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awesomeame
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   Posted 1/19/2009 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
well after 10yrs i'm hoping this will be the last time i quit.  quitting cigs makes a proctolectomy look like a walk in the park, frig!  i'm sucking on nicotine lozenges right now, my smokes are in the trunk of my car.  so far so good today, we'll see how cranky i am tomorrow morning :-P  anyone else here kicked the habit?
 
Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


summerstorm
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   Posted 1/19/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
i quit smoking in march 1999
i was outside on my porch smoking a cigarette got a nicotine rush and fell off the porch, i decided that was a sign and quit! lol
i didnt do any of the patches or anything i just quit.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/20/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I quit January 1994! I got a REALLY bad respiratory infection...couldn't breath let alone smoke...and was in bed for a week. I figured that I was a third of the way there (21 days to make/break a habit) so I kept going! I am so glad I did:)

You'll feel better soon...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK...you CAN do it;)

emma12s
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   Posted 1/20/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Well, I quit on Oct 3, the day my diverticula ruptured.  After 2 weeks in hospital, I figured I was past the worst of getting over the addiction, and have not had another since then.  I had been thinking about quitting for years, was kind of a closet smoker - haven't done it in public for several years now.  So, it wasn't as bad as I thought, being that I spent the worst part of it in a drug induced haze due to the surgeries I had had.  I still have cravings pop up once in awhile, but, they pass relatively quickly.  I keep thinking how good a cigarette would taste, but, then think that it really wouldn't be as good as it seems in my mind.  So, I pass the urge.  about a year ago, I tried the nicorette gum, which almost worked, but then I went back to smoking.  This is the longest period in 30 years that I have not smoked, so, hopefully it is for real. Good luck to you, it is a tough thing to get over.  Think of it as a disgusting habit, that's how I keep thinking about it, your clothes smell, your house, your car...  and, I really can taste things differently than it seems in my entire life.  Although, not everything tastes good, our ice cube maker's ice cubes taste awful to me now--went out and bought a filter for the line so the ice cubes would taste good, lol. 

Keep it up, you can do it if I can.

 


suebear
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   Posted 1/20/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I quit in 1989. Expect the first 2 weeks to be rough. Find things to keep your hands busy. I also quit drinking coffee and alcohol when I quit cigarettes. They just went hand in hand and then when I felt the urge to smoke was gone I picked up coffee again. I also recommend that you never ever, ever pick up one cigarette! A habitual smoker can never smoke just one!!! One cigarette is a very slippery slope. Good luck, my thoughts will be with you.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


awesomeame
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   Posted 1/20/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
suebear said...
 I also recommend that you never ever, ever pick up one cigarette! A habitual smoker can never smoke just one!!! One cigarette is a very slippery slope.
Yeh I've been down that road before.  Quit for like 2 months, someone offered me one and I took it, it was completely "natural."  That was uhhh 2 yrs ago lol.  I've made it to day two now, these lozenges seem to be doing the trick for now...
 
Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/20/2009 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
You can do it!! yeah  

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/21/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep it up...your body thanks you already:)

awesomeame
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   Posted 1/21/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
day 3 almost done. definitely in withdrawl; chills, shakes, hard to write, booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! lozenges are helping though, i'm not particularly cranky, i recommend those to anyone else.

Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/22/2009 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there! You can do it!! (I feel like that excercise commercial, lol)

peggy113
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   Posted 1/22/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Been checking on you... hang in there!!!!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


tbraz
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   Posted 1/23/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I quit on April 1st cause I said I was a fool for ever starting in the first place!

This was my 9th or so try and I've used everything from cold turkey, nicotine gum, patch, inhaler, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin & the patch together and I never lasted longer than 4 months!

This time I used Chantix and I have to say that it's the easiest way by far! Only side effect was weird dreams**-I met Ronald & Nancy Regan when I bought an antique phone that belonged to their family and they wanted it back & I'm thinking wow this is probably worth a lot of money instead of wow they're dead**LOL

Anyway, good luck and there are a lot of options if you don't succeed! Don't give up!!
Theresa

Originally diagnosed with CD in 1991
Now saying "Undetermined Colitis"
3 step Jpoucher as of 4-15-08


peggy113
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   Posted 1/23/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Theresa,

WOW!  What a dream!

