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By mikbee
Hi folks,and a Happy New Year to you all.Been a hellish couple of weeks for me but I can't complain too much as I know there are a few of you here in a worse state then me.Especially since my troubles have been ''self inflicted'',so you will pardon me if I am still on my anti-smoking kick with my upload !! It looks like these wonderful doctors and nurses have finally cracked my breathing difficulties.I am on three inhalers a day and a couple of sessions a day breathing through a nebuliser.It opens up my lungs and keeps me functioning normally for the rest of the day.My mobility is a bit limited however,as a simple task of going from the living room into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee can leave me a bit breathless.My wife told the doctors that this is not a problem,as after 37 years of marriage she can only recall a handful of times I did this anyway !! The doctor asked me what I do by way of some exercise.He was not too pleased when I told him I walk to my back door and take in some fresh air when I am having a fag !! The nurse who took my blood pressure told me it was too high.I told her it was her fault and next time she should wear a bigger size uniform so it did not grip her chest so tightly !! And why on earth do you get woken up in hospital at 6.00 am when they do not serve breakfast until 8.00 am ? And why is the breakfast so rubbish and what is wrong with a nice greasy fry up that I am used too !!Anyway,enough of my moanings for now.It will probably be another week before I can settle down and get back to commenting on all your wonderful images.My New Year resolution is to ACTUALLY look at your images this time and give them a good study.Although if they have sheep in them,I will probably fall asleep !!
So see you all soon and take care.I know I will be taking care of myself now !!

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saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
2 Jan 2013 4:21PM
Mick, I am ashamed of you! A real chap doesn't even know where the kitchen is, let alone know what utensils to use if you finally get in there.Grin
Are you a chap or not?
Good to see they haven't operated away your humour, and are you sure it was only the nurse's uniform that was gripping her chest tightly?Wink
All the very best mate, and remember a chap has to do what a chap has to do.


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netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
2 Jan 2013 4:23PM
What a surprise at a begining of a New Year Mick,to see that you are feeling much better now,but do take care and do as your told,(they are the expert)and take it verry easy.Great image Mick,but the message on them is clear enough to every one,I hope you will not have any more.when you feel you would like one,go out and have some fresh air it's much better and HEALTHIER for you.Wink
2 Jan 2013 4:23PM
Carry on with the good work Mick, I quit in 1986 and invested the money it freed up in some photography equipment and started to walk regularly,
Best Wishes,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 4:24PM
Great to see you back
Have missed your wonderful comments and of course your rusty rust
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
2 Jan 2013 4:27PM
Happy new year mick .Are you featured in the Fokkers Mag.Good to hear from you,take care and start smoking tipped ciggies instead of the Capstan full strength.Are you still managing to light them or does Jan give you a hand.I bet she has had a wonderful Christmas looking after you.
Give my regards to Big Aggie when you see her and if she is not happy with your performance give me a shout and I will act as a temporary stand in for you.
I have a friend who just will not give up smoking. I was raguing the toss with him when he reminded me that his mother in law smoked for 90 years and it hadn't affected her But Alan i said She had her legs amptutated because of smoking y..yes he said apart from that.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 4:44PM
Nice to see you back mick with belting capture a very happy new year all the best for 2013 Wink
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
2 Jan 2013 4:49PM
Great to see you back, Mick, and I hope you manage to keep well and also kick the fag habit completely and for ever: wish you the best of luck there.
Good to read your intro up top.......whatever else, your sense of humour remains undiminished.
All the best, mate, and I hope 2013 proves a good un for you in every way.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
2 Jan 2013 4:52PM
At least your humour's not gone rusty.
All the best. SmileSmileSmile
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 4:54PM
Here's a sober message if ever I saw one Mick, but a true one, and I'm glad you still have your sense of humour after your fright. I'm glad to see you uploading again, and look forward to the next. Please take care and I think Malc's summed it up: 'a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.'
nikshot 8 9 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 5:10PM
Hi Mick,
Glad to hear you are on the mend even if it's a slow job. Look after yourself.

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
2 Jan 2013 5:20PM
All the best for a strong recovery in 2013, Mick. I bet you had the nurses in stitches TongueGrin

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 5:22PM
Glad to see you back, Mick. May you have a good year in 2013, finish getting the fags out of your system and do what Uncle Danny says. Meanwhile keep up the humour, drop in and see us whenever you can and don't give the nurses too much of a hard time . . .

I gave up my 40+ a day habit in 1977 - I simply stopped, just like that - and have never regretted it, apart from the four stone I added very soon afterwards; now the doc says I have to lose some of that as well, but I do walk whenever I can.

