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Getting better

Posted by constanceclum Feb 27, 2015

I can't believe it's been so long since I blogged. I've had some bad days with my breathing and severe nausea from the chantix. Also my computer had a couple of bad days too. She is about 7 yrs. old now and hanging on by a thread. Unfortunately we don't have the finances to get a new one. In spite of that, I have been reading blogs and keeping up with quitsmoking on line. I cut back on my dosage of chantix and the nausea subsided but I'm not sure if I'm getting the full benefit. I found out today that my primary Dr. called in phenergan (an antinausea med) which I will pick up tomorrow and go back to the prescribed dose of chantix.

I am over the physical withdrawls but constantly have smoking on the brain. I am trying to keep myself as distracted as possible as I believe in the next mo. or so this will get less and less. That's what happened with my last quit anyway.

I hope everyone here is doing well with their quits and wish you all a good w/e.

Connie

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Good morning!

Posted by constanceclum Feb 21, 2015

1st thing, I did not smoke yesterday and today is much better in spite of the fact I didn't take 1 chantix dose yesterday. I'm still somewhat nauseated but I'm going to the store to get ginger and peppermints later on.

I want to thank everyone for your responses to my blog. Know that you truly care makes all the difference in the world.

Now I'm off the read step 2 in quitsmokingonline. Hope all of you have a great day.

Connie

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insanity

Posted by constanceclum Feb 20, 2015

This morning I had the worse cravings ever. I know I would have smoked if I would have had access. Then I didn't take the chantix this morning to see if it was causing my severe nausea and it is. Then I started to think about plan b. It seemed stupid to start using patches and put nicotine back in my body after 4 days but I'm really scared about going cold turkey. I took a nap and when I got up I wasn't having cravings but when my husband got home from work I actually asked him for a cigarette. He was so disappointed that I didn't take one but this has been one scary day. I called my primary Dr. to see if she would give me a prescription for something to help with the nausea. All my docs know the severity of my copd but it will be Mon. before I hear anything.  I did get some cinnomin sticks and hope they help. Over the w/e I am going to cut down on my chantix dose.

Hope everyone has a good w/e.

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Day 4

Posted by constanceclum Feb 20, 2015

Getting a little tired of the cravings. The mornings are still horrible but the afternoons and evenings are like I'm already a nonsmoker. I am finding myself saying maybe I should put this quit off until I am done the readings which is bs as I have done the readings during my last quit.

I am thinking I will have to quit the chantix. I am quite nauseated in the afternoon. I'm not going to take it this morning and see what happens.

A lot of good blogs this morning and I appreciate it.

Connie

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I can change my mood

Posted by constanceclum Feb 18, 2015

I woke up this morning in such a funk feeling so sorry for myself because "I can't smoke". I immediately got on here and read Sheryls blog and realized I have the choice to look at this quit any way I want. I choose to, at least for today and hopefully everyday, celebrate my quit. I can feel joyful about it. I'm not exactly laughing at the withdrawal symptoms but I can feel good that they are the result of my very good decision to quit.

Thanks everyone for being here

Connie

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feeling grateful

Posted by constanceclum Feb 17, 2015

I do not smoke. I got through this afternoon by sleeping. and since I woke up, it has been very doable. My husband is smoking outside which means the world to me. Not just because I'm not breathing in the 2nd hand smoke, but knowing he wants to keep me around.

All the positive feedback is extremely helpful as I am sure you all know. After all you benefitted from it too.

Goodby for now, I will see you in the morning

Connie

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Good morning all!

Posted by constanceclum Feb 17, 2015

Well It is the morning of day 1 and I am uncomfortable. However I know from past experience that this is the hardest time for me and will pass within a couple of hours and I'm already 1 hour into it. I stayed in bed as long as I could this morning, about 8:45.

I noticed the past couple of days of taking chantix that I didn't get any satisfaction from the evil things. Chantix blocks the dopamine released from cigs. It's suppose to reduce mental urges so we'll see how that goes.

Time to do some reading. Wishing you all a great day!

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Good morning everyone

Posted by constanceclum Feb 16, 2015

We've actually had a fairly good winter so far in NC but are now expecting snow and it is cold. Not as cold as many of you are experiencing but it's all relative.

Well tomorrow is the big day for me. I am excited but anxious at the same time. I have a fear of failing and with the severity of my copd I can't afford to fail. I also have to be vigilant about signs of depression as quitting smoking causes some depression, I am bipolar, primarily depression, and I am taking chantix. I have not been suicidal for decades though and if I get to feeling that way, I will quit the chantix.

I am so glad that, after my 2 mo. relapse, it looks like most everyone is still here. I've grown so fond of all of you and seeing all of you here and reading your blogs is so inspirational.

Wishing all of you a wonderful day!

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checking in

Posted by constanceclum Feb 13, 2015

I'm looking forward to Tues, which will be day 1 of my forever quit. I am tracking the evil things now and have cut down from 2 packs/day to 10-15/day. I am feeling a little better ea. day. I still need to go to the library to get Alan Carr's book. Still waiting on my 0xygen tanks. With all the tips I have learned to deal with cravings, you guys will be my lifeline and I mean this literally because if I don't quit, I will not live more than 1-2 more yrs.

Everyone have a great day!

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feeling grateful

Posted by constanceclum Feb 11, 2015

Thanks for all the wonderful feedback to my blog. I am so glad that this site has a revolving door. Even with the chantix, I don't think I could do this without you.

I'm going to check out Alan Carr's book from the library. That is what I did last time.

I am looking forward to Tues. I am still not feeling well and I won't until I'm off the evil things. I have no stamina. Even taking a shower takes everything out of me and makes me short of breath. I still have to deal with the husbands smoking though but I did it last time and I can do it again.

I am on oxygen with exertion but my pulmonologist believes I will be off it after I quit smoking.

I hope all my Ex friends have a wonderful day!

Connie

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I am back

Posted by constanceclum Feb 10, 2015

After my 2 mo quit, I started smoking about 2 months ago even though I have severe copd. I just don't seem to be able to get any real quit time with the patches. I have struggled for at least the last couple of years.

After a couple of weeks I got sick. I didn't got to the er for 2 weeks and I ended up in the hospital for a couple of days with a copd flare up and pneumonia. 1 week after I was discharged I was back in the er for more antibiotics and steroids. I started seeing a new pulmonologist and he told me not to worry about the severity of my copd as long as I quit smoking but if I keep smoking I am heading toward a rapid death. So today I started chantix and my quit date is next Tues. I do have to be careful with chantix though because I am bipolar.

I am glad to be back on this site and seeing the elders and newbies. This site is a wonderful support system and I am really relying on the help