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In my 44 years of nursing I have seen so many things. I have dealed with so many patients and doctors I just cannot begin to relate everything. Any nurse in this profession has their own unique experiences. Some of these experiences may leave a lasting memory in our minds and  hearts. We just cannot forget them. The articles that Glen and I are writing on health/ nutrition and exercise  have recently brought some of these memories to mind once again.

While I was in training I was doing my rotation in Intensive Care. I was assigned a older gentleman to take care of daily. I really liked this patient and was eager to get to work so I could care for him. We had many nice visits and I always looked forward to more visits. Lesson one: do not get too attached to your patients. I had a few days off from school and when I returned that next week to the hospital I could not wait to see my patient that I had gotten so close to. Half way to his room I met a fellow student who told me that I was to report to the autopsy room in the basement. I had never seen an autopsy so was eager to get there.  When I got there the doctor had already started the autopsy, and it happened to be my patient who had passed on while I was gone for those few days.  (Hard to process). What were they doing to my gentleman? (Harder to process)

During an autopsy each organ is removed, weighed, and dissected to view any disease process and determine cause of death.  When the doctor removed this patient's lungs they were a dark gray color. The doctor said, "these lungs should be a healthy pink color, this patient smoked for many years, so you can visabily see what smoking does to these organs. The grayer and harder they get from smoke the less oxygen they are able to process for the body. His lungs looked exactly like they had been grilled on an outside grill. (Hard to process) I was a smoker,  what was I doing to myself. Oh, well I couldn't see the damage so why worry. Out of sight out of mind. I had to stay cool with my Kools. (did not need to process)

His liver was gray and hard. The doctor had a difficult time dissecting it due to it had turned to stone and was no longer able to carry out its many important functions. Ever try to cut a stone with your sharpest knife? You don't have to be an alcololic especially but if you do consistently drink it will damage your liver.

When  just one organ becomes diseased like this patient's did it has a profound and deadly affect on other organs as well.

In the end we cannot really see (hard to process)  what damage we are doing to our bodies though unhealthy eating practices, lack of exercise and the determination to continue introducing substances into our bodies that should not be there.

For the sake of ourselves, our children and families we need take a closer look and examine our practices. Are they healthy for us or not? If you cannot find any benefit to your current life style then grab all the information you can and work on changing yourself for the good of yourself, your children and family. If you do not especially care then I guess it has to be your decision in the end. (don't have to process)

I do hope that I have helped in some way by turning  you towards  better Health and Nutrition.

Meet you at article #3


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