All the very best
2 Jan 2013 5:25PM
Come on, have one MORE, Mick!!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue You can't teach.........TongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongue Lucky you, that I am not your nurse, my "goodies" could kill you to just look at it!!TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue That's fact!!SmileTongue
Mick, really wish you well, hope "see" you soon! Take care!Smile
2 Jan 2013 5:40PM
Good on you Mick, great write up mate and I'm glad to say that I've never Smoked in my LIFE! But the reason for that was mainly because I could see what it was doing to my Father. He was a chain Smoker who rolled His own, and to cut a long Story short, He eventually lost both His Legs and Died just before His 65th Birthday, so didn't even get to draw His pension, and all because of Smoking. Why don't they simply put on the Packet, 'Smoking destroys Lives', as it is not the person who dies of Smoking that has to suffer for Years on end. Sorry, i'll get off my Soap Box now Mick Smile
O yes, and no one can tell me that the Government want people to stop Smoking, just think of the Tax they would lose if everyone stopped Tomorrow.

John Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
2 Jan 2013 5:41PM
Oh dear, all this exercise walking to and from the front door, and nurses raising your blood pressure! Wink Hope you have a better and healthier New Year, Mick, all the best Smile
Trev Smile
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
2 Jan 2013 5:52PM
Welcome back stranger !! I did not realise you were battling so many demons Mick !! I really hope your physical condition will improve drastically and that the curvacious nurse will heed your well intended advice Smile
wnbeat 12 56 Scotland
2 Jan 2013 5:56PM
You still have your sense of humour and thats really positive !! So concentrate on getting well as you have lots of catching up to do !!!!! WinkWink

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 5:57PM
Good to see you back Mick, I have missed your witty comment and of course your superb rusty images Smile

Don't give the nurse to much agro though they can be vicious Smile Take care my friend hope 2013 is a good year for you and yours

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 6:03PM
Great to see you back with your humour intact.
Hoping you'll keep your resolve and health improves.
All the very best for 2013 Mick.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
2 Jan 2013 6:09PM
OMG look who's back! And a converted person who sees the light and not to light a cig. Let's hope you can keep up the good ways. Still hasn't affected your steamy brain so I'm wishing you a smoke free new year and many more to come. Love your image by the way Mick.......Sandy
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1927 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 6:29PM
It takes a big man to keep smiling, one hint of Man Flu and most of you are ready to call the undertaker. Happy New Year, Mick, and may you see many more of them!
moiral 8 12 Scotland
2 Jan 2013 6:51PM
Hey Mick, didn't even know you were ill. Gonna take a long time till this is sorted. Well no lectures from me, but now done 5 months without the fags. But my sympathies lie with those poor nurses (well, have to side with my own kind TongueGrin). Have had many a patient like you - usually one of the most unwell folk in the place, but struggling to keep up your own and everyone else's spirits. Oh and why do they wake you up at 6 - because we can GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin.
Anyway, hope things start to turn around for you, take good care of yourself.
I do like that chap on the magazine though Grin.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 7:14PM
Welcome back my on line friend. I would like to say that life at ePZ has not been the same since you left, but that would be simply bull shitting. "As for the dreaded weed, listening to the converted is like listening to Ian Paisley on a wet and windy afternoon in Belfast, and do you really need it?"

Keep well and keep uploading mate.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
2 Jan 2013 7:16PM
just think of the bonfire you'll have this year setting light to all those unused fags!!! perhaps you could give them to charity!!!!WinkGrin

I must say it's amazing what a short sharp shock can do for some ways I'm lucky because they put me straight on blood pressure tablets...but have to say that simple walking is good for all parts of the body.

Stay well...Smile
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
2 Jan 2013 7:38PM
just thought if you have any duty free lying about i know a man that can shift them for you......
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
2 Jan 2013 8:09PM
Stick with it Mick. I've been where you are. And I know how hard it is. But it's worth it.
So are you mate.

Keep smiling. Smile
2 Jan 2013 8:51PM
Good to see you Back on Mick, Missed the Rust. Eric. Never Smoked but still have COP together with many other things, Eric.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
2 Jan 2013 11:09PM
I've heard that patches are the best way to give up smoking put them over your eyes so you can't see your fags!WinkGrin Good to see you back on form for the start of 2013, hope that you can start to get out and about very soon and your health improves signficantly. All the best for the year mate, Ed
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Jan 2013 11:27PM
Ahhh epz is complete now-- Mick's back--

Back with a message--

I hope you afe feeling fit and super asap! More rust pleast!

