Hi Missy and I wish you the very best on quitting smoking! I have quit twice in my life- once for 3yrs and another time for 1 and a half yrs. Dumb, dumb, dumb, to start back again, but I learned lessons from that and will not repeat it once I quit again.
I was talking to the guy at the smoke shop where I buy my cigarettes and he told me they will go up to $7 a pack after three tax hikes that are coming over time!! Who can afford that!!?? So another huge incentive to quit on this end too!!
Hi Missy, hi Danielle, Good for you!!!! I have been quit now for over 8 years. I had smoked for 31 years & had tried every gimmick that came out. I even tried acupuncture twice. The first time I stayed quit for about 2 monthes. The second I walk out after the procedure, got in my car & lit up a cig. There was a little computer thing you could puch in each time you had a cig & after 3 days it started giving you your cigs. I stayed quit with that one for about 3 years. It never worked again for me. I tried the things you stick on the end to lower the nicotene levels, there were 4 of them. Not a good one for me, never quit.
I quit with the Nicotene gum. I chewed it for about a year. LOL but I didn't smoke!!! I also was cutting them up. I would buy the 4mg & cut it in half to get the 2 mg I needed. After about 3 months I cut them in thirds then later into 4ths. Yup, I was not going to have that huge drop when I had to go off or so I thought. I had to use the patches then to go off the gum because boy did I love the gum. They could have their cigs just give me the gum. I used the patches in the same way as the gum. Buy the largest & cut them to what I needed. I dtopped myself down gradually.
I have heard very good results with the newer meds for quitting smoking. I certainly would try that. Also, use this forum, we are here to support you in this. Have hard candies, sugarfree gum, straws, toothpicks, whatever you need, all over the house, within reach all the time. If you have to chew 5 sticks of gum, do it. Suckers, popsicles, low fat fudge bars. Find a list of symptoms for what your lungs look like now & put it on the fridge. Find a list of how your lungs are improving & what your body is going through daily, and it is daily. Put it on the Fridge, I found it on the web so just google it, Daily your lungs will go through a change & it is motivating. Our bodies begin to heal immediately.
The first 3 days, all I did was veg on the couch watching movies, reading books, pampering myself. It helped & I made it through the chemical withdrawals before I tackled living my life without cigs. 3 days & you are chemical free. Unless, like me you are using the patch or gum you will still have the nicotine but all the other gunk is gone & your lungs are coming to life again.
Watch out for the threes? I found this before I quit the last time & it helped me. Hour 3 is going to be really hard, get through it. Day three you will want to give up, your resolve will have weakened, you motivation will be in the toilet. Rethink why you are quitting. It's for you!! Because "you" want too. Week three will be scary, you have 2 weeks under your belt & are feeling strong. Don't believe it. Week three has taken down even the best of them. Month three. Gone are the people who are supporting you, you are a non smoker right? yes & no, You still have the smoker mentality. One slip & your a smoker. Be strong. Year 3, Statistics show more people start again in the third year. Don't know why but there it is. Year 9 is also a slippery place.
It will be hard but you have battle Fibro & so many other illnesses, you are strong & you can make it. You are alot stronger then you think. We feel weaken by our illnesses but they actually make us stronger. Hang in there. Post often. Hugs, hugs, hugs, Denise
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Hey Missy and Danielle!
I am so proud of you! I know you can do it! Just really put your mind to it! We fibromites are overachievers, we are wonder women (and supermen)!!
Seriously, I tried to quit many times, but when I finally did quit, it was with Chantix, a prescription drug you take for three months, or longer, if needed. I took it for five months. Any doctor should be thrilled to write a script for you. What I LOVED about it is that it blocks the urge in your brain for nicotine, so I didn't go through the withdrawal symptoms at all! That first week which is always so miserable, was NOT! Oh yes, I still had the habit to break, like when talking on the phone, reaching for a smoke, that kind of thing, but it was easier to deal with not having the addiction to fight.
I taught myself how to crochet and that's what I did to keep my hands busy. It's been 2-1/2 years for me and I can honestly say I have NO desire, not at all. It also helps that you can't smoke in most public places now and I work at home so I'm not with smokers. Actually, when I'm out walking my dogs and someone drives by who is smoking, I not only can smell it but I find it to be really awful, really stinky!
Anyway, I wish you both much luck. You can do it and yes please come here to vent if you need. I'll be happy to support you and do what I can
take good care
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