Pops

Day two for Pops!

Blog Post created by Pops on Jul 11, 2020

Good morning EXers. Well, according to the quit clock...I am on day 2, so that's what I am celebrating...I didn't have any smoke dreams last night, and I slept pretty well.  I only woke up once about 3:00 for the old man routine pee.  Other than that, all was quite peaceful.  I'm liking that already, my morning cough has quieted down considerably.  I also noticed yesterday that I was easily able to navigate the stairs to my apartment when I came home from a late night ride on the bike after attending a meeting with friends.  We are having gorgeous night time weather here in Maryland this summer.  Last night, it was 89 degrees @ 10:00.  I was wearing a sleeveless shirt and enjoying every minute of the ride.

 

All seems to be going quite well with the quit so far except that my blood pressure is slightly elevated from the Nicoderm patch (21mg).  I'm usually 110/75 with a pulse of about 80.  The last three tests were 150ish / 75 with a pulse of 65....I can survive that, but I will certainly hope and be looking forward to the pressure returning to normal.  My doctor called me to ask why my bp was up (I report my results twice a day online) & I told them about the patch.  They were elated that I had resumed my quit & said that I should keep doing what I'm doing and not to worry about my pressure for now.

 

I hope all is well with everyone these days.  This pandemic has turned this world pretty much upside down on so many different fronts.  I've been blessed that I am permitted to telework from home and still have my job intact.  I'm so grateful for that and am feeling so much empathy for the millions of people that aren't as blessed.  I simply don't know how I would survive if I had lost my income during this time....geesh...my prayers go out to all of them every morning during my prayer and meditation time....

 

On a different note...my 3rd ex-wife....that's right...my "3rd Ex-wife" contacted me and wanted to get caught up on what has been going on for the last 15 years...So it was nice that there was no rancor, or any of the insanity that used to run rampant in our lives back then.  Anyway, to the point...she's flying out the week of labor day for a visit.  I'm sure hoping that turns out to be a peaceful and exciting week.  No strings or expectations are allowed.  We are both in agreement on that aspect....

 

So, Pops life just continues to reveal all sorts of different shades of grey with each new season....One can never tell....On the quit front...things are quite peaceful today, I hope it stays that way through the evening.  I'm having my roughest time right after I eat.  I've avoided going outside to sit on the patio for the time being.  All the ash trays and lighters are gone, so there aren't any lurking reminders.  I have to remember, it's not that I'm giving up smoking, it's that I'm giving myself a fresher and more powerful set of lungs....

 

Enjoy your smokefree day....

Pops with two Days of Freedom...Woo Hoo!!!!!!!Looking down @ the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon...breathtaking views

This is a view of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon....gorgeous views

This is Skyline Drive in the background....Blue Ridge Parkway

This is against the Blue Ridge Parkway...(Skyline Drive)...great day to ride....

This is the view from the Kinzua Bridge in Pennsylvania....how exciting is that?

These are my Road Toad brothers that I traveled with....

This is a picture I took from the "Maiden of the Mist" of the United States side of Niagra Falls.....

 

These are just a few of the sites that I get to see when touring on my Harley....I just love this countryside. The wine colored bike in the foreground is my ticket to freedom....

 

Pops

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