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Greetings. My name is Paula and I’m 8 days smober. I started smoking at age 19 and am now 62. My longest quit was 7 years. Eight days ago I started coughing and wheezing so threw out my smokes and put on the patch. Twelve hours later at 1:30 am I couldn’t breathe so drove myself to the ER.
I was discharged after 4 hours. Chest X-ray was negative for pneumonia. Diagnosis was acute bronchitis. I was given 2 Albuterol treatments and 60mg of Prednisone in the ED with a 5 day script of Prednisone. Monday I saw my primary physician who gave me another breathing treatment, along with a home nebulizer to use every 4-6 hours. I was not released to go back to work for 7 days.
Scared straight. Scared of not smoking, but the fear of living my life unable to breathe is even scarier. I have friends who love me, and a cat and a horse that I love and want to enjoy. I want to be healthy for my friends and family.
According to my quit o meter I’ve saved over $80, not smoked over 100 cigarettes, and haven’ t wasted over 1,000 minutes.
Take care everyone.
I hope you’re breathing better. Congratulations on making a great decision to place yourself and your health above the addiction to nicotine!
Wishing you happier days ahead.
Good to have you with us, Paula. Hope the breathing is improving and a big congrats on your quit. Take it one day at a time and stick close to the forum. You can do this.