Thank you for all your wonderful comments about my Dad Update post from last week. I received a wide range of information and opinions. I value both!
When I published that post, I was VERY emotional and upset at Dad and the entire situation. Had I waited a day or even a few hours, the post would have been very different. As I said before, this blog is my place to vent, scream, curse and cry or post all my happy thoughts. I definitely posted what I wanted to last week. AND I gained a follower! lol
There is no way I could walk away from my father no matter his decision. I will be there at his death bed holding his hand and telling him that its okay to go, just as I was with my mother.
I work for an outpatient drug and alcohol treatment and prevention center and one of the programs that we offer is preventing tobacco use. We also refer people to the QuitCenter and the QuitLine. My agency cannot dispense medications and therefore did not qualify as a Quit Center. This funding (a grant I wrote!) came from the Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program, which our LOVELY, stupid, fat governor has taken all funding from in the new budget. This entire department will no longer exist in the government effective July 1st. That means that our funding as well as the funding for the QuitCenters and Quitline is GONE.
So if my Dad does choose to quit smoking our state will not be there to help him. He will have to do it with the help of the medical community and they typically don't have the time or the resources to monitor one person.
Again, thank you for your opinions, advice and support. It all was just what I needed.