By Mark Edgemon

Pete Dumoss was addicted to sodas...all kinds. He would drink about 10 a day. He was also a diabetic. But he wouldn't let a little thing like that stop him. Carbonation burned his mouth when he drank sodas fast and he liked it. The soda burn would offset the pain in his body, because of his blood sugar imbalance.

He gained weight due to the fact that the sodium in the sodas caused him to retain water, especially in the chest area, which wasn't a good thing when he laid down to sleep at night.

Soon, he began to make gurgling sounds in his chest and would have coughing spells that would remove the oxygen out of his lungs so fast that it would make him almost pass out.

He decided to cut down to 3 sodas a day, but after less than a week, he was back up to 12 sodas.

His bones began to ache and eventually he started suffering insomnia. Not sleeping made him edgy and nervous and the sugar in the sodas didn't help.

He started having spasms in his legs and severe body aches most of his waking hours. To deal with the pain, he drank more sodas. He refused to take medicine. He didn't want to get addicted to it.

As he was drinking a soda one day in his favorite restuarant, he started to have chest pains and worried that this might be a heart attack. He sat motionless for an hour, hoping the sensation would stop.

Finally to his relief, the chest problems went away. He was glad. He had waited a whole hour without a soda.

Moral: You just cannot save some people!

Copyright 2008 Mark Edgemon

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