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Old 05-02-2019, 10:03 PM
 
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If you stay busy this might help. It did for me when I was working.

When I wanted a cigarette I told myself that if I still wanted one in 5 minutes I would. An hour later I'd realize I never had one. Then tell myself the same thing.



I never had quit for more than 2 or 3 days in previous years and it wasn't really quitting because I had bronchitis so bad, every time I lit one I coughed so bad I couldn't continue to smoke it.



Then last year in middle of January I got the flu and was again coughing horribly and my daughter walked in to the room and said, "If you quit those (pointing at my cigarettes) you would probably feel a whole lot better." I said "No doubt." But I kept looking at those cigarettes while I was laying in bed miserable and every time I would roll over (I slept on and off for a couple of days sick as a dog as they say) I would just look at them and NOT light one or even try to. I turned over THE day I officially quit and said to myself,
"I am no longer -a smoker!"

A smoker- that 3rd class citizen
A smoker- that stinky person walking up or by
A smoker- $200 a month waster of hard earned money (probably more at stressful times)

A smoker- that person spending hours of time looking for a vacation place that allowed me to stay.


I kept the cigarettes where I could see them for a week (I had 3 and a half packs.) Then I put them in a drawer. Then after a couple of weeks I gave the full packs away. Then I gave all but one of the open away. My biggest fear when I thought about quitting many many times before was being with out any and having a melt down in the middle of the night. I saw that one in my underwear drawer just today when I was cleaning it out and I left it there (I know it has to be stale as hell.) I can't ever see me smoking again.


If I ever knew it would be that easy, I would have done it 30 years ago. I was scared as I am a very high strung individual and I worry about everything.



My Dad who was a smoker for many years as well said he did the same thing. Only he kept an open pack in his shirt pocket until a couple months after quitting someone asked him for one and lit it and coughed their butt off and said "Dang, how old are those?" And he said "Yeah, I guess it is time to throw those away." Lol


TLDR: I just decided I was no longer a smoker one day and that was it, after close to 50 yrs of smoking.
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Old 05-02-2019, 10:44 PM
 
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Best wishes on quitting smoking and getting that stent! I have been trying to quit since forever. What trips me up is that I get awful anxiety attacks from the nicotine withdrawals. I have managed to cut back considerably to about 7 - 10 smokes a day from a full pack. I'm thinking about trying chantix, and I'm going to ask my doctor about it on my next appointment with her.

However, right now I'm trying to pull everything together for my trip to Denver to see a specialist. I can't believe what a scaredy cat I've become. Back in the day, going to Denver (400 miles away!) would have been no big deal, but since I no longer have a car and since I have to make the trip on a shoe string and since Denver has probably tripled in size since I saw it last and since what if I get bad news from the specialist and since - AAK!

Stupid panic attacks anyhow. I have been through far worse in my life than a trip to Denver to consult with a specialist. I know I can manage this. I will be strong like Ariya in Game of Thrones. HAH!

I too have had panic attacks all through out my life and the strange thing is that I never realized is that the smoking made them worse. I just quit in Jan 2018. I have went through a highly stressful situation right after quitting involving my daughter splitting up with her husband and divorcing and we share a home so as much as I tried not to be, I felt like I was in the middle of this mess. I do not know how I managed to not start again, but I didn't. Like I said in a previous post, to me it was not an option as I was not a smoker (kind of self hypnosis, I guess ) Honestly after near 50 yrs of smoking and at least 30 of 2 packs a day, it only took about 3 days to get over withdrawal for me (but I had the flu 3 or 4 days before and was not smoking.) I talked in previous years about the chantix thing to my doctor but they were hesitant due to my bouts of depression I have had.



I found cleaning something helped or going through my closet and washing everything (when you quit, you will smell the smoke on everything that previously came in contact with it.) I repainted and washed everything I owned. I also slept a lot during the beginning.
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:20 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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I too have had panic attacks all through out my life and the strange thing is that I never realized is that the smoking made them worse. I just quit in Jan 2018. I have went through a highly stressful situation right after quitting involving my daughter splitting up with her husband and divorcing and we share a home so as much as I tried not to be, I felt like I was in the middle of this mess. I do not know how I managed to not start again, but I didn't. Like I said in a previous post, to me it was not an option as I was not a smoker (kind of self hypnosis, I guess ) Honestly after near 50 yrs of smoking and at least 30 of 2 packs a day, it only took about 3 days to get over withdrawal for me (but I had the flu 3 or 4 days before and was not smoking.) I talked in previous years about the chantix thing to my doctor but they were hesitant due to my bouts of depression I have had.



