here at SP if we use them.

Frank was one of my reasons for changing my lifestyle. Don't be like Frank, work the program now, not tomorrow, now, so you can have a long, healthy fulfilling life!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LADYBUG1943 5/15/2013 11:43AM

    I hope you forgive me for bragging a little here. My husband is also 72. Because I got interested in health a long time ago, we eat a pretty healthy diet. Both his mother and his brother (quadruple bi-pass at 58) have had major heart problems. My DH would live on barbecue and chips left to his foody desires, but he eats pretty well most of the time.

He is still working as a consultant, fixes sewing machines in his spare time, and although he also never exercises, stays in NEAT most of the day. Last summer he dug up the top two inches of topsoil (after removing 3 shrubs and various perennials), put it to one side, dug out and discarded the next 2 inches of clay, put all the topsoil back, and built me a raised bed for vegetables. He took his time and rested, but he was relentless about working on it every day.

The one thing I wish I would learn from him is that he is driven to eat what he's hungry for, and although it's mostly meat dishes, he is frequently hungry for vegetables like cabbage or beans (comfort food). He never eats when he's not hungry. I have many family members like your friend Frank, and am so grateful for my husband's good habits, and what a difference they've made for his health.


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GBSLIM 5/12/2013 1:41PM

    Bless you Kim for taking care of Frank. That is so sad. I will pray for him.
His story is scary b/c my dh does all the things you listed as the cause of Frank's heart attack. I am going to show your blog to him. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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THRIVE2DAY 5/11/2013 4:01AM

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BLONDIE218145 5/10/2013 11:10PM

    We will not be like Frank right? emoticon to you, too!!

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SHILLEE 5/10/2013 11:09PM

    Great reminder! So right, tomorrow may be too late, because it is never promised to us. emoticon

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