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Almost 5 days...question? BTW, doing pretty good smoke free!!!

Aviatrix36440Aviatrix36440 Posts: 5,904
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Stop Smoking
Howdy all!!

I tried to quit like 20 years ago, major stress, didn't happen... Fast forward to today. My new surgeon told me, "6+ weeks no smoking, and none there after...or else I won't do the surgery." (Ouch - 5 levels) Okay dokay... I agree with him.

I am now bumping 5 days of no ciggies, and it isn't actually going too bad believe it or not! The "quit" stress has been actually pretty darn low!!! Hence my question. When I last "quit", at around 3 weeks, I coughed a lot, (got the cumma-zee-gum) out of the lungs. I am getting that NOW with only 4-5 days. After smoking for over 30 years, is that normal? When I last "quit", I had smoked for like 10 years if that helps....

I'm also more "sleepy" than I recall. I know energy will come back into the picture, but figuring my body has a bunch of issues it needs to address....

So hoping to be and continue....to be... an EX SMOKER!!! :) Thanks for listening guys!! *HUGZ*

Brenda
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • I quit cold turkey before my 2009 surgery, I remember coughing alot during the first couple weeks. I think this is just your body trying to get rid of all that junk. As for the sleeping, I found that sometimes when the cravings were the worst, I would go take a nap. It seemed to help me forget about cravings and keep me smoke free. The other thing that helped was getting on the exercise bike. Pretty much anything to keep you mind off of ciggs.

    Once again, keep up the great work!!!
    Gary
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I cant tell you how many times I have quit only to start up again. Im like you a 30 year smoker. Ive tried everything, gum, meds, and the electronic cig. I refrained from smoking with the electronic cig. but from what I have read it still has the same dangers as smoking a real cig. I wish I knew you were quitting and I would of started along with you. It would help to have a buddy going through the same thing. Keep the good work up and dont give in to temptation.
    Susan


  • You are a strong woman. =D>
    You can beat this ....
    You need to beat this >:D< >:D< >:D<



  • Keep up the good work. It sounds like the book your read really helped? What's the name of it again? You can do this. I know it helps to drink a lot of water to thin the crap coming up from your lungs. Get er done. 5 levels is a lot my goodness, thinking of you.

    Susan - I hope you can quit too. Brenda said she read a good book that helped her. I used Wellbutrin(Zyban in disguise that my Dr. ordered as an anti-depressant so my insurance would cover it) took away cravings I had when I quit before. Best wishes. Char
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Yah Brenda! So proud of you, 5 days already. You can do it. I am going to quit (again) Monday. I have quit in the past but unfortunately started back up again. This is going to be the time.

    I, like Charry, would love to know the name of the book that you read that helped.

    Keep up the great work! I will join you on the journey on Monday.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    As a 30 yr smoker myself I admire anyone who can kick this nasty habit. I know you can do it--heck you're to mean not to! lol. I'll be rootin' for you my friend! You may even inspire me to give it a shot...

    Debbie
  • Gary,

    Thanks for sharing. I just know when a "good cleaning cough" happens, ewww...it tastes nasty! (G) I decided to use that 'nasty taste' as reinforcement to NOT smoking!! (G)

    My only 'real' trigger is food. Coffee, beer, general stuff, no real urge, but din-din, hummmm... So far, so good...

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Susan,

    You can still quit with me! So what, you would be a few days behind, but that's cool! I too have the "e-cigs" and honestly, only took a few puffs off of it since I quit the real cigs... It's just not the same, plus my "need" for nicotine seems pretty low. Oh, hehehe...each time I look at my x-rays, any urge to smoke goes "up in smoke"...rofla!!

    Come on woman, join me!! *HUGZ* :)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • jellyhall said:


    You are a strong woman. =D>
    You can beat this ....
    You need to beat this >:D< >:D< >:D<</blockquote>Ms. Jelly...

    Yes'm... I need to beat this for my overall health, and too upcoming surgery!! Urrraaah!!! Thanks Ms. Jelly. *HUGZ* :)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Jellyhall told me of this book! And she's a non smoker! (G) Basically it is called "The easy way to stop Smoking" by Allen Carr. It's only 200 pages, so easy reading. For me it gave me a different frame of mind between me and ciggies!! It is also available via NOOK/ebook.

    Hehe... Yeah, 5 levels was/is also a huge motivator to "get er done"... Thanks Charry! :)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Good for you woman!!! I'm in your corner of support when/if you need it. The title of the book is in my previous post to Charry. I read it twice before I quit...errr..became an "ex-smoker" (G) Basically Carr "de-brainwashes" the smoker to reality!! 2 more days till you are an ex-smoker Karen!!! Urrraahh!!!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • sunny1966 said:
    As a 30 yr smoker myself I admire anyone who can kick this nasty habit. I know you can do it--heck you're to mean not to! lol. I'll be rootin' for you my friend! You may even inspire me to give it a shot...

    Debbie
    Howdy Ms. Debbie!!!

