One would think that, if you are having negative physical symptoms that are caused by the psychology of your brain, you would be able to stop it by being aware of it. Not so from my experience this week. Wednesday AM, I took my patch off, got in the shower and realized I had forgot to put a new one on. I planned on putting a new one on when I got out of the shower but I forgot again. That was at 9:30. At 3:30, I was driving home from the gym and went to scratch my are (the patches cause me minor itching) and realized the patch wasn't there. I checked my other arm-no patch. I was amazed that I hadn't felt the effects of no nicotine all day, and I decided to leave the patch off, Sure enough, once I realized I was not getting nicotine, the cravings got pretty tough. I kept telling myself it was all in my head but it didn't help. I finally put a patch on because I was afraid I would give in to the cravings and smoke.
I had the worse craving that wouldn't stop at the infusion center today. I didn't give a 2nd thought about preparing for the clinic because, usually over the past 26 days, when I'm in nonsmoking situations, I do better, but this was a huge trigger.Then I realized that, over the past 2 yrs that I've been getting these infusions, that I've always had a horrible time as a smoker. I'm there between 4 and 5 hours, craving the whole time. When it was over, I would immediately go across the street, waiting for my husband to pick me up, and smoke 2 cigarettes back-to-back. When I realized what was going on at about 11:00, I kept telling myself that it was all in my head. Didn't help a bit. The craving finally left at about 4:30 and now I'm fine.
Moral of the story, triggers can happen anytime, even when least expected. Be prepared always!!!
It's day 26, and each day I get more and more detached from smoking! I still have urges and thoughts, but it's become automatic to distract myself from them.
The tumor in my lung is small but growing and that indicates malignancy. I have a PET scan scheduled for next week. The Dr. says I'm complicated because of my immune deficiency and copd. Luckily we have a renowned cancer center here. Other than that, I put it in God's hands every morning then do my best to stay out of his way.
I'm leaving in about 5 minutes to have my monthly antibody infusion, but I wanted to wish all of you a glorious day!
I'm at the end of 3 weeks of freedom, and I am so grateful! But the past week seems the hardest. The craves are gone, but this persistent "empty" feeling in my chest is wearing my down. I am continuing to use all the tools I have been using
(i.e. deep breathing, constant fluids, staying busy and staying close to this site) and, whenever I think of smoking, I know that's not really what I want. It's not the answer to any problem, and I don't want to stop before the miracle. I just pray (and I'm also using prayer that I think is the real answer to all my problems) that next week will give me the break I needd before entering NML.
I've slept better the past 2 nights which is a vast improvement. And I've forced myself to slow down which is helping my mental health. I think I just need a boost from you Exer's to get the motivation and excitement flowing again.
Hope all of you are having a nice, relaxing, smoke-free w/e.
This week, as far as my quit goes, has been like last week (heck week). I put off a lot of little (5 minute) things over the 2 weeks I spent mornings until 1:30 helping my friend while she was recovering from back surgery. This week has been a mad rush to take care of those "5 minute" things, many of which turned into an hour. Having COPD demands more self care and causes me to be slower that people my age who have healthy lungs. I do most of my responsibilities in the morning, At noon I go to an AA meeting. Afternoons are for the gym and Dr. appointments. Then some "chill" time, dinner and early to bed. I have been so busy in the mornings that I haven't had enough time to spend on here as I need, do my AA prayer and meditations or even use my nebulizer. This rushing has caused me to be frazzled which increases my desire for a cigarette. I think partly because I never gave a second thought about taking that break, and my brain/body is telling me that I need that break
Well today is my mental health break, and it's going to be a slowed-down w/e, and next week there will be some changes. I plan on making a list each morning, prioritizing in order of importance with self care at the top and, whatever doesn't get done, goes on the next days list.
And good riddance! All in all, I would say this has been a fairly easy quit compared to my past attempts. Acceptance is the answer. When you really reach that jumping off place, when you can feel yourself dying, when you know your only options are die soon or quit, the choice becomes quite easy.
I have stayed very busy. Not by choice, but I know it's helped. I'm ready for things to slow down as I'm starting to feel overwhelmed. When you have COPD, you spend a lot of time on self care. I spent the past couple of weeks helping my friend following her back surgery but, as it turned out, she helped me more that I helped her because it helped me quit smoking without too much pain. Now, the next couple of weeks are filled with Dr. appts, mammogram and getting this tooth pulled. I'm leaving on the 1st to spend a week with my son and daughter-in-law. They just found out she's pregnant so we're all excited about that.