I found cleaning something helped or going through my closet and washing everything (when you quit, you will smell the smoke on everything that previously came in contact with it.) I repainted and washed everything I owned. I also slept a lot during the beginning.
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You are a true inspiration! *She typed with cigarette clenched between her teeth*

My Dad smoked Lucky Strikes all his life, but one day when he was in his fifties, he came down with a bad cold which turned into bronchitis. I thought he was going to cough up a lung, as the saying goes. My Dad never said a word about it, but once he got better, he threw out all his cigarettes - quit just like that - and never smoked again until the day he died. I'm trying to channel his spirit in this regard!

In the good news department, I have managed to tamp down my anxiety about the trip to Denver to see the specialist I've been so worried about consulting. It came to me that I could just take the Amtrak to Denver and travel in style instead of being packed into a little plane with all the other human sardines and probably getting lost in DIA as soon as I hit the concourse. The Amtrak route to Denver is one of the most scenic around and I will be traveling on the California Zephyr from Grand Junction to Denver. It's a 6 hour trip with no smoking allowed anywhere on the train. Good!

The folks on the Colorado Forum have been giving me lots of encouragement with tips on how to get around Denver and all the yummy places to go eat, museums to see, music to hear and more. I decided to turn that drat doctor's visit into a 5 day vacation with my consultation as a minor detour - no biggie. I CAN do this! I leave tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM for my jaunt through springtime in the Rockies.

Wish me well, everyone!
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Old 05-03-2019, 08:26 AM
 
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Good luck on your trip and doctor’s visit. Not to be negative (hah, now there’s a negative-laden phrase!), but several Amtrak travelers have warned me that schedule can be very loose, so....

hang loose like Hawaiians say!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shak...nky_lifted.jpg
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:36 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Good luck on your trip and doctor’s visit. Not to be negative (hah, now there’s a negative-laden phrase!), but several Amtrak travelers have warned me that schedule can be very loose, so....

hang loose like Hawaiians say!


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shak...nky_lifted.jpg
Lucky for me I'm a retired lady who doesn't have to worry too much about most time constraints. But just in case, I arranged to arrive in Denver the day before my appointment is scheduled. And should I be detained in the city and arrive back in Cortez after 5 weeks instead of 5 days - well, I guess I'll just consider it yet another encounter with Montezuma's revenge!
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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My oldest daughter is staying with us for a couple days. My SIL is trying to quit chewing after 40 years. He is not in a good mood.
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Old 05-03-2019, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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Husband quit cold turkey after 41 years of smoking. Day 2 he passed out cold. Just went down. But we both knew it was because of the lack of nicotine, and his body getting rid of it. He declined medical treatment (visitor called 911, they put him on hold!).

I took the money that was spent buying cigarettes, at the time $55.00/carton times 4 a month equals $220.00/month and put it, cash, in an envelope for a full year. At the end there was $2,640.00. I gave that to him since he was the one that saved it. Did another year, saved it again, spent it on car maintenance such as hoses and other things that had never been done/replaced. The third year the marriage broke up, so that was that. It was nice to have that cash money while it lasted.
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Old 05-06-2019, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Lordy lordy I am pollinated to the core. Very sick. No energy. Malaise. Hardly breathing. Foolishly trimmed a backyard pine tree on Sat. and all this yellow stuff blew down on me. I assume that's pollen. Wear a mask?? No, of course I didn't. I take every pill on the market for congestion, stuffy nose, yellow gunk on the kleenex. Is there no relief? If I dunk my head in a pail of warm water, will I feel better?

I am a gardener and must stop planting stuff which leads me to this misery. Sorry for the rant.
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Old 05-06-2019, 12:53 PM
 
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Yes, it has been quite a sneezing season down here in the Phoenix area, too. Fortunately I have not been affected too bad, but friends and family have. Sorry you are suffering, AZGarden!

My wild flowers are drying up, and I am letting them re-seed. It is now time to cut them down and tidy things up in the garden. I don't have my usual strength this year, having been in the hospital, sick. I go see a Hematologist this week, so we will see what he says about my anemia.

Thank goodness today is a restful day! We have been gadding about having too much fun! This weekend we went on a historic sites bus tour, 2 different church luncheons - one a fundraiser for the ladies on Saturday, and the other one a delicious burrito luncheon sponsored by our youth group for Cinco de Mayo. We also went to see the movie, "Wonder" at another church, and really liked it. It came out in 2017 and I had not had the chance to see it yet -- I highly recommend it. And we had to skip a concert by a friend's band, because we got too bushed out, on Saturday night! I fell asleep in the chair at 6:00 pm!!!
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Old 05-06-2019, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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LOL I know what you mean! Between Cinco de Mayo, Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you) and The Kentucky Derby, it did seem like there were events out the ying yang. Plus they had Pedal the Parkway, which is a big thing around here.

We did as many as we could, but when a friend cancelled her Star Wars Day BBQ we did a little happy dance. Of course, what we said was "oh, sorry to hear you got a cold" but inside we're thinking "Phew! Now I can schedule in a nap!"
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