Starting Up Again

I haven’t written a blog post for 10 days, and today is the first time I’ve found myself both writing a new one on my computer and also smoking a new cigarette.

It’s a bit like being reborn.

I didn’t really notice not smoking. I had no cravings. But it was very nice to smoke one.And also to read some news.

The strangest thing was that I’d completely forgotten what my little flat looked like, even though I’d been living there for 10 years. I managed to  slowly recall it piece by piece, with a set of memories like jigsaw  puzzle pieces that I gradually accrued over an entire day or so, fitting them together. I’ve been slowly remembering who I was. It had all gone blank.

I’m not even sure why I was in hospital. A doctor said Heart Failure, but my heart didn’t seem like it had failed. Over the past 3 months I’ve gone from shortage  of breath to extreme weakness, so heart failure is as good as anything. I know there wasn’t any cancer found by any of the machines they put me in. But I’ve been in bed for 10 days, and surrounded by nurses, so it must’ve been quite serious.

Aside from that I have a really intense sense of delight at sitting in front of my computer at home again, in a newly rediscovered home.

My thanks go to my commenters, and in particular Emily who has been staying  in contact with my brother.

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41 Responses to Starting Up Again

  1. Claudia says:

    Glad to know you’re back home in one piece. Enjoy! And take good care of yourself!

  2. Igrowmyown says:

    Welcome home Frank.

  3. Rose says:

    Hello Frank, I’m very pleased to see you back.

  4. Welcome home and back to the world. Take it easy till your ready…delighted to be reading your posts again..

  5. Welcome indeed Frank! Don’t burn the midnight oil trying to catch up on all you missed: get some good sleep and lots of rest for a bit so you can stage a great Springtime Bounce Back!


  6. Timothy Goodacre says:

    Welcome home Frank ! I am so pleased you are back. I have missed you so much !

  7. Emily says:

    Yay, Frank, welcome home! Glad it feels good to be back, and it’s a relief that you got all checked out.

  8. Walt Cody says:

    So glad you’re okay.

  9. Inspector Alleyne says:

    Well done Frank, you’ll never know how much you’ve been missed. We need you.

  10. A.O. Barnabooth says:

    I am really glad as well, wonderful to read your posts again!

  11. Dirk (from Germany) says:

    All the best to you, Frank!

    I’m no longer visiting your blog on a daily basis, but I soon knew that something was missing, when the daily e-mail notifications no longer came in. Let’s hope that the Corona epidemic reminds people that life can be over anyday, that life should be appreciated, and that tobacco is just a versatile medical plant, and a mild stimulant, not something devillish (I’m not holding my breath, though).

    Best regards,

  12. Philip Neal says:

    Hip hip hooray! It is so good to see you back again and I hope your health is improving.

  13. Carol scott says:

    Welcome home Frank, stay well.

  14. Joe L. says:

    Welcome back, Frank!! I’m so happy to hear you’re back home and comfortable, and most importantly, feeling better! I’ve missed your wit and wisdom immensely. It’s great to have you back!

  15. slugbop007 says:

    Hip! Hip! Hooray!


  16. smokingscot says:

    Whew, gave us quite a scare there. After 10 days without a ciggies, it’s a relief to learn their methodology doesn’t work. Look forward to hundreds more posts.

  17. Roobeedoo2 says:

    So glad you’re back, Frank <3

  18. legiron says:

    Good to hear you survived hospital okay. It can be a risky place…

  19. Smoking Lamp says:

    Welcome back Frank! Glad you’re back in the fight.

  20. Lepercolonist says:

    Happy you are back home, Frank.

  21. Oswald Thake says:

    Welcome back, Frank!

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Yeah! Welcome home. There’s no place like home. I am so pleased.

  23. cogumelo says:

    Greetings from Brazil, Frank.
    I have been a long time lurker here, always reading your insightful posts and particularly those pertaining to smoking and tobacco related facts. The moment I found your blog was a relief, specially for knowing that I wasn’t alone in my skepcticism against anti-tobacco propaganda.

