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My Dad had five blocked arteries and all are blocked 95 %

My Dad just had a Quad Bypass done in November and has started back smoking what do I do? My dad is 47 years old and has smoked all of his life. Then this past year he complained of chest pains one weds in November and was rushed to the hospital, he has never had any heart problems before. He was rushed in and they found that he had FIVE blocked arteries all blocked 95 %. He had surgery on that Friday!. He recovered well and was sent home the following week. When he got home he immediately went in and discussed a quit smoking plan and was very excited about quiting and becoming more healthier. Well as he went on he went from smoking about 5 cigs down to 1 and eventually none in about a month. But shortly after christmas he picked back up.I kept onto him telling him that it is goin to kill him and he just kept telling me Heather leave me alone! My mom wouldnt say anything to him. He would let his friends come over and smoke around him no prob! I cant quite understand why he would be doing this to himself. What am I doing wrong? Is there something that I can do? Help! :(
Sat, 12 Dec 2009
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First of all, I wish you best with this situation. As a nurse, I see this every day. Unfortunately, you cannot MAKE your Dad stop smoking. But you can ask your dad to stop smoking. Simply tell him that you love him and that you're so glad he got a second chance at life after his surgery and that you simply don't want to lose him. Explain that you know that smoking is something he CAN control (unlike a heart attack or cancer) and that you simply have one wish....and that it is for him to please consider his family (esp. grandchildren he may or may not have yet) when he thinks about lighting up again. Every cigarette he doesn't light up adds days and weeks to his life. Remind him of how easy it was for him to quit the first time and that it will be just as easy the second time. And that he will have your support the whole way, no matter what it takes. You MUST REMEMBER, though to keep calm. If he sees you upset and mad and yelling, he will get defensive and tune you out. I hope you have the kind of relationship with your dad that you can do this. Otherwise it will be HARD, but it must be done if you are to have him around much longer. Again, I wish you ALL THE BEST and I know that it will be hard, but you can do it because you want him around and I can tell you love him.......
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