I still have smoking thoughts, but I quickly focus on something else. I do not dwell on cigs. because it gives the nicodemon to much power. It's like I'll get in the car and I'll think it's time for a cigarette. I immediately think no, I don't do that anymore and focus on the song on the radio. That's the best advice I have-stay busy and keep focused on anything but smoking.
I feel like I have been to hell and back over the past 2 months. I'm not going to get into specifics but just 1 thing after the other. And not little issues like the mail being late. Health issues and watching my 33yr. old son going through emotional/mental hell.
My teeth are in awful shape. I was diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease when I was 19. I didn't know then, but smoking is a huge contributor to that. I had already been smoking for 6 yrs. Well there was a long period of time. when I was a single mom of 4 that I didn't have dental insurance and was not able to take care of it, and I'm paying for it now. I still don't have dental insurance. Medicare doesn't provide for that. So I broke a back tooth yrs. ago, and it never bothered me so I didn't do anything about if. Well, it started hurting last week and Fri I woke up with it being infected. Horrible swelling and pain. I went to urgent care and got antibiotics, and I'm going to have it pulled next week. I've said all this to say that, with everything else that has happened over the past few months, I woke up today feeling like I had absolutely had it. Very agitated, and I had smoking "urges" all morning. No physical cravings, but I always used cigarettes to "comfort" me when I've been in distress, and I guess that was what I was longing for the morning. I now know the difference between cravings and urges.Last week, when I was going through the severe cravings of the 1st couple of days, there was not getting away from them. All I could do was the suggestions on here to stay busy and get through them. Today, with the urges, I was able to ignore them by staying busy. After a few hours, they were gone. Thank God!!!
Today has just been mild cravings off and on. I have not had a lozenge so I believe it's time to give those up and just use regular mints in place of. I went back to the AA meeting at noon and, when it was over, exited to the porch where people were chatting and some were smoking. I use to be 1 of those smokers. Yesterday I blogged that it set off a huge craving for me that took hours to get over. Today it lost it's power. I'm choosing not to hang around, I'm not ready for that. But walking through and smelling the smoke did cause a mild craving that quickly went away.
One thing that is different with this quit is, from the start, even through the really tough days, when a smoking thought enters my brain, I refuse to dwell on it or allow it to become a deep thought. I have not had a "just 1" thought. As soon as the thought enters my brain, I make it exit as I move on to something else. In the past, I would dwell on the thought of how bad I felt during really tough craves and I would start to feel sorry for myself. That leads to the "just 1 thought. Then the mental battle begins and then my resolve and NOPE.
And I have a lot of periods of sadness. Dealing with these health issues and knowing I caused them. And 1 of my adult sons has been going through a horrible time the past couple of months, and I am so sad for him and all that he is going through. Why, when our adult children are hurting, do they become 5 again. I also had to quit (I won't go into reasons here) my bipolar depression med. a couple of mo. ago without a replacement. I go back to the Dr. in 1&1/2 weeks to evaluate. I'm telling you all this, especially the newcomers, that I am doing this in spite of. That life doesn't stop because we choose to quit smoking but, one think I learned here is, smoking will not help anything and, in fact, makes things worse.
That's right, hell week is over. This morning was quite a bit better. I went to an AA meeting this afternoon, and I thought I was mentally prepared, afterwards, to walk out on the porch where we have after meeting fellowship and the smokers light up. I use to be 1 of them. Even still, it was a huge trigger that wet off a huge craving that wouldn't go away for a couple of hours. I put a lozenge in my mouth and left rather quickly. I still (at 4:20) feel a little shaky from it. And cranky lol. Hopefully, next time, it will be easier.
My goal this week is to be completely done with the lozenges by the end of the week. I've only had 2 so far today and might not any more today. At most I will have 1.
I'll be glad when this feeling out of sorts goes away. I guess a fish out of water is a good analogy.
I love getting up and getting on here. I normally would have smoked a half pack of cigarettes by now. Instead, I've been here reading blogs from other newcomers who I most relate too, but also the elders and the fun times they are having without smoking.
I slept good last night so I'm expecting today to be a good day! When I go to sleep tonight, hell week will be over. I'm starting to space those lozenges as the cravings are getting weaker. I think I had 4 yesterday and I also am using regular mints. I don't really have a hand/mouth issues as I play a facebook game as much as I want, and that seems to take care of that.
I read a blog today where the writer mentioned she no longer had craves but now has urges, and I realized that I don't really know the difference. I would appreciate it if someone could explain that to me.
I'm off to enjoy my day, God bless each and everyone of you!