    Here in my country it saddly seems that smokers are alone. With few particular and admirable exeptions that I know, NO ONE talks about the propaganda that have been shove down our throats for decades. It was indeed a relief knowing this side of the internet.

    Glad to know you’re recovering, keep it going.

  24. Vlad says:

    Are you feeling OK now, breathing normally?

  25. Barry Homan says:

    Great to have you back, Frank. You had everyone concerned there for a while. A big welcome home to our Comrade Davis, hope to see you in the S/D tomorrow night. Take it nice and easy.

  26. Margo says:

    Hooray from me too!

  27. Александра Собина says:

    Congrats Frank! You are back and still enjoy a fag.

  28. Fredrik says:

    Take it easy Frank!

  29. Sup Frank. Glad you’re home and glad the hospital didn’t kill you. :-)

  30. EG says:

    Long time reader here. Kept looking. So happy you are ok.

  31. Zia says:

    I’ve been a long-time reader too.

    This is the best day in a long while!!
    Thank you to Emily and to all the very fine people here for all you do.
    And to you Mr. Davis, you are always a comforting sight for sore eyes, truly a shining diamond!

    Welcome Home Sir!!!!

  32. Clicky says:

    • Clicky says:

      • Rose says:

        No wonder ASH was pushing for a total ban, there was no time to lose.

        New Poll Shows Public Back Health Select Committee Amendment on Smokefree Law
        31st January 2006

        “An all-Party group of ten members of the Select Committee, led by the Chair of the Committee Kevin Barron MP, has tabled an amendment to the Health Bill that would ensure that all workplaces and enclosed public places, including all pubs and membership clubs, would be smokefree. The Bill as it now stands would allow smoking to continue in clubs and in pubs that do not serve prepared food.

        The Government has now announced a free vote for its MPs on the issue, as has the Conservative Opposition. The Commons Report Stage of the Health Bill may take place in the week beginning February 13th.

        Asked whether they support the Committee’s proposal 70% of those polled said yes, with only 18% saying they were opposed”

        [1] The survey was conducted by BMRB International using the BMRB Access Omnibus (telephone) survey between 20-22 January 2006. It involved 831 adults aged 16+ in England.”

        Smoking as a Sars cure? Nonsense, say doctors
        19 Apr, 2003

        “Rumours that smoking can help prevent Sars have been sweeping the mainland.
        With fears rising over the increasing number of cases, the claims have become a hot topic of conversation, but doctors are worried.
        Some people say that few smokers were among the total number of victims in Guangdong, where the disease is thought to have originated. As the rumours intensify, fears that many teenagers and women could turn to smoking have prompted doctors to write newspaper articles warning people of the risks involved.

        No reason has been offered for how the rumours spread, but one theory has it that smoked meat does not spoil as quickly as raw meat. One smoker said: ‘We are used to inhaling bad things so one more bad thing won’t affect us.’
        A doctor reached on Shanghai’s Sars information hotline dismissed such claims as ‘nonsense’, saying smoking damaged the lungs – making smokers more susceptible to respiratory problems.

        Hong Kong’s Department of Health yesterday released a statement saying that the rumours on smoking are ‘totally unfounded’.
        A spokesman said people should stop smoking immediately since it weakens immunity, makes makes transmission of the virus from a person’s hands easier and reduces protection since smokers must remove their facemasks. There are hundreds of millions of smokers on the mainland and cigarette sales are a multi-billion yuan industry.

        Meanwhile, people have been lining up to buy herbal concoctions which producers say can prevent or cure Sars, which has no known cure according to health experts.”

  33. DP says:

    Dear Mr Davis

    Welcome home. I am glad you survived the ministrations of our ‘envy of the world’ NHS. As in all organisations there are the good, the bad and the vast majority. Some medical staff are great, and some of them achieve this despite the machinations of management.

    I hope you are fully recovered.

    Keep up the good work, and take it easy.


  34. jaxthefirst says:

    So pleased to hear that you are back all in one piece, Frank. You were sorely missed. And thank you so much to Emily for keeping everyone up to date with your progress. Take it easy, look after yourself and revel in the glories of being back on “home turf!”

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