Fortunately for the guy, the operation was successful and he survived (without pancreas, spleen, parts of the small intestine). He now has to take about nine different types of medication per day and is dependent on insulin injections.
he quit smoking and drinking, and his trumpet playing improved beyond previous expectations. He became a pro at age 37 and now leads his own orchestra - successfully. Only yesterday I attended one of his concerts in a local hotspot - sold out, with a crowd of over 600 cheering him on.
You can have that kind of thing without the operation, without the medication and without all the anxiety (he's a married man with three kids, all of whom witnessed his fight for life) IF YOU DON'T SMOKE!
Well, we don't know if the OP quit smoking, but he certainly did quit posting!
When I was in the Navy, I smoked, dipped, and drank. It was fun while it lasted. At some point, however (while you're still young) you gotta give that stuff up.
At age 18, I went to prime ("pick") tobacco in southern Ontario as a summer job from university. Tobacco ripens from the ground up, 2 leaves at a time; there's a tobacco plant every 18" in straight rows that extend beyond the horizon. We started at daybreak, sitting on the small bench of a machine that was self-propelled through the rows, with a large open wooden box suspended over your lap. You snap off the two ripened leaves with your right hand, transfer them to your left and place them in the box, butt ends lined up. The box pushes aside the green leaves as you go, and these leaves gently brush your face, shoulders and bare arms. By 11am it's about 110F on the sand down in Tillsonburg, so you work in shorts and a T-shirt.
Here's the kicker: after a day of this gentle brushing of leaves against your skin you can take a butter knife and scrape about 1/8" of raw black tar right off your skin - just like the tar on paved roads. That's before you smoke the stuff into your lungs.
After about a week of this you need to get a shot for nicotine poisoning where the tar has touched. It looks just like a really baaaad case of poision ivy - and that's before you smoke the stuff.
My second day there I started fine: healthy, strong, well-rested, slept well (I was used to farm work). We were told to walk the rows and "top the plants" ie. break off the tassel so more of the plant energy would go into the leaves where the money crop was...and I puked my guts out 6 times in 2 hours, thinking "What the...???!!!!" Finally guessed that it was due to all the chemical toxins they sprayed on that crop against bugs, fungus, mold, whatever. Couldn't think of any other good reason. Umm...did I mention this is all before you smoke the stuff into your mouth and lungs?
Now, everyone who's ever picked tobacco knows this, but I'll bet you've never heard a word of it in spite of all the advertising that's been done about smoking, either for or against.
Smoke tobacco? Not me.
Just thought I'd share this personal experience. I worked there two days...enough to earn a bus ticket home.
Last edited by Glennx; 04-17-2013 at 04:57 PM.
Smoking downsides to EVERYTHING
I like playing my instrument!
Trumpets are great.
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