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
2 Jan 2013 11:31PM
Great to see you in great spirits again Mick! Smile
2 Jan 2013 11:35PM
Welcome back Mick. Glad to hear you are beginning on the road to recovery. Best way to get off the fags is sheer will power. I wish you all the best for 2013 and looking forward to your images again
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 12:30AM
Best wishes for a full recovery and a fag free new year.
BarryC123 9 43 25 Ireland
3 Jan 2013 12:35AM
It's great to see you back, Mick, even greater to see you've still got the sense of humour after all you've been through.
Wishing you a happy and healthy new year.
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 7:32AM
Mods and Fokkers!!!!!
You find strange things where you live...
Nice work...
Happy New year...

pascalg Plus
10 37 France
3 Jan 2013 7:45AM
take care, Mick, cheers
happy new year
3 Jan 2013 11:13AM
Welcome back Mick, glad you're better and back posting,
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
3 Jan 2013 1:27PM
Welcome back Mick and Happy New Year to a new you - hopefully. I'm very pleased to hear that you plan to take better care of yourself. And you go right ahead and spout the message about the evils of smoking.

I recently lost a friend to COPD, my father-in-law died of emphysema, and my uncle has COPD and is now on oxygen constantly.

I hope that my years of smoking (I quit in 1980) never come back to haunt me.

Continue to take care of yourself,


Your sense of humor is very engaging Smile
Humblebee 5 1 England
3 Jan 2013 3:22PM
A very warm welcome back Mick, and very sorry to hear of your being so unwell, but at least your humour is intact as I am sure you will be to very soon ... I only quit 18 months ago, and have to say I only wish I had done it sooner, but the e-cigs were the best aid to quitting ... nuff said.

I think your image is perfect so I am going to show it to hubby and hope it has the desired effect - Nooooo! Not to kill him -just to get him to give up as well WinkGrin Grin Grin - Wishing you very very Well and a Happy Healthy 2013 ... Carol Grin
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 8:54PM
Here I sit coughing and wheezing too. When my breathing gets bad I not only use my inhalers, but also a humidifier - steam works a treat as long as you don't mind the walls and windows streaming with water. I was intubated in 2004 when my lungs filled up with fluid, so I can sympathise with how hard it is to just breath Mick. I've never been a smoker and if I had have been I probably would not have pulled through. So keep up the good work and hopefully you will have better health in 2013 as a result of your cutting out cigarettes - and maybe you can save the money for a holiday somewhere south where its warmer WinkWinkWink
Great to read your wonderful jokes again - missed your sense of humour SmileSmile
Best wishes
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 2:22AM
It may not be the same old Mick physically....yet....but it's the same sense of humour that kept us so amused all the time, so welcome back, Mick.
Back where you belong mate, missed your excellent humour, good shot well captured.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 9:00PM
SO...SO good to see you back on Mick
and no loss of the sense of humour either!!Wink
Glad you have packed them up!
now look forward and keep the wit goingGrinGrin
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
5 Jan 2013 8:11AM
Great to see you back with a poignant message, fortunately I gave up 40 a day over 30 years ago.

All the very best for 2013 Mick and may your health continue to improve.

Paul_cats Plus
12 61 22 Scotland
7 Jan 2013 1:21PM
Best wishes and a speedy recovery in 2013.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2013 7:47PM
I'm so sorry you have been poorly Mick - I've missed such a lot by being too busy to come in here. Please get well soon....where would we be without you!!
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
8 Jan 2013 3:56PM
LOL...I sympathise with what you're going through, Mick, but I just had to guffaw at your write-up GrinGrinGrin You're in the wars, for sure, but it's so good to hear you sounding like you SmileSmileSmile

Take it easy, man, and don't overdo things, alright?

Spotted any grot in the hospital?

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 2:37PM
What a shame Mick to find you in such a state! But I know the problems you are in - and if it is kind of consolation - my brother had the same problems, and never ever in his life smoked a single cigarette. But now you have to take care of yourself - what ever caused it, this is no matter to take it easy. Please, take care of yourself!
Lots of healing thoughts coming your way, hope you feel better soon.

This images is a superb composition. Really well done!
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2013 6:34AM
Good to see your sense of humour is still as sharp as ever Mick have belated new year wish from me and mine and take care of yourself KEEP out of the Kitchen though or your missus will think you better and give you chores to do .All the best mate
Tibetan 5 3 England
17 Jan 2013 2:02PM
Well Mick, your still toddling along then! good for you! to breath or not to breath that is the question! alas poor fag packet I knew it well, I stopped over thirty years ago, wish my wife would if only to cheat the government out of the tax lol. take it easy a bit at a time. Set yourself a sensible routine and stick to it mate, that's what I did and am still here, pleased your back, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
18 Jan 2013 12:24AM
Oh Mick I missed you!
Glad to hear you are on the mend. My OH is still suffering from his 30 years of smoking although he gave up nearly 20 years ago.. So I live with inhalers and all that stuff around me... but like you it hasn't stop Chris from having a good laugh!

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