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Old 10-11-2007, 05:58 PM
 
Location: friendswood texas
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I recently quit smoking and am now on my seventh day smoke free. I smoked a pack a day since I was 18. (am using the patch). Most of my urges are fairly under control right now. I haven't snuck a cigarette. My question is for anyone else who quit, how do you cope with impatience and anger. I am finding that the littlest things set me off now and I don't seem to know how to cope with it (without sneaking outside to have a smoke). Am I the only one going through this? I feel like I am being very mean to my family. Is this only temporary? It does get better right? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I would like to be back to my happy self here pretty soon. Oh and is being tired all the time common too? I have been going to bed as early as 8:30 or 9pm and sleeping straight through the night.

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Old 10-11-2007, 06:04 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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Yes, it is temporary. Nicotine is a terrible addiction. Your body is going through withdrawals. Be strong. Sick it out. You are doing this for your family, so you can be there for them in the long run. Don't give up!

My father finally quit smoking cigars after a heart attack and triple bypass. for years he smoked those disgusting things and said, "Well, I don't inhale." He doesn't smoke them now, but he chews them. It's disgusting. Always walking around with a wet cigar spitting out the stuff that comes out in his mouth.

He has hardening of the arteries and that doesn't just happen in your heart, it's the arteries all over th e body. It will get him again one day, but he won't listen.



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Old 10-11-2007, 06:07 PM
 
Location: friendswood texas
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Thanks for the support. I feel so crappy right now. I snap at my husband and kids and I am just plain grumpy. I so hope this doesn't last long.
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:14 PM
 
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First and foremost- congratulations on your decision, and the progress you have made.

Everything you are experiencing is normal, and will dissipate in time. Don't let the current trend become an obstacle to you.

You will overcome this period of time, and be far better off for having done so.

Any time one can quit abusing their llungs is a good thing. I know- I was once where you are now.

Continued good luck to you.
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:33 PM
 
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...I snap at my husband and kids and I am just plain grumpy. I so hope this doesn't last long.
At least you have a good excuse !!!

Just keep letting them know that it's for a good cause - your being around longer for them! - and that it's nothing personal against them. They will survive, and you will live longer...GOOD FOR YOU FOR DOING THIS!!!
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Old 10-11-2007, 10:53 PM
 
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Wow that's GREAT that u quit. I can't quit for the life of me No matter what anyone tells me I can't quit. I have to make up in my mind that I want to quit and then I probably can. It sucks they should ban and make tobacco illegal
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:49 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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Thanks for the support. I feel so crappy right now. I snap at my husband and kids and I am just plain grumpy. I so hope this doesn't last long.

Keep on Keepin on.... you feel crappy now but you will feel better later. I quit drinking this year. Haven't had a drink in 10 months. And when I would drink, I would smoke!!! Miss the wine and the beer but don't miss feelin crappy. You just put your mind to something and you do it.
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Old 10-12-2007, 01:59 AM
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Thanks for the support. I feel so crappy right now. I snap at my husband and kids and I am just plain grumpy. I so hope this doesn't last long.
You probably have about one more week of irritability. When i quit 11 years ago, i spent tons of time online in chats typing away. Busy fingers kept me from thinking of it too much.
I quit cold turkey, just stopped one day. The withdrawal in the first 3 days was the worst for me, but it gradually got better with each passing day. The sleepiness should fade within 7-10 days. I'm not sure how it works with the patch though. Some ingredients in the patch may be making you more sleepy.
Just keep plugging away, and tell your family that you don't mean to be mean to them, but that you are going through a rough time in withdrawing from smoking. They'll understand and soon it will be over, and you will feel great.
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Old 10-12-2007, 05:40 AM
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My husband quit smoking about 4 years go. At first he was feeling completely on edge all the time. I read an article that said to cut out most caffeine while trying to quit smoking. We changed to decaf coffee and it really helped back then.

Give it a try it might help. And congratulations-keep it up.
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:59 AM
 
Location: friendswood texas
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Thanks for the support everyone. This has been a really rough week. I am glad that there is going to hopefully be a light at the end of this tunnel. I guess I am glad to know that I am not alone in what I am feeling right now.
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