    Honestly I expected to be antsy, moody, fussy etc., and strangely, none of that... I know now that *most* of the addictive/physical side of the nicotine is out of my system. Now it is "my mind" over ciggies - so the physical "need" (if there was one?) is done, just have to keep the brain "cravings" under control.. Whew!!!

    Try reading the book (named in my reply to Charry) and see if that helps. At the worst, you read a short book, but maybe?? I know my thinking patterns for ciggies changed with reading it.

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Brenda,

    Since you were playing with those ecigs also you may have reduced the smoke ingestion enough where you are simply getting some of the breakdown to start sooner. No big deal. Just let it happen. I hucked phlemm for a while and don't remember when it started or stopped. It's different for everyone. For me, using Chantix for only a few weeks, and the whole thing was a non event. The more you make it that the less stress to start again.

    Stay with it, don't give in, I'll come down there and kick your ass if you do! You know I'm the one that probably would ;-) Keep up the good work. Time to focus past this nasty habit to where you want to be. It really does a feel a lot better not dealing with it anymore. I'm on my way to 3 years now.

    Graham
  • Graham,

    Yeah "cum-a-zee-gum" eww! I'm not even messing with my e-cig! It's right here next to my laptop, but I think I've puffed on it like twice since I quit?

    The last two days I've slept tons! Is that normal? I'm talking like 12 hours?!?! I shouldn't complain since most times my sleep is crap. Hehehheee....:)

    Still going strong... Day 7+

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Brenda I will be there quitting with you Thursday, reading book now and getting my little kit of candies, motivators ect together. I am kind of excited and hope I can do it. So proud of you for keeping it up, you are a great motivator ...
    Sheryl
  • Howdy Sheryl,

    And.... Welcome aboard the 'ex-smoker' train!! I am now starting to see changes (for the good) I wasn't expecting!

    The edema I've had in my legs forever that I blamed on Lyrica - GONE!!! The color is better as well, and way less pain in my feet.

    I weighed me, and lost near 7 pounds this week!! Now that I feel is a lot of liquids my body was retaining. Pretty cool huh?

    Taste is starting to change. Sense of smell still seems about the same.

    My coughing is backing down a bit - but the lungs continue their cleaning activities!!!

    As per the book Sheryl, some changes are noticed around the end of the first week, and hopefully even more at 3 weeks. I guess the author is correct about the 1 week mark. I have no interest to try a ciggie to see who is in control - because I am in control and don't need em!! (G)

    Just go with the flow of what is said in those 200 pages, keep an open mind, and he is right - I have had very few "pangs" or urges, and the so called withdrawal issues - never really happened either! The only thing I added was drinking more water to help flush my system. I always chew Dentyne Ice gum, so didn't change that habit, not real big on sweets and cookies, so weight wise - lost some so far!!!

    I'm looking forward to Thursday for ya woman. I will be right here rooting you on big time for similar success. Over 30 years of ciggies ended in a day. :)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    Im gonna join this party!!! I will go get the book after work tomorrow for motivation and maybe we can support each other. I know I need to quit and now is as good as time as any
    Susan
  • Awesome Susan!!!

    So proud of ya!! I read the book twice and too took notes of things that I felt supportive and helpful for my journey. I keep the notebook right next to me.

    I was very pleased to see that nasty edema to disappear! I was not expecting that at all. :) It all comes down to will and attitude.

    I'm gonna be here and rooting for ya woman!!!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • today!! Gee we are going to have our own little quit smoking book club. Yah! Good luck everyone. Off to start reading.....

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
  • Remember, no quitting until the book is read at least once. You'll see why as you go along. I felt Carr did a very good job at helping me get my brain around to quitting, but in a 'non-aggressive' way.

    As he says in there, "We've all heard the evils of smoking." He's here to show it is the addiction and not a 'habit' that needs addressing. Worked for me!! :)

    Can't wait for you to join us woman!!! I read through it in a few hours; and even faster the second time. Yeah, for some reason I read it twice - but whatever works for ya!!! *HUGZ*

    Brenda

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.


  • I am so proud of you, and very pleased that the book is doing its 'stuff'.

    Sheryl, Susan and Karen, I wish you success too.

    It will be great for you alll to be able to support and encourage each other along this journey. :-)

    You can all do this =D> =D> =D> =D>

  • Brenda,

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I so love reading this!
    It's also exciting reading the others getting on board. I am behind each and everyone of you!

    I am really very very thrilled to read this post and read this wonderful news.

    As an ex-smoker, I do know how hard it is to quit. I've had to do it-a few times.

    Brenda,

    In my opinion, you are just about through the hard part, physically. As you have noticed, you are begining to start seeing some of the postive changes that make it seem an even better decision.

    Watch and see. As you start getting the smoke smell and film out of your clothes, home, car or where ever you smoked, you'll notice another pleasant difference.

    As to the psychological cravings. Beware! It's been a few years and every once in a while certain triggers...

    The other day my husband and I walked into a casino. Both of us are ex-smokers. We both looked at each other at the same time and said, "Oh, a beer and a cigarette would be great about right now." Of course we've learned the hard way that's not possible. We skipped the whole idea and when we left I couldn't wait to get our clothes in the wash and get rid of the smell!!!!

