Well I quit smoking cold turkey after my MRI since I knew how bad smoking is for your spine. At that time I did not think I was going to have surgery. I had been smoking 1/2 pack/day. I did really well for a couple of weeks..I didn't have a lot of withdrawal symptoms & felt pretty good about quitting. Then I had the episode where my leg collapsed & the next day my surgeon decided I really needed to have this fixed. On the way home from his office I bought a pack of cigarettes. I was so freaked out about having surgery, my anxiety level was through the roof...I know excuses,excuses. Since then I have been smoking 2-3 cigs a day. Sometimes I'll go 3 or 4 days not smoking thinking I HAVE to quit NOW but I always end up buying another pack. I am now a week away from surgery. I'm constantly disgusted with myself for smoking so close to surgery & of course working myself up to more anxiety which makes it even harder. I know I will not smoke after surgery...the stats on fusion failure have put the fear of God in me. Plus my sister is coming & she thinks I am still quit. She'll turn around & go back to Canada if she finds out.
Sorry, I'm rambling & don't really know where I'm going with this but I am so embarrassed. I'm a nurse, I know better & the thoughts of telling the anesthesiologist that I've been smoking this close to surgery mortifies me. With the amount I smoke & the fact I will not smoke for a couple of days prior to surgery what's the chances of me having problems related to anesthesia? I know no one can really tell me that but maybe someone could share their experiences. Thank you.