Monday, October 15, 2012

The Promise



When I was 6 years old I was in the hospital for a week or so due to scarlet fever. 
I woke up one morning and my legs just did not work.
My mom thinks it was caused by the antibiotics I was on, but to this day we don't really know why or how it happened.
 
I don't remember much from the experience, except for a conversation I had with my dad.
He promised me that if I got better, he would quit smoking.

I got better.
He never quit.


To this day I bring that conversation up with him because it is one I will never forget. Even though I was only a child, I knew how bad smoking was and wanted my dad to quit so he could be around forever.


This past weekend my dad had a heart attack.
Thankfully it was mild, but he is in the hospital and undergoing a series of tests and procedures.

I wish he took his health more seriously. I worry about him everyday and now one of my worst fears has come true.

I know he is going to be okay, but I hope he realizes how lucky he is.
He gets a second chance.
Not many people are that lucky after something as serious as a heart attack.


Dad if you're reading this, I love you and can't wait until you're home again.

Thank you to everyone for your continued thought and prayers.

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24 comments:

  1. Prayers your way <3 I can relate to this with not only my parents, but my husband's as well <3

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  2. I nearly cried reading that, wishing your dad a speedy recovery! And lots of love you your entire family <3

    Maybe it's time you suggest he keep that promise?

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  3. Sending so many prayers and love your way carlyn <3

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  4. so sorry to hear this I will be praying for yall!

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  5. This post made my heart stop.
    I know how scared you must have been and still must be. I lost my dad 3 years ago just before Christmas when I was a senior in high school. He had a heart attack and he was only 49. I am sending prayers your way and I hope that this is a wakeup call for him to begin to lead a healthier lifestyle. He has you for tips and motivation! :)

    Thinking of you and your loved ones.

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  6. I'm glad that your dad is doing OK. This hits really close to home for me. I made a similar request to my dad around that age. He wasn't as lucky and passed away from a heart attack at 42 when I was 8. I hope that your Dad has a fast recovery. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

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  7. I am so sorry to hear about your father. Some people need a health scare to wake them up and make them take control of their health.Hopefully this will help your dad make some changes and who better than to help him but you. Glad he is going to be okay and gets this second chance. xoxo

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  8. My thoughts go out to your dad and you and your family! I really really hope he quits smoking!

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  9. thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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  10. I hear where you're coming from. I know quite a few people who maybe didn't make a promise but definitely had a health scare but even after, didn't make changes. I don't know what it is...clearly it's an addiction but seeing your words on here I'm hopeful he will take steps to make a change. It's never too late to get healthy. I'll be thinking of your family and looking forward to updates on his progress. Keep your head up!

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  11. Thinking of you and your family. Hoping for a speedy recovery for your dad!

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  12. I'm so sorry Carlyn! You and your family are in my prayers.

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  13. Continued prayers. I hope dad is home soon and more importantly ready to kick those cigarettes out of his life. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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  14. Oh hunnie, I am so sorry! My prayers are with you & your family. Continue being you, and smiling. It's what he'll want <3 If you need anything, or just need to talk.. please don't hestitate to email me "jessiejoshua21@yahoo.com"

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  15. Smoking is a touch subject for me too. Thinking of you and your dad! :)

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  16. I'm so sorry! I hope your dad is hime soon and allows you to give him the support he needs in his recovery.

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  17. Prayers - to your whole family.....nothing but love for you!

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  18. continuing to prayers all around. xo

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  19. Such a sad story. I'm really sorry to hear about your dad and I hope for his sake and your sake that he will quit.

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  20. Oh, wow. I can imagine the emotion and heartache that goes with this. All you can do is be there for him, which I know you are. Hugs to you and your family!

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