    You go girl!

    Never quit qutting!

  • Frog, el perfect!!! I think I am going to make a sticky with that on it, and later make a mantra sign to keep me reminded - addiction is addiction, be it narcotics, alcohol or in our case...nicotine!!! Never quit quitting!!! Love that phrase!!!

    Thanks very much Ms. Jelly! Remember, it is thanks to YOU that I got this book, as I never heard of it, and contrary to a lot of "easy quit" books, it wasn't a health, ciggy, behavior slam book, or a guilt book. I was able to modify my way of thinking, and to me, I think that made a huge difference for me.

    Jelly & Frog: Yeah nodding... I too think I am over the hardest hump of the quit, although again, surprisingly (and I do really think it is in part...frame of mind/mindset) it wasn't as bad as I thought.

    The other key (and my PA and I talked today about it) "The smoker has to quit because *they* want to quit." Not for aunt Millie, not even health (that isn't a positive motivator for most smokers....). We the smoker has to want it for us! To quit for someone else, most won't make it. In part mine was a 'health' quit, but too not really, but I got a kick in the butt to quit if I want a stable neck. That's all I needed was an imminent and real reason to quit those puppies! Oh, and I was tooling for a while to quit - this messy neck just helped confirm that decision. (G)

    Okay ladies, that's kind of my story. Now you all if you have/and or ARE reading the book and hoping to take your leap of faith... What is the internal drive you are going to use as your silent partner?? Oh, and without trying, I *lost* 12 lbs!!! Whooohoooooo.... :)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Hi; and ijust wanna wish you the best of sucess in your venture to quit smoking.

    Your a tough gal, so we all know if you want to' you can do it.

    I keep thinking of the fairly old country song "i quit women, smoking, and drinking.
    Well 1 out of the 3 when my ex decided she wanted a divorce.

    O well hang in there and as they say "drive it like you stole it"
    In your case "quit'em like ya want to.

    Best of luck to ya.

  • Jim,

    You're good peeps!!! I like what Frog had in her post "Never Quit Quitting"... There's a lot to just those 3 words, and "ex-smokers". Err, at least that is my feeling. :)

    Gotta do it Jim, gotta do it! My surgeon gave me a 'homework' assignment, to which he will do his half when the tests prove "I be a good little girl"... (G)

    The urges I do get - they are small and short lived. I am seeing changes for the good. My edema in my legs is pretty gone for the first time in years!! I've never really had a lot of wrinkles per say, but the ones that I did have, are much more subdued now!! Better skin color.

    Since I can see these things, I know positive changes are happening, so I am getting more comfy about saying "atta-bye-bye" to cigarettes!!! :)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Aviatrix36440 said:
    Jim,

    You're good peeps!!! I like what Frog had in her post "Never Quit Quitting"... There's a lot to just those 3 words, and "ex-smokers". Err, at least that is my feeling. :)

    Brenda
    Brenda,

    It's been the truth for me! I guess I'll always be quitting, thankfully it gets a whole lot easier. Your right though, you have to want it and you have to constantly be aware, addiction is addiction.

    Jim, That's the song I keep hearing my husband sing when he's in the shower!

    Keep up the good work!

    All of YOU, Keep us posted!!!
  • I'm not sure if you read the book we were talking about (since your a long time ago quitter...), but some of the phrases I wrote down from the book that also have helped me (mentally a lot) are these...:

    1. SMOKERS ARE DEPRIVED OF:
    HEALTH º ENERGY º MONEY º CONFIDENCE º PEACH OF MIND º COURAGE º TRANQUILITY º FREEDOM º SELF-RESPECT

    What does smoking do for me? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!

    It is NOT a habit - It is a Drug addiction!

    I am an EX-SMOKER

    I am no longer a slave, & I control/I win!!!

    I then listed some of my personal "goals and gains" from doing this... :) Also when I do get a rather nagging urge, I have the x-rays and remind myself that 5 or more levels is big if you never smoked!!! So, feeling better, my e-cig has been taken apart. I tried a puff on it, and gagged ridiculously - don't need that puppy, so it is now neutralized!! (G)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Whelps, interesting day with my GP. Even though "for me", todays pain level was not bad, my BP dimed me out!! The best reading they could get was 178/88 (grrr....) She then said your pain "ain't that low, your blood pressure is telling me that." Sigh...

    So my Lyrica got bumped from 300mg a day to 450gm a day, water pills added to my Atenelol, Percs bumped higher per day as needed. The BP kind of surprised me as with being in week three of no smokes, I did and do feel so much better!!

    Okay, the good stuff from the new ex smoker me... Lungs sound great, O2 levels are excellent, the heart murmurer I've had for over 30 years is barely perceptible! So now I am seeing "internal" positives along with some of the external positives. :)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.

  • That is great news Brenda. Your body is getting prepared to deal with this surgery. You are going to be in the best position possible for healing and fusing.

    Keep up the good work!

    >:D< >:D< >:D<

  • Still looking for the like button!!!!!
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