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January 2021 Ex-Smokers   Quit Buddies Unite

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Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Feb-11

I’m doing good, thank you! You too? You’re doing great with this quit for sure. I used the patches too. I think you are very wise to keep them handy! There was a stressful (and fun) time when an unexpected visitor came to stay with me last August and I had been off the patches for a couple of months. Boy, I was triggered with the smoking voice for sure! So I put a patch on even though I hadn’t used one for quite a while. I figured it was better than talking myself into “just one”. Well, it did the trick and I used a patch for most of her visit and then came off it no problem and no regrets either. At least I didn’t smoke!

Bummer about the link. It sounds like a fascinating topic. I kind of live in that “No Man’s Land” most days, lol! joy So would have been fun to read about how it relates to smoking cessation. 
 

Take care and stay strong!!!blush

  • Edited February 11, 2021 12:22 am  by  Loreficent
Nope62

From: Nope62

Feb-11

   I'm trying it again. This might not be the same one, but it is about the same subject. If the link doesn't work, you can google it and several links will come up.  (No Man's land quitting smoking)

https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex/blog/2011/05/24/no-mans-land-days-30-to130-approximate

I'm like most people here, I have bad days and good days. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

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abrewster14

From: abrewster14

Feb-11

Congrats everyone. I hate the link isn’t working it was really hopeful and I was hoping to use it again in the future bummer. 
42 days smoke free. 
I have to stay I got the second shot of moderna Tuesday and have been down with side effects including 102 fever chills body aches and headaches. I have to say a I’m exhausted but feeling better b. I’m sooooo happy I didn’t have to deal with smoking on top of the side effects 

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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