27 A Health Scare

Kim’s father was in hospital. He had gone for a health check-up, and they had kept him in because the doctors wanted to do some more tests on his heart. Since he smoked, had a stressful job and was overweight, he fell into a category of people who had an increased risk of heart disease. Kim’s mother was worried and had phoned her immediately. In fact, she was not surprised
that her husband had ended up in hospital. She had been trying to get him to go to the doctor for months, but he had always wriggled out of going, despite the fact that he was having fairly regular chest pains. Finally, he was frightened into making an appointment when one of his colleagues died of a heart attack at work. The test results showed that Kim’s father had no serious heart disease, but that he would have to guard against anything that might put any excessive strain on his heart. The doctor told him to wake up to the fact that he was going to have to change his lifestyle completely. He warned him off food with a high fat content, sketched out a sample diet sheet and told him to get more exercise and work fewer hours. Kim and her mother were very relieved that he was not seriously ill and went to collect the patient from
hospital. Kim’s father was relieved, too, but grumbling about the lifestyle that the doctors had imposed on him.

 

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27 A Health Scare

Kim’s father was in hospital. He had gone for a health check-up, and they had ….    him ..   because the doctors wanted to do some more tests on his heart. Since he smoked, had a stressful job and was overweight, he ….    ….   a category of people who had an increased risk of heart disease. Kim’s mother was worried and had phoned her immediately. In fact, she was not surprised
that her husband had …..     ..   in hospital. She had been trying to get him to go to the doctor for months, but he had always ……..     …   ..   going, despite the fact that he was having fairly regular chest pains. Finally, he was ……….     …. making an appointment when one of his colleagues died of a heart attack at work. The test results showed that Kim’s father had no serious heart disease, but that he would have to …..    ……. anything that might put any excessive strain on his heart. The doctor told him to ….    ..    ..   the fact that he was going to have to change his lifestyle completely. He ……    him …   food with a high fat content, ……..     …   a sample diet sheet and told him to get more exercise and work fewer hours. Kim and her mother were very relieved that he was not seriously ill and went to collect the patient from hospital. Kim’s father was relieved, too, but grumbling about the lifestyle that the doctors had …….    ..   him.

 

 

 

 

 

Conversation Questions

 

Has anyone you know ever been kept in after going to the hospital?

What category of people do your parents fall into?

Why do some people end up failing in life?

What kind of chores/tasks/responsibilities do you try to wriggle out of?

How do bullies frighten their victims into doing whatever they want them to?

What do you think of people who don´t trust the vaccinations that guard children against illnesses and diseases?

Why don´t people wake up to the fact that we are a single race?

What kind of behaviour would you warn off a newcomer to your city? Why?

What are the pros and cons of sketching out a plan before acting on it?

Why would a curfew be imposed on the public?

 

 

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