I had a recent message from Sky. Jeff's ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is progressing, but they have recently gotten insurance approval for a new drug that is supposed to slow down its progression. He is still able to work; the resort has made accommodations for him to function there. She has moved out of her Virginia condo and sold all of its contents. She is only flying the bare minimum number of hours to keep her health insurance (Her Beloved, Jeff has none) and she couldn't afford to keep it.
For those new to the site, Sky is a flight attendant who quit smoking 7 years ago, was a very active member of the site and contributed her enthusiasm and the Paper Plate Awards to our annual gatherings. She authored some of the site's most insightful blogs. She chose a lemon as her quit aid , and the photos of her well bitten citrus are the stuff of legends! Day 31: My name is Sky Girl and I'm a lemon-biter...
Her idea of creating and wearing a button "Be patient with me. I am quitting smoking" has been suggested many times over since her time here for those in customer service. She noted that her passengers all were quite encouraging. She and her "Beloved" (as she called him) were a couple for many years, and married a few years ago. Jeff was diagnosed with ALS and they have been dealing with it for a couple of years now. When she is not flying she is spending time in Oregon where he is still working at a resort there.
I know they would appreciate your prayers during these difficult days.
It is just a bad idea. This site is littered with stories of quits lost because "just one" sounded OK after a few drinks. There is never "just one" to an addict. It will lead you right back to a dependence on nicotine - every time. Here is just one story:
"Ok I'm sad 2 say after one week i "craved in"...i really think i could have made it....Starting playing cards, then had a drink, & b4 i knew it i was smoking. Man.....I am so pissed at myself but....
Please don't add your tale of woe to the others. Drinking and quitting just don't mix.
Thomas3.20.2010 blog gave me an idea. Sometimes, in the throes of the first days quit, everything seems hopeless. We feel as though we are NEVER going to feel like ourselves again, we are NEVER going to get beyond the craves and mood swings and digestive issues and sadness.
But there are STILL things for which we can be thankful. Let's share one for today! I'll start:
I am thankful I didn't have to hop up an 8" step, on one leg, on crutches, to get home from rehab!
The PT folks in the last place I was with this broken tibia marveled at my determination. I got 99% effort on the arm bike, and aimed for 100% the next day. To my dismay, the machine only had two digits (luckily they told me that BEFORE I started in on it). Hurt? Keep moving! Challenged? Work harder! I have a 6" step, then a patio, then an 8" step to get inside my house. I was non-weight bearing on the broken leg at that point. To prepare to come home, they wanted me to put a walker on top of each step and hop on one leg (in the air!!!!) up to it. I was TERRIFIED of that (I only had to miss 6" or 8" by a smidge and would have done a face plant!) - and after being successful, I was literally shaking all over....but I kept at it until my knee trembling in fear did not allow me to continue. I FINALLY got a PT who found an easy fix to the dilemma - put a chair without arms on top of the step, back up to the step - and SIT on it! Turn sideways, get up, move the chair up to the final step and SIT down on it!! It is STILL amazing to me that they had me trying that hop for four sessions! Thank God for the last one!!!! BUT - I would have done it if that's what it took to get home!!!
You have to do whatever it takes to be successful at quitting smoking. Don't allow your mind to accept failure! It CAN be done; you just have to believe that you can! I made the decision and quit on my first attempt seven plus years ago. You CAN do it, too. Just use your mind to good purpose!
The change of seasons and holidays are annual events and we thus don't have a lot of practice relearning our past smoking rituals around them. For at least the first two years after you quit, you might find yourself having thoughts of smoking as they occur. Create a NEW association with them and it will get easier with time.
My first instance was that, after almost 15 months, I had thoughts that something was missing when I took my break from raking leaves. I had relearned most things in my new life and had new rituals, but this was something with which I had not dealt. It wasn't a crave exactly, but I did want to smoke a cigarette. I created a NEW association by fixing myself a small, really cold Pepsi over crushed ice (I no longer drink soda on a a regular basis) and it was a treat. Bingo!
Be aware as the season changes this year - and think ahead of time what you will do differently now that you don't smoke.
My PT came today and cleared me to do my 1 1/2 fights of stairs to get up to my BED - and that will also allow me to get to my walk-in shower!!! He said I looked solid on the crutches and was pleased that it was so.
SOOOOO excited! It will be the first time I have been able to sleep there in over three weeks! It's the little things in life, I am finding?!!!
Orthopedist is allowing me to put 50% weight on the bad leg - meaning I can WALK with crutches - like WALK with only crutches....and I don't have to wear the brace except when I am WALKING WITH CRUTCHES! No more trying to sleep with a 3/4 inch deep plastic dial digging into the inside of my other knee! And the back steps that they made me practice to try to HOP up? Easy peasy now that I can put 50% weight on the leg. Crutches - step up with my good leg, bring up the bad leg - DONE!
And - I am HOME! No more listening to beeping ALL day and ALL night from various machines on the hall. No more being awakened at 4:30 AM for a blood draw warning (and then coming back after I had gone back to sleep 1/2 hour later!)and will probably be able to get upstairs and into my OWN BED after I do it a couple of times with my PT on Monday. I could probably try it with a spotter before then, but I am trying to be patient and safe (unlike me, I know --- but I am trying!!!).
Considering vaping to be “safe” is far from a given - there is much research to be done. What we know is that vaping raises your blood pressure and spikes your adrenaline, which increases your heart rate and the likelihood of having a heart attack. There are many unknowns about vaping, including what chemicals make up the vapor and how they affect physical health over the long term. Recently vaping has been in the headlines because of the possibility of it causing severe lung damage in young people and resulting in a number of deaths. An August, 2019 study at the University of Pennsylvania showed that a single instance of vaping immediately lead to reduced vascular function: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190820101601.htm.
Research suggests nicotine may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine. E- cigarette users can get more nicotine than they would from a tobacco product — extra-strength cartridges are available, or the e-cigarette’s voltage can be increased to get a greater hit of the substance. I understand some pods equal the nicotine in a pack of cigarettes.
To be on the safe side, they are recommending folks stop using the product. I hope you will join us to help you do so. It IS doable and we can help. Just ask!