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February 2021 Ex-Smokers - Start Here!   Quit Buddies Unite

Started Jan-31 by Terry (abquitsmking); 29984 views.
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Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Mar-3

Hi Feb Quitters,

By way of introduction, I have been posting to this site now for so long I can't remember when I started, before it changed over to Delphi Forums, I am 71 years of age  married to the wonderful Jeanie, and have been struggling to latch on to a permanent quit for so long. I was a late starter to smoking and didn't start smoking until I was 30 years old after my divorce, it's strange how I sought comfort from a cigarette, both my parents had smoked when I was a child so I guess I was used to inhaling passively from an early age. I gave up in my 40's for about 6 months, then crazily took it back up again one night at a club where a ZZ Top cover band were playing, a pack of B&H later and I was hooked again, I am using patches and an inhaler this time around and putting in some homework hoping to give my brain ammunition to fight back any craves or urges, I have my reasons posted in front of me at the computer desk along with the statement I Choose Not To Smoke. 

I had some successes last year, 6 weeks or so at a time smoke free, and with my quit smoking counselor have been navigating our way through stormy waters, my counselor has been very supportive providing me with NRT products and wellbeing advice, monitoring my weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, pulse, Carbon Monoxide readings, girth measurements and generally supportive, she is a treasure. 

My wife is a smoker, and is showing no signs of giving up, so there are cigarettes always in the house, a constant temptation, I just stay in my own world and when I join her for a coffee I take my inhaler out side with me, she doesn't smoke in the house.

I use the Quit Line also run by the Cancer Clinic, they have been very helpful in the past with weekly telephone calls and SMS's daily. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Terry and all the Mod's for their input  into the Forum and for their wonderful guidance through out the years, Now it's up to me and forum members to forge a path of new beginnings through to new found freedom and peace. Thank you

  • Edited March 3, 2021 1:39 pm  by  Jatchat
Nope62

From: Nope62

Mar-3

 Thanks for sharing!

We have much in common. I also started using this site when it was called something else. I am 64 but I started smoking much younger than you did, mid teens. I have read your posts over the last year and just like you I have had many stoppages, but I have failed to actually quit. I am 62 days into this quit.

Even with that amount of time not smoking, I'm still not sure about my quit. I have good days and bad days! I work with a doctor from the VA. He is a very nice young man. But he has never smoked. I think that only an ex- smoker really understands this addiction. I use a 14 mg patch. I can't seem to get away from it. May I ask you about the inhaler you are using? Does the nicotine absorb through the tissue in your mouth, or does it go to your lungs? This is one NRT that I have never tried.

Good Luck To You!

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Mar-3

Hi Nope62,

Yes, first congratulations on your quit, well done. The inhaler, consists of a cartridge with nicotine, and a holder with a mouthpiece that you place between your lips and draw short sharp breaths into just the mouth cavity, not into your lungs. The cartridges are replaceable when exhausted of nicotine., Hope this helps

KatieKat84

From: KatieKat84

Mar-4

Hi Suzy,

I'm also in the UK. I'm 4 years quit now :-) It took me a few attempts too. Hope this will be your 'forever' quit - honestly you know smoking is a mug's game and doing nothing for you. Good luck!

Katie

4th March 2017

Nope62

From: Nope62

Mar-4

Thanks, they are available here in the states, but by prescription only only. If for some reason I fail again I may ask for them. Right now all I have to worry about is getting off these 14 mg patches. I think it is more of a mental thing than it is an actual physical problem. Thanks again for the information and I hope your quit continues to serve you well!

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Mar-4

Hi Katie,

Congratulations on your quit of 4 years, that's awesome, As you can see from previous posts , I'm still playing a game with cigarettes, hoping to get serious  this time, I have a op coming up for hip replacement, this is motivating me to stay smoke free at the moment, Take care, hows bub?

Kind regards

Anthony

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Mar-4

Hi Suzy,

Holding you to your promise of coming back Thursday, trust you are in a good space for your everlasting quit, you can do it, I know, you've done it before, revisit the quit information provided on this site and trash the cigarette

Kind regards

Anthony

  • Edited March 4, 2021 12:42 pm  by  Jatchat
Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Mar-4

Hi Nope62,

Thanks for the support, I wish you well also

Suzy2018

From: Suzy2018

Mar-4

Dear Sue, it's wonderful to hear from you - you were instrumental in my most successful quit to date -  and you're completely right, I AM a silly little madam!  Even sillier, because I HAVEN'T stopped today as planned - I got offered more work and most of the other actors smoke, so my junkie brain told me that today just wasn't the right day...   It was also that I couldn't reply to you or Anthony last night, which felt awful - I could read messages but not reply (the internet was on go-slow as Mike was uploading a massive video file), so - junkie brain again - I felt as if the fates were conspiring against me.

It's wonderful to be back here, but I do feel like a bit of a dick all the same. I LOVED not smoking, and the effect on my confidence with not hiding away, not feeling ashamed etc, was absolutely huge. I want to get it back, I really do, and I am so sorry - to everyone who has encouraged me on here, but also for myself - that I haven't managed it today.  Thanks for thinking of me as a survivor - it really helps, and I do believe I will crack it. I've been doing roleplay with medical students today (online) and had to play a cancer patient - it really brought it home to me.

I'm so glad you've got your 5 year wings - that's really wonderful - and that you're still friends with Marge, Anita and Triff (and your husband!).  I hope Spain is good too?  I'm assuming you're still there - I would be too if I could!  Covid is horrible wherever you are, but I can't help thinking that sunshine and a more laid-back lifestyle makes it less so.

Where to from here?   Well, I think it's pretty clear that I didn't have my head in quite the right place for today, and we have our 'bubble' friend - who smokes - coming over on Sunday, so I am now thinking Monday 8th, to give myself time to read all the articles and actually get to a point (intellectually at least) where I can be really committed to quitting.  I'm hoping this isn't just more junkie thinking.  I don't think it is - it feels like just getting properly prepared - but Mike is rolling his eyes a bit, and maybe you are too?

Really, really lovely to hear from you.  Thank you, Sue.

Suzy2018

From: Suzy2018

Mar-4

Hi Anthony, and thank you for the encouragement.  I'm sorry to say that I didn't manage to quit today, but I WILL.  I'm coughing and wheezing - not to mention very embarrassed that I'm doing such a stupid thing AGAIN - and I really have had enough of it. 

You're right, I do need to re-read the articles on here, and get my head in the right place.  I've now put my date forward to Monday 8th (partly because we've got a smoking friend coming over on Sunday but also to give me time to really nail why I want to be smoke-free).  I'm so tired of faffing about with this, and want this quit to be the last.  

I really hope your op goes well, and well done on your quit so far.  

Suzy

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