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January 2021 Ex-Smokers   Quit Buddies Unite

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Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Feb-11

Hey Abrew...(not sure what you like to be called?)

The last link Nope62 sent just above your previous post works. It’s pretty fascinating. I will say bookmark it and hang onto it. I definitely remember that “no man’s land” space. I think I was calling it the “where the heck am I” space. Some days still do. But it’s certainly a better and more comfortable space physically than where I was as a smoker. Mostly it’s a better space mentally too. 
 

Happy to hear you got your 2nd dose! Cheers! I got my second a few weeks ago and also had body effects. They sucked for a little over two days. Got my shot at 7pm on a Wednesday and woke with a 102° temp Thursday morning, about 12 hours later. The joint pain was intense, as were the chills. I was so excited! All I kept thinking was how my body was reacting so strongly and working so hard making antibodies. It’s really body effects more than vaccine side effects. Maybe semantics to some, but the difference is important. Fever lasted a good 48 hours. Also, I definitely know now what “fatigue” means. Can’t say I really ever felt that before. The other thing I kept thinking, and there is likely absolutely NO correlation and is likely my own conjecture, but, if my body reacted like it did to the one spike protein in the vaccine, what would have happened to me with COVID19?? Like I said, perhaps no correlation, but perhaps I may have been one of the unfortunate statistics too. Hopefully now I will never know! Getting that vaccine was liking winning the lottery to me. Absolutely worth every minute of my body’s response. About half of my colleagues reacted that way, with at least some fever and body aches, headache, fatigue. All of us were better in 48-ish hours. 
We are all a little concerned that the response to it, which seems to be about 51% of folks have a stronger one, may deter folks from getting it. I sure hope not. All of my colleagues that got COVID were down more than a week, some a few weeks, and one on a ventilator for 8 days and still not back to work. All of them are under 55 years old. None have other medical issues. Actually the the ventilator one is mid 40’s, maybe 15-20 pounds overweight but that’s it. So, yeah....we were all happy to deal with a couple of days down knowing that when we come back, we have some protection. Hang in there. Take some ibuprofen and stay very well hydrated. This will pass. You’re doing so so well not smoking! This is just another notch on your list of things you will overcome and be on the other side even stronger!!

abrewster14

From: abrewster14

Feb-11

Hey loreficent for sharing your experience. Just like quitting smoking - sharing experience makes us all stronger individually and collectively. Abrew is more than okay so is Anne. Haha
my COVID experience has been the same. The vaccine  seems to effect people different. But I concur I know a colleague that her and her family were extremely ill for 3 weeks and someone who will be on oxygen for the rest of his life but I also know people including my boyfriends 94 year old grandma had a fever for three days and was fine. I too feel extremely lucky to have gotten both shots but I hope we won’t have to do this every year. 
THANK YOU for the support. I am amazed with the stress of the last few days I have only had a few cravings if you had told me that in December it wouldn’t have capitulate me back to smoking I would have laughed you out of the forum. 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Feb-11

Well, so glad you’re here, so you’re welcome!

Yeah...it’s a very odd little bug. Read an article this morning about the oldest living person in Europe. She is a Nun in Southern France who is 117 years old today! Wowza. So, she had COVID and is fine. So the scariest and most confounding thing is the unpredictability of it really. None of us know what camp we’d be in. 
 

I wrote to another newer person here last night how in hindsight the actual worst part about quitting was really the time before actually going through with it! The agony of knowing we want to and should, and the fear of actually taking the step to do it. Ugh! That is a perpetual, never ending cycle as long as we smoke! At least with the craves they pass in a few minutes and then we are left with a feeling of accomplishment and empowerment, right? So good. You’re doing so so good. blush

Please, call me Lore. Lori is fine too. Another person here uses Lorie. Nice to meet you Anne Abrew! grin

  • Edited February 11, 2021 3:24 pm  by  Loreficent
abrewster14

From: abrewster14

Feb-11

Haha I just wrote a huge long response and it disappeared. Here we go again. Abrew is more than okay or Anne is good. 
 

haha I followed the link nope62 sent and printed it out and put it on the fridge. I definitely am living in no mans land some days but what’s the most encouraging I think is that I am not there everyday. 
 

thank you for sharing your Covid vaccine experience. I think not unlike staying smoke free - we make each other stronger collectively and individually. I do feel very lucky to have received the vaccinations. My boyfriend and I both work for the police so exposure to the public is guaranteed. Plus we have several elder family members we don’t want to expose. I am more than willing to go through the side effects for them. I just hope that we don’t have to do this yearly that would suck. I hear you about coworkers the vaccination stories and Covid stories. I have co workers whose whole family was down with Covid very badly for over three weeks and a co worker who will be on oxygen for the rest of his life. Alternatively my boyfriends 94 year old grandmother tested positive had a fever for three days and was perfectly fine. The vaccinations seem to be the same story. Hopefully we can get to herd immunity and get back to normal life soon. 
 

