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Smoke Free Warriors 2018   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 7/31/18 by slowblumer; 278378 views.
JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Jul-26

Lori,

I meant to pm you my email address back when I first read this post

but forgot about it. I’ll try to do the pm now.

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Jul-26

Ok I think I did the p.m. right.

lori1531

From: lori1531

Jul-27

Hey JR, 

You are so right about what you said about when I got Covid… my quitting in 2018 may have saved my life in 2020. While I felt horrible, I keep waiting to get worse, or for it to go into my lungs. I have a cycling friend that was a covid clinic nurse at the time, that called to check on me and to hear how I sounded. He was concerned about shortness of breath, but I was fine as far as that goes. A friend also mentioned that all the cycling that  I do may have helped me have healthier lungs and heart. I’ve heard of pediatrician near here that has heart and lung damage from covid and she’s younger than me. I do feel very lucky that it wasn’t too bad for husband and I. 
 

Are your health problems related to the issues you had in 2018? Glad to hear you are better and able to return to work. 
 

Did you mention that you haven’t been quilting? 
 

talk to you soon! 
lori 

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Jul-27

Lori,

I have been off work initially waiting to get oxygen added to my CPAP machine because my oxygen level has been dropping below 88% a lot while I am sleeping.  My oxygen is great when I am up and active, the problem is just when I am asleep.  In the meantime my Aunt that helped raise me passed away Jun 14th. She as really more like my mother than Aunt.  Anyway, my family had a normal old funeral where NOBODY wore masks but me.  There were probably 250 - 300 people that came through the line and all of our family that came in from North Carolina and South Carolina had upper respiratory viruses and I got it really bad.  

Have had swollen lymph nodes in the neck and sore throat for 5 weeks now.  It is just now clearing up. So I had to quit using the CPAP machine for a while to let the throat and vocal cords heal up from the irritation. I've had severe laryngitis for the past five weeks too with some days that I couldn't speak at all.  My voice has just started getting back to normal the past few days. 

The medical department at my company won't let me come back to work until I've had about a week or so back on the CPAP with the oxygen to see if I have more energy.  I am slowly improving, it's just frustrating that I come from a family who doesn't care if they make other people sick. 

My energy level has been very low for most of this year so I haven't been quilting any this year.  I have a quilt under the machine with the needle still down in the fabric where I stopped on it back at the end of last year or beginning of this year.  It won't take a lot of time to get it finished and now that I'm starting to feel some better I am getting inspired to set back in on it and get it finished.

Also, I usually cook a lot out in the yard during the summer with my Sun Oven.  Usually bake homemade bread and cookies and really cook about anything I can cook in the oven on my stove. It has a two layer cooking pot with it that I like to use most of all.  I'll put a Roast Beef in the top pot with potatoes, carrots and onions and then throw a sliced up head of cabbage in the bottom pot with some Chicken broth, black pepper and butter. My favorite bread to bake is homemade dill bread.  I've always been a dill junkie.  I love everything dill!  But this year I haven't felt like even putting it out in the yard at all.  Now that I'm feeling more rested I am anxious to get to cooking some outside.  Not sure if we had talked about my oven on here before but it looks like something you are trying to contact an extraterrestrial with.  You can google it to see what it looks like....it's called an All American Sun Oven. I've had strangers pull in my driveway just to ask me what that thing is in my yard.  Cracks me up when they do that but they are always amazed that it will cook that good just using the sun.  I also have a solar cooker that is a tube and it gets super hot.  That one is called a GoSun Sport.  The Sport is smaller but gets a lot hotter, on a good day it gets hot enough to fry bacon even.  

Gonna go for now. Hope you are having a good day and a great week. 

(update) I somehow managed to figure out how to get pictures of my cookers in a post.  It's the next post down.

