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SpeedyPete



Age : 73
Location : Cape Town
Registration date : 2011-01-28

PostSubject: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:59 am

I started suffering from a common cold in May this year. Eventually I went to see my GP who prescribed the usual antibiotics and cortisone. Things did not get better though. I started coughing in a bad way, something which I'm not used to.

On the 25th of August we went on a short visit to our West Coast but I was feeling BAD and did not enjoy anything anymore. I spent the week down there in bed, coughing all the time, no sleep, could not eat and, worst of all, could not smoke my pipe! On the 29th of August we came back home and my wife had to drive as I felt like I was dying. She dropped me at the emergency section of our local hospital on our arrival home where I was diagnosed with septicemia and heart failure. Spent one day in icu and another 7 days in the ward.

On the 5th of September I was sent home because the septicemia was cured. I've gained 17kg during my stay in hospital because of all the fluid that was pumped into my body to fight the inflammation. I could hardly walk and I was still coughing like when I went to hospital.

On the 8th of September I went to see another doctor who rushed me to hospital because of heart failure, straight off into icu for 4 days! So, according to the first doctor, I was cured, just to land up in icu again. Also spent another 6 days in ordinary ward before I was sent home.

During the time in hospital I did not crave tobacco at all which I found very strange indeed. While I was smoking cigarettes, I could hardly stay without smoking for more than a day. This time round I did not smoke and inhale for more than a month. And up till now, I did not inhale any smoke because I'm scared of what will happen if I do.

So, I'm on the mend. I still feel weak but I move around the house with no problems at all. Also drove my car yesterday.

The best about this whole thing is that I'm now enjoying my pipe WITHOUT inhaling the smoke!!! Never thought I would be able to do that. I smoked cigarettes for many years and am used to inhaling.

I now know that I can and do enjoy smoking my pipes like I do when I'm smoking a cigar, no need to inhale any smoke. This came as quite a revelation to me.

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Fatman

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Age : 54
Location : Alaska
Registration date : 2013-02-14

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:39 am

Wow, here is to a speedy recovery!
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nismo270r

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Age : 37
Location : Northern KY
Registration date : 2011-03-22

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:05 am

Get better soon Speedy!
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RonA3597

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Age : 68
Location : Lawrenceville, GA
Registration date : 2008-03-15

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:56 am

I hope your recovery is smooth and uneventful. Take good care of YOU!
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RobJ

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Location : Mukilteo, Washington USA
Registration date : 2014-07-07

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:00 am

Sounds like you've been through hell Speedy. Wishing you a full recovery!
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Cartaphilus

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Age : 63
Location : East Texas
Registration date : 2011-12-15

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:38 am

Pete, This is a serious condition my friend and I pray your completely cured now.
I'm also glad that you are recovering and are able to enjoy life and pipes without
the need to inhale. Wish I was able to say the same, for I can't even taste my tobacco
without inhaling. God's speed my friend and take it easy.
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pepesdad1

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Age : 73
Location : Tallahassee, Florida
Registration date : 2013-03-03

PostSubject: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:41 am

Take care of yourself, bro. Speedy recovery!
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Briar Spirit

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Age : 49
Location : England UK
Registration date : 2012-08-30

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:19 am

Crikey, that is a hell of a lot you've been through Pete', very gratified to learn you are on the mend now Buddy, take good care of yourself.
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PozzSka

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Age : 33
Location : Valley City, OH
Registration date : 2013-07-02

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:23 am

Take care of yourself, brother. Glad you're enjoying the leaf while recovering.

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i.keenum

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Age : 27
Location : coast of mississippi
Registration date : 2011-06-12

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:48 am

Glad your OK and back to enjoying your pipe brother. Here is to a very speedy recovery!
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monbla256

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Age : 71
Location : DFW Metroplex, Texas
Registration date : 2012-01-15

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:55 pm

THAT'S some SERIOUS s**t you been through!! Glad to hear that the prognosis is for the better !! I smoked cigs along with my pipes for years but never inhaled the pipe. One time trying that with BS 759 would cure you of THAT habit !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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gravel

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Age : 43
Location : Oregon
Registration date : 2011-12-07

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:21 pm

Oh man! Glad you are on the mend brother!
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Hermit

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Age : 64
Location : Ascension Parish
Registration date : 2008-04-22

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:09 pm

SpeedyPete wrote:

The best about this whole thing is that I'm now enjoying my pipe WITHOUT inhaling the smoke!!!  Never thought I would be able to do that.  I smoked cigarettes for many years and am used to inhaling.  

I now know that I can and do enjoy smoking my pipes like I do when I'm smoking a cigar, no need to inhale any smoke. This came as quite a revelation to me.



Ain't no taste buds in yer lungs. Evil or Very Mad
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Bullwinkle

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Registration date : 2010-04-03

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:27 pm

I imagine there is a lawyer who would like to talk to you about Doc & hosp that since you home 'cured'
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Brewdude

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Age : 64
Location : Near the Emerald city
Registration date : 2011-05-04

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:26 pm

Scary stuff Pete. Hope your recovery continues, and don't inhale that pipe!


Cheers,

RR
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DrumsAndBeer

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Age : 45
Location : Northern, CA
Registration date : 2012-04-04

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:58 pm

Hope you're feeling better soon, and three cheers to enjoying tobacco w/o inhaling.

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J Soshae

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Age : 44
Location : Birmingham, AL
Registration date : 2011-08-19

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:07 pm

Wow, what a month. Glad you are getting better! cheers
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MichaelM

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Age : 51
Location : Souderton, PA
Registration date : 2014-02-13

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Wed Sep 24, 2014 9:22 pm

Wow, you have really been through the wringer! I'm so glad you are feeling better and hope you can relax and build back some strength.
Be well,
Mike.
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SpeedyPete



Age : 73
Location : Cape Town
Registration date : 2011-01-28

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Mon Sep 29, 2014 5:21 am

I thank you, my dear brothers, for all your kind words Very Happy

I do have a problem now.

The doctors warned me to rather stop smoking 'cause my lungs were damaged by this ailment.  And now my dear wife is nagging me to put down the pipe!  And, of course, I just can't do that.

I've been collecting pipes over the years; Savinelli Punto Oro, Sasieni Old England and  old Parkers are my favourites and I have quite a number of them now. In total, 14 Savinelli's, 10 Sasieni's and 7 Parkers.  This was collected over a period of 6 years with one Sasieni Iv'e searched for for 30 years and eventually got from a seller in Russia.
I also have the bulldog, specially made for my 70th birthday, by Charl Goussard.  Plus 6 old Stanwells and 2 Davidoff's. In total I have 70 pipes now and I don't want to get rid of any one of them.

Now, how can I just stop using them?  Each of these pipes are very special to me, all of them are superb smokers.

I'm trying to explain to my wife that I'm not inhaling the smoke anymore. I'm aware of the damage to my lungs and it's important to me to do what ever I can to limit futher damage. According to her I'm still inhaling some of the smoke which is true. But I'm not doing it like I've done over the past 45 years. I also only smoke about 3 bowls per day whereas I was used to 6 to 8 bowls per day.  I can even bring this down to only one bowl a day but I just cannot (won't) quit completely.

Now, I know no one of the brothers can help me with this matter.  I just wanted to talk about it and, maybe, receive your sympathy  Sad
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Sloth

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Location : Santa Monica
Registration date : 2012-12-06

PostSubject: Re: Septicemia   Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:53 am

You have my sympathy.

It may help to get and read a copy of Smoking and Health, the U. S. Surgeon General's 1964 report, whose interesting and encouraging findings with regard to pipe smoking quietly remain up-to-date.
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