I was thinking that if you had told me in December before my quit that the stress of the Covid vaccination wouldn’t catapulted me back to smoking I would have laughed you off this forum. 
 

THANK YOU for your honestly and support.   

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abrewster14

From: abrewster14

Feb-11

Sorry for the double post

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Feb-11

Hahah!joy Oh, it’s actually funny when I see that happen to others. As much as I love this Forum, it’s not the most user friendly it seems! I’ve so many times written these big long almost novellas only to have them POOF! into the ether. Yeah...used to make me want to smoke, haha!joy

  • Edited February 11, 2021 3:32 pm  by  Loreficent
abrewster14

From: abrewster14

Feb-11

Lori - so funny it didn’t occur to me. But yes in the past I would have definitely lit a smoke before when that happened. It’s sooo weird that it didn’t occur to me 

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Moskus999

From: Moskus999

Feb-12

Hello Everyone,

My name is Malaya. I am new at this Forum. I currently a smoker. Was diagnosed accidently with early stage of Lung Cancer. I have no symptoms. The Patch, Gum, Throat Lozenges all make me shake. No Appetite. I have smoked since I was 14 years old I am 65. I start everyday off as a quitter, and then I give in to the E Cigarette Or buy a pack. Yes I have Cut down alot. However my Robotic is scheduled for March16th. One pack of cigarettes will last me 4 days in between I vape. So therefore I must put myself in the Category of Loser. Cannot Stop the Craving. I don't like to smoke it is more of a bad dirty habit. I don't smoke in the House only the Once Beautiful Master Bathroom. Our Home was brand new when we moved here 7 years ago. I am terrified of the Surgery. Morristown Medical Center New Jersey. This is very Hard for me. Please be kind. Not sure If I belong in this Forum with all Winners. I can see it I can Feel it, I just cannot make it to home plate. This has been going on for two weeks now. The Wonderful Smoking Cessation Coach Lisa said most people are completely off the Cigarettes by now. Very Encouraging for me. O well.

abrewster14

From: abrewster14

Feb-12

You are being so hard on yourself. I’m so sorry to hear you are sick. I was diagnosed with Copd last January.  Of course you belong here. We all do. We are all fighting the same habbit. It’s both physical and mental addiction. You have to deal with both addictions. You are trying everyday that’s what is important. I would say be prepared for me fizzy water, loads of crunchy veggies with yummy dressing dried fruit and nuts. Adam carrs book easy way to quit smoking is very helpful and I’m reading the power of habit Charles duhigg is helpful. I think it’s very important to be kind to yourself. In the early days I celebrated every minute every hour and then everyday smoke free. This group has been tremendously helpful for me. Remember that take it one day at a time. Just don’t smoke today. It’s interesting to me that when we light a smoke we are most often to end the feeling of withdrawal from the last smoke. That is to say to feel “normal”. You actually are seeking the feeling of not smoking. I’m using the patch and am on stage 2 14 milligrams even though I’m allergic to the adhesive. I super itchy but it’s better than smoking. I have days that I want to smoke more than anything but I have to say it would be three steps for me to smoke. Thanks to those on this forum - I would have to wait 24 hours to be sure I want to quit. Then I would have to go to the store and actually light one. That makes me think about it and makes me not want give up all the gains I have made. Plus - I don’t want to go back to the beginning. The sticky threes (3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months) are important to be on the look out for these and triggers. There are days I swear I miss smoking more than I am express but I stick with it - I come on here or yell or take a shower or take a walk, drink tons of water. You ARE NOT A LOSER. You can do this. I was thinking about my step dad who died of a heart attack at 48. My boyfriend just turned 48 on Tuesday and I hope he has decades more to live. How much a loss of life if that ? It’s so sad. But I get it trust me. I always hated the aa phrase one day at a time. But that’s really what it is - I’m just not smoking today and that has gotten me six weeks. I was a 20 year plus smoker and didn’t believe I could go without one for two hours. Don’t worry about next week or tomorrow. One day at a time. 

Lubbercat

From: Lubbercat

Feb-12

To start with, you are not a "loser" for struggling with this, you are a winner because you are attempting to quit!  Most people on this forum are here because we have struggled and because we have slipped and we just keep trying until we finally get a quit that sticks.  Just keep trying to quit.  Use your vape, drink ice water, get some physical exercise, use a straw to suck air through, suck on hard candies/mints, eat frozen grapes.  If you go back to the page 1 of this thread, at the very beginning or the beginning of the February 2021 ex-smokers thread, you will find lots of information to read.  Be informed, know what to expect.  Make a list of your reasons for quitting and carry it with you to look at whenever you think of changing your mind.  Also, come on here and ask for help, wait for 3 responses before lighting up........hopefully after the 3 responses come, you will change your mind.  Also, start keeping track of every time you actually smoke.  write down what the "trigger" was.  Was it because you were angry?  Hungry?  Because you just finished a meal?  Whatever the reason, write it down and write down what you can do next time that trigger happens so that you don't smoke.

Hope some of this helps.  Good luck and take care of yourself.  

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