David Harris

Gold Star - 4,611 Points (18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

As I Sat On My Hospital Bed - Poem by David Harris

As I sat on my hospital bed, many things went around in my head. They had told me that I had suffered several mini strokes. They were not real strokes, but just enough to make me alter some things in my lifestyle. I couldn’t drive my car for at least a month or more. That wasn’t going to be a great loss. I was going to be off work for a couple of weeks or more. That would give me time to relax.

My diet was going to have to change, which was any thing that big. I had to eat less fatty foods and more vegetables. I could on occasions treat myself, but treating myself didn’t mean everyday. When it came to cream and sweet cakes, they did not really bother me.

The biggest crunch and my biggest crime is that I smoke, that would have to go. They realise that it won’t be easy going, I agree with that, but when I think of all the things I’ve got, family, friends and everything. The chances of losing all of them in one gigantic swoop. The smoking can go if it will help. It won’t be any great loss. It may not be easy for me to do it.. The support for me to do it will be there from my family and friends. Let’s hope my will power will stand the test of time.

This has been a warning sign, and believe me I’m taking heed. You only get one chance at life, and you have to give it all you’ve got. If you see a danger in front of you, you eradicate it and carry on. So here, I am sitting on my hospital bed, with all these things buzzing around my head. I am listening to every word said now. Life is too precious to me, to want to throw it all away. Therefore, when I leave the hospital, a new life will beckon that day.


5 October 2007

PS

To all my friends up here a PH. If you don’t find my name appearing in the comments of your poems over the next few weeks. Don’t think I’ve deserted you. I’m not ignoring you, but I’ve been ordered to take a total rest. Therefore, I’m following the doctors orders and resting big time along with getting lots and lots of fresh air. So until near the end of the month when hopefully I will be fit and well enough to come back again. I will simply say Good Luck and God Bless to everyone. I am going to miss you all my friends.

DVH


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  • Brian Jani (7/7/2014 5:04:00 AM)

    brilliant piece of writing.the hospital is a very awful place to be, its so full of negative energy. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/1/2008 11:12:00 AM)

    life is too precious, and we only get one chance. its worth making all the changes. i should know, i have been there. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/18/2007 11:34:00 AM)

    David,
    We tend to go on about our business, without realizing how fragile our lives really are. I'm saddned that you have had a series of mini-strokes, but I am greatful that they have pointed toward some lifestyle changes, which will hopefully keep you with us for many, many years to come! Take the positive from the situation, so that you can continue to enjoy life!
    Huge hugs of support! !
    Dee
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  • (10/16/2007 12:48:00 PM)

    Dear David

    Rest and heal you wonderful person.

    Love duncan X
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  • (10/16/2007 12:01:00 PM)

    Dear David,
    You dont worry about us here in PH, its very kind that you care so much about us, but right now the most important is your health and that you get more rest. but i am very thankful for your great concern to all of us. please take sometime to rest. you are always on my Prayer.god bless you always and your family.
    With love and care and hug and prayer,
    Mary :)
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  • (10/15/2007 10:49:00 AM)

    Dear David.....I shall certainly remember you in my prayers. Please take very good care of yourself. As I had been very busy and away from ph, I didn't know about you. Risha also sends her love and prayers,

    Thufail & Risha
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  • (10/12/2007 8:39:00 PM)

    David, you have a lot of inner strength and a positive attitude to life. This will help in your fight with giving up smoking. I've just read Allie's comment and if Jerry can do it so can you. Sometimes we are forced to make massive changes to something we have been doing all our lives - not easy, I know, but necessary. You have the support of everyone on here, including me. Maybe you could inspire ME to do the same? Take it easy and I look forward to seeing your new poems but not until you are properly rested and well.

    Love, Fran xxx
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  • (10/10/2007 11:39:00 PM)

    David, Isn't if funny how life helps us make positive changes in our lives? I know Jerry stopped smoking when I was admitted to hospital with pneumonia about six years ago. He'd been smoking heavily since he was a kid and vowed he'd never give up - so life intervened and gave me pneumonia and Jerry found the motivation he needed to help him let go of a filthy and expensive habit - Cold turkey and without too much pain, too. I'm sure you can do it. Addiction is more habit than anything. Keep your fingers occupied on the keyboard - and don't get into lollies as a substitute either. This little scare has probably ensured you a few more decades! Good luck. love, Allie xxxx (Report)Reply

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  • Melvina Germain (10/7/2007 8:17:00 AM)

    David, I'm so sorry to hear you are in a hospital bed but happy that they discovered these little strokes before a the big one had a chance to manifest. I too was given a warning many years also and took heed and gave up the bad habit of smoking, yes it was difficult in the beginning but as the days went on it became easier and easier. You just say to yourself as you have done, my family is my focus and I want to be with them as long as possible. It can be done and you will succeed in your endeavour to quit smoking. I will be praying for you David, with the help of God you will have the strength to give up this addiction of smoking. I will also pray for a healling David, I want you to get out of that hospital bed very soon. I've already posted my Sunday prayer but I think I must post one for you today as well. God Bless you David--Melvina-- (Report)Reply

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  • (10/6/2007 9:41:00 PM)

    Just rest David, and God will do the best for you.I will be surely be missing you, my big broder, you know very well that my poem will not be complete without you making comments on it. Wishing you well and will always in my prayers..you know that..take good care of yourself because i really care for you..
    Mahal kita (I loveyou
    Meggie
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  • (10/6/2007 5:07:00 AM)

    be restful and cheerful, david to bounce back with double the vogour...
    love
    indira
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  • (10/5/2007 11:20:00 PM)

    Oh dear David, thank goodness that they were those 'mini strokes' and not a major one...How scared you must be....See, God wasn't ready for you yet, he still needs you here on earth and that is blessing for Vera, your family, friends and all who love you or have been comforted by you...I wish you a speedy recovery and know you can kick the smoking thing...When you do, whenever you're around the smell after that it makes you feel ill. Honest, it happens.. I'm not writing here, as you know, anymore for other reasons, in fact tonight is my first venture in here in about a week....I've read this and another sad one from Eagle Hawk. You are and will be in my thoughts and prayers...God bless and keep you safe for you have to much to give here still on earth....That is, if one puts faith in your words...Rest, be calm and in the long run, as to here, PH is not the best place to be nowdays until they can clean up their security issues. love to you from me. marci.m. xoxoxo (Report)Reply

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  • (10/5/2007 9:22:00 PM)

    You take care of your self and kick that nasty habit.....every day with out one the damage done can be erased......give it to the Lord and he will help you beat it: O) (Report)Reply

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  • (10/5/2007 6:55:00 PM)

    the next title to yr next poem ought to be...

    'As I got out My Hospital Bed.'
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  • (10/5/2007 6:39:00 PM)

    Such you have said
    has so happened to me
    credit to the
    smoking quit
    also must I
    For future you have spoken
    rest body and soul
    the morrow will come
    with your pen
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  • (10/5/2007 6:11:00 PM)

    You take good care of yourself my friend, see you soon fit and rested, we will miss you david... Andy (Report)Reply

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  • (10/5/2007 5:20:00 PM)

    Take care and get well. When you lay down for a while things keep coming to you, questions like what did I miss? Oh no, that was clear how did I not see it? Then you say to yourself...this is my life and I must take care of it. God bless! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 5, 2007

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 13, 2011


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