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Old 01-10-2011, 02:00 PM   #61
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Sounds like you're doing well, PF. Keep up the good work.
Thanks, Andy!
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:06 PM   #62
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You have my support, Fiona. I haven't had a cigarette in more than 35 years, BUT I can attest that for close to 20 years after I quit, I still had powerful triggers that made me think about lighting up again. Thank goodness I didn't do that.

One "incentive" that worked for me was to put into a piggy bank DAILY the amouht of money I would have spent on cigarettes. It wasn't long before I had money for a trip, dinners out, new shoes, all manner of things that were previously not in my budget.

Just remember to take one day at a time, and not to beat yourself up when you fall off the wagon. Just climb right back on. Your health will improve, and that, hopefully, is a powerful incentive.
It really helps that I'm not even thinking about it that much. I can't wait until I'm taking it week by week. I thought the weekend would be tough, but it's been a breeze. Work tomorrow...should be even easier.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:50 PM   #63
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PF i'm on the band wagon with you... I've just recently stopped smoking, due to the fact that I had oral surgery and the thought of of dry socket scared me to death... But you know what, I feel good and think that I will do okay... I miss it, sure, but know that I can do this... So kudos to you I will keep you in my thoughts...
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:00 PM   #64
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PF i'm on the band wagon with you... I've just recently stopped smoking, due to the fact that I had oral surgery and the thought of of dry socket scared me to death... But you know what, I feel good and think that I will do okay... I miss it, sure, but know that I can do this... So kudos to you I will keep you in my thoughts...
Good show! I'm with you, anytime you need help, just holler here! I'm very proud of you and you have my complete support!
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:52 PM   #65
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I agree with ChefJune.
Because of all the years I smoked I now have a problem with asthma.
I also have the beginning stages of emphysema but my lung DR said that it won't advance any more since I quit. I do have a little COPD also.
It's a feat to go out in the cold and not have a problem breathing. My lungs start burning and I huff and puff trying to get my breath.
Your doing great!
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I agree with ChefJune.
Because of all the years I smoked I now have a problem with asthma.
I also have the beginning stages of emphysema but my lung DR said that it won't advance any more since I quit. I do have a little COPD also.
It's a feat to go out in the cold and not have a problem breathing. My lungs start burning and I huff and puff trying to get my breath.
Your doing great!
Shrek, my DH, is on a CPAP at night, his father died of Emphysema and COPD. Many of my patients have COPD...I'm hoping I can avert some of that...but who knows, early days yet.

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Old 01-12-2011, 08:57 AM   #67
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Day 5...had an odd moment at work during break time, wasn't sure what to do...so I walked for ten minutes...that was 1 mile.

Still no cravings, urges or jitters. Just odd moments when it feels like I am forgetting something...those spaces that cigarettes used to fill. I wish I had done this when Chantix first came out.
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:58 AM   #68
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Way to go PF!!! You are rockin it!
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:41 PM   #69
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Your doing fantastic!
I wished the same thing you do when Chantix first came out!
You could fill those "odd moments" at home with a craft that you enjoy.
I did that and it really helped.

1. Write a memory book about you and your life for your children.
2. Hand write a recipebook for someone special.
3. Take up crocheting or knitting.
4. Scrapbook

Just find some kind of craft to do while your sitting and soon you won't have those odd moments.
I also find myself thinking when increment weather comes...man! I am so glad I don't go out there anymore!

Have you thought about your clothing?
Do your clothes smell like smoke? Air them out or wash them.
I am just giving you something else to think about.
I did some of these things and it helped get rid of those moments.
Being a nurse your probably pretty tired from your shift so maybe you won't want to do any thing.
Just trying to help.
BTW: A puzzle book helps at work too!
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I am in the asthma category as well. In fact, I remember the day I quit vividly. I was sent to a respirologist because I had collapsed a lung and was still smoking. I coughed almost instantly when I got in his office and he didn't ask if I smoked, he asked for my cigarettes. I was puzzled how he knew but gave them to him and he threw them in a drawer (full of other packs). He said he just saved me money on cigarettes and cough syrup! I never did have another after that. My strategy was just remembering how awful I felt and how I was getting so much better!

Princess, you are doing amazing, specially with all the other things going on in your life right now. I am proud of you and am proud to join your cheering section here.

You go girl!
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