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Jul-27

Here are my solar cookers.

lori1531

From: lori1531

Jul-29

Hi JR, 

I hate that you’ve had to go through all of that with your cpap machine and the oxygen. I’m sure it’s no fun feeling like you have no energy at all. So you did get the oxygen for the machine? My husband also uses a cpap. He says he can really tell when he doesn’t use it at night or if he takes the mask off early. I don’t sleep as well either if he’s not wearing it! The snoring! 
I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t have another statewide mask mandate here. Our youngest son is starting to school at UAB this fall. They have issued mask mandate. Everyone has to wear a mask indoors in all buildings. Peeps need to get vaccinated! 
I hope that you will pick up your quilting again soon! That’s one of those things that I could see myself doing. I certainly have the equipment for it. I have a friend that’s an artist. A few years back she decided she wanted to learn to quilt. She designed some quilts and entered them into a show and won several categories. The little old ladies were furious!! Haha! one of these days I’m going to make one. I was looking at the quilts from QuiltCon recently. So creative. That would also be a great show to go to. 

I am so surprised at your solar ovens. So weird! I have never seen anything like those. I guess the craziest cooking I do is in the instant pot. 
 

talk soon! 
Lori 
 

JR (DPartonFan)

From: JR (DPartonFan)

Jul-30

Gloria,

It’s just a few minutes after midnight here and is now your three year anniversary! Congratulations on a very successful quit and thank you for supporting so many of us with our quits as well. I really don’t think I would have made it through that first year without you cheering me on and being a foundation of support for me. 
I hope you do log in to the forum today to celebrate your success.

Denim50

From: Denim50

Jul-30

 

Gloria, 

Huge congratulations on your third smoke free year! I hope you have fun celebrating and that your day is as awesome as you are. Happy quit-versary!   

 


 

Hi Lori,

SO wonderful to hear from you and see your msgs here. Happy Happy 3 yr Quitaversary!! Glad you made it thru and still a Quitter. So Sorry to hear you & Hubby had covid in Nov and even though you were very sick, you did not have to be hospitalized. One of my friends got it last year and was hospitalized for 4 days--she said it was the sickest she ever been in her life.

And we made it thru the pandemic thus far without smoking!! Glad you still bike riding and your hubby is smoke-free as well.

Let's keep kicking cig butt. Working on our wings...

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflowersunflowersunflower

Hey JR,

Thanks Bud for the celebratory message. Made it to 3 years smoke-free--I am still JOYFUL and THANKFUL to be a non-smoker. We made it thru!! Thank you for your lovely card and condolence msg about my Dad. That was SO thoughtful and considerate. I am doing ok, still emotional and grieving. My baby bro who is the youngest and always ADORED and felt like the sun rose and set on Dad is completely devastated and having difficulty coping with Dad's death. I hardly hear from my siblings now. I feel totally alone and socially isolated now. A new chapter in my life. I have to find something to do with the rest of my life now. Never thought about smoking one time with the worst stressor I could have (Dad's death). I am thankful to not be a smoker. 

I am trying/hoping to find some SC or GA peaches to make my peach ice cream this year. Gonna make some for my family reunion on Aug 14. (Will use VA peaches if don't find any other by then...just have to use more sugar).

Hard to get my thoughts together today to say what I wanna say about this 3 yr Quit journey. I am emotional, Happy, Joyful, and Proud of maintaining my quit. I am still a Warrior on the battlefield...just don't have to fight as hard now. I still have an occasional thought about a cig when I have coffee. My brain has not let that connection go yet. I have a biscuit with coffee for breakfast now and I noticed if I eat the biscuit first, then have my coffee, my brain pings CIG. No craving but it just remembers that I would drink coffee and light up each morning for 40 yrs. It does not ping if I take drink the coffee and eat biscuit together. After meals and coffee were my biggest triggers when I quit. 

My mantra remains: I will never smoke another cigarette in my life...I LOVE being a non-smoker too much. Thanks for being one of my best buds and supporters on this difficult journey. We made it...Let's keep going. Working on our wings...

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflowersunflowersunflower

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