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Hi Turtles, thanks for responding to my questions. I think the peace is when you realize that you are not thinking of smoking or miss it at all. The first days, weeks and even months, it is almost all you think about so, if a time comes where you no longer think of it then that would indeed be peaceful. I look forward to that.
If I may, another question, have you experienced a noticeable improvement in your breathing after long walks or going up and down stairs. Did you have anything like wheezing or shortness of breath before you quit and, if so, do you now notice a significant improvement. I appreciate your insight into these matters.
Congratulations on your Key to the Clubhouse. Cheers!
I definitely was wheezing before I quit, I could hear a whistle when I breathed out. After I quit, I heard nothing and exercising, walking up hills got easier and easier. Funny you should ask because now I cough a little, could hear a little wheezing and asked Dr if I should see a pulmonologist. She said no, your xrays are fine...normal as the cilia clean out your lungs. It took a year....
I have read that sometimes it takes quite a long time. I thought I would notice a difference a lot sooner than now but apparently I have a ways to go since I was also smoking some 40 years. I was just wondering if you found the same thing. Damaged cilia for years and years, I guess we have to expect healing to take a few years. I count ourselves lucky that any healing can take place at all. I will be happy to get this monkey of my back.