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Hi @Jonny84! Thank you for the kind wishes. I have shared in this forum more than I have with friends about this, there is just something about being here that makes me want to tell :)
It's good to hear that you've recovered from covid, and I understand being confused about the symptoms, as you're going through two new processes at once! It's a similar case for me (quitting and possible being pregnant). There's the constant hunger, occasional headaches and fatigue, even shaking fingers which I am not sure are due to quitting or not.
I'm not sure if this counts as cold turkey: I kinda planned my quit and reduced my smoke down to 3 times a day and only a couple of puffs each time 3 days before my quit. And I'm not on any nicotine therapy.
I am completing 3 days very soon let's do this!
I was a smoker when I found out I was pregnant. I didn’t smoke the whole time I was pregnant and ten years after that. When I was pregnant I think the craving for cigarette is really minimal which was a huge help in quitting. You’re one step ahead and planning. Much smarter than I was. After I had my first daughter I had medical reasons not to go back to smoking and by then I didn’t have any cravings or even wanted to. Ten years later I was back to smoking and it had to be Covid that made me quit. Well at least for three days. This time quitting for me is like my first time quitting because I didn’t experience any withdrawals or cravings the first time I quit. It’s so so hard and I never want to repeat this again.
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that @gkim. Was it a particular event that made you smoke again after the 10-year quit?
I think you are right, it is easier when you think about your pregnancy, especially for women with morning sickness and can't stand the smell of cigarettes. But here I am, definitely still needing the support and teaching I find on this forum to keep me going.
We are three days quit! How do you feel?
Did you go back and retest? Just wondering. I know that it’s not required but I think I’m going to just to make sure after my 14 days I’m negative. I’ve been very blessed with very little Covid symptoms- just low grade fever and did have a headache but since that’s also a part of nicotine withdrawals who can say. How many days are you on? Wow you didn’t smoke in that stress of a car accident. You will make it. Sounds like you are very disciplined.
I wouldn’t say it was a particular event. I think it was hanging with a smoker too often. I would never blame someone else for what I did but obviously it influenced me. I must have not been in the right place with myself. You know. Nothing out there can ever influence you if you are good within. Well, I am spiritually and psychologically at a better place now. Aging also makes you wiser. Good luck to you and thank you for letting me share.
I did not go back and retest - i did try - but they told me to wait. I did - however- go to my Dr and did a post Covid follow up. They basically said that they were not concerned and to be patient - that I was on the road to recovery. The virus can stay in your system for 90 days - Ughh - But you won't be contagious for nearly that long - which is great!! I am currently on day 5 - 4 hours - 31 minutes - 36 seconds - lol I am not disciplined at all - but getting Covid was a game changer - I really don't want to be a smoker for life. How are you holding up?
Looking back at my years of smoking, I do realize now that I was using it to fill a void in my life. There was some self-learning homework that I decided to skip or didn't dare explore and took the shortcut instead. And well, smoking did feel good, everyone here will agree, but for all the wrong (and sometimes deadly) reasons which we conveniently brush off. No one on earth can easily accept that they have been weak and in denial. We all want to think we are strong and capable in making good decisions for ourselves.
Well, being here now, being quit for however long is a proof that WE ARE STRONG and we are capable of making good decisions. We are taking charge of our lives now which is an empowering thought.
Please do post often and share anything at all that's on your mind when you feel like it! The people here are the most wonderful and sincere and I am not shy to say I need this forum.
My usual routine was to smoke as I let my dog go out to do his business for the night and then sleep. Trying not to think about it. Popped a candy in my mouth instead. Not a great choice at bedtime but better than a cig. I hope it will get easier.
It will definitely get easier for all of us - the only way its gets harder at this point is if we decide to smoke - all of this will be for nothing. I really don't want to go back. Life will and is currently a lot easier without smoking. Just think about it - no toxins for further brain fog and getting into our lungs - no regret about having a smoke - wishing we weren't smoking with a cig hanging out of our mouth. Immune system getting better every second of not smoking. The list goes on and on - don't even get me started about the money being saved!! lol -- The real thing is - that if we have just one ( JUST ONE!) at this point - it will not satisfy us one bit. It will only fill our hearts and minds with regret that will lead us to more and more cigs.
I can’t believe today is my fourth day. Yes the guilt of smoking was always there not to mention the judgements by others. I hid my smoking to many so it was tiring to coverup the smell too. Of course it’s the best choice. I wish I was at day 30. Lol