I thought about trying the Chantix, but I didn't know if it would cause any abdominal issues.... did it with you?  Now I'm wondering if I want to have these weird dreams!!!!
 
I'm down to about 10 a day now.
 
 
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


awesomeame
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   Posted 1/23/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
up to day 5 now i think! losing track of time over here. i wonder when to start cutting back on the lozenges, hmm!! I think I'll wait at least another week before i do that. never heard of chantix but i'll look it up if this doesn't work, thanks!

Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/23/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on getting through 5 days! Are you noticing that you're less winded when you exercise yet? That's when you know that you're doing a great thing for your body. Hang in there. The first week is the toughest, but the cravings will go away and you will eventually stop thinking about wanting one.


Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/23/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep it up Matt---you are doing great yeah

peggy113
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   Posted 1/24/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Matt,

This should be, what, Day #6??? You are almost thru the first week.... so, how's it going? I've heard that if you brush your teeth instead of giving in to the urges, it helps. If nothing else, you will have a bright white smile!!!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/24/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to check in to see how today was...I hope it was another "good" one :-)

awesomeame
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   Posted 1/24/2009 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Well so far so good. I'm hammered out of my tree right now drinking pina coladas that i've been making upin the blender all evening :D going to have to hit the treadmill edxtra long tomorrow. but no smoikes today, but several lozenges. hmm doesn't this mean i'm now addicted to nicotine lozengers?? i had some badass craviongs today when i saw ppl smoking and smelled that delicious smell, but i managed to not light up :) well i tink time for another pina colada!!!

matttt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


summerstorm
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   Posted 1/24/2009 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
hmmm looking at all those typos up there, "edxtra" "smoikes" "craviongs" and "tink"! i think you might have had plenty of those! i only make fun because i so understand you should see my drunk texting, its crazy!
but hey if you are drunk you might not think of smoking, good luck!

tbraz
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   Posted 1/25/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Peggy,
I didn't have any abdominal issues, and there are about 6-7 other "coloned" people that have used it too, and no issues! Hey I think I've come up with a new adjective tongue

I work at a local hospital and They've just become a smoke free campus and began a quit smoking group and charged employees $75 for 3 classes and they would receive $35 back to purchase the Chantix. The insurance at work doesn't cover it (stupid), so I spoke with those in charge and told them that they should have a free support group, but haven't gotten a reply about that. I told them that I would be willing to come in and give tips/pointers to those who are new to quitting. At first they wanted to charge me and I told them I didn't need the rx, I just wanted to help.

My husband's insurance covers it so thankfully I only paid $10 for the starter pack and first month.
Theresa

Originally diagnosed with CD in 1991
Now saying "Undetermined Colitis"
3 step Jpoucher as of 4-15-08


awesomeame
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   Posted 1/25/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
summerstorm said...
hmmm looking at all those typos up there, "edxtra" "smoikes" "craviongs" and "tink"! i think you might have had plenty of those! i only make fun because i so understand you should see my drunk texting, its crazy!
but hey if you are drunk you might not think of smoking, good luck!
Ugh, yeah I was in the sauce a bit last night.  That post actually made some sense 'cause it was still early in the evening.   I ended up sending msgs on facebook later in the evening which were totally gibberish.  ALways fun to read them the next day!!! =D
 
Well I think I made it 7 days now.  Posting about it helps, I feel like I'm "accountable" :-P
 
Matt 
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/26/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Keep the postings going!!!! I'm checking everyday to make sure you are doing well:) It's a great acomplishment to kick the habit!

Isn't it nice to be able to have a drink?!! I drag my husband out almost every weekend for a couple...He had a designated driver for the last 12 years...now its payback time!

summerstorm
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   Posted 1/26/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
lol ohio, thats how i am gonna justify drinking from now on, i been the designated driver for 15 years!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 1/26/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Matt,
Congrats on getting through your first week! The biggest test was not having a cig or two while tipping a few back... and you passed!  smilewinkgrin  
 
Ohio and Summerstorm,
I was tired of being the designated driver too, so we converted our 2 car garage into a billiard room. Now we can have a few drinks and shoot some pool without having to drive anywhere. wink


Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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