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12 years ago 0 Steve 41 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hello.. I sure will need help quitting

My name is Steve, I've been smoking 38 years and really don't want to quit. However, I'm going to have to have back surgery very soon and of course the doctors are giving me hell about smoking. They also say it lowers my chance of a better recovery by 40%. I doubt if it's that much of a difference but I don't want to take the chance. I've never had any real surgery before so that is scary enough and the idea of not smoking scares me too.
Anyone had to face these two things at the same time? I'm going to be taking Chantix and I've read some good things about it helping people quit. I've only tried to quit once in my life. That was about 12 years ago and I had one of those countdown things that regulated your smoking schedule. I came close but the timing was bad. The day that was supposed to be my last day I ended up having to take a long car trip. Smoking while driving has always been when I smoke the most. I started back at a reduced amount but of course in a short period of time was back at a pack a day.
OK, I've rambled enough. I look forward to talking to all of you.
 
Steve

12 years ago 0 Steve 41 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hello.. I sure will need help quitting

I started taking the Chantix today so I have 6 days left to smoke. Timing should be about right for the number of packs I have left in the carton. Of course as it happens I'm on vacation next week and will be driving  a lot over the week. I'm going to give this my best shot.
I'll find out Wednesday when my surgery will be scheduled so I'm hoping that I will be finished smoking by the time surgery gets here. 

12 years ago 0 Steve 41 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hello.. I sure will need help quitting

Thanks to everyone that has responded and offered your support.
Today was day 2 of taking the Chantix  and I can tell already that it is going to help. I'm not getting the same buzz from a cigarette that I did.
For those of you that took or are taking Chantix, how long did you take it? Did you eventually wean off of it or just quit?
Tomorrow I have an appointment with the other surgeon so I'll have a better idea of when the surgery will take place.
This is getting scary, back surgery, bed rest, a 3 to 4 month recovery and no smoking. Got a tough road ahead.
 
Steve

12 years ago 0 Steve 41 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hello.. I sure will need help quitting

OK, so I met with the surgeon and he showed me exactly what they will be doing to my back. They will remove the herniated  part of two discs and then install screws and bars to tie three vertebrae together. He kept saying how serious and painful an operation it is. 
I'm going through with it though, I am cutting back on the smoking but I think I may postpone the actual quit day until I'm back from vacation.

12 years ago 0 Steve 41 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I'm back too

I did it.
I quit Sunday when I had my last cigarette before bed. I had it planned out that that would be the last cigarette in the pack. So far so good. I think being on all the pain pills that I'm on helps control the physical side of quitting, it's the mental part that I have to deal with. It's hard to resist the temptation to go buy more. I am going to make a honest effort to quit though.
 
My back surgery is scheduled for 8/8 so my system should be cleaned out of nicotine by then.

12 years ago 0 Steve 41 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I'm back too

Thanks everyone. Like I said earlier, I'm not having too many physical issues. I just get real bad cases of " I want a cigarette". I really think I can do this. I just hope I can continue to want to do it.
12 years ago 0 Steve 41 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I'm back too

Thanks for all the support everyone. I guess former smokers aren't all that bad. When I was smoking there was nothing worse than listening to a former smoker go on about how bad it was for you , etc.
Day 5 and no laspes yet. I haven't told anyone at work that I have stopped and find it funny that no one notices that I don't "go out and check the weather" at all.
As much as I miss smoking I am starting to think that this may work out. I do get the urge to go borrow a cigarette and smoke but luckily the urge goes away quickly.
One day at a time.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 7/13/2008
Smoke-Free Days: 5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $10.50
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 1 Mins: 2 Seconds: 4

12 years ago 0 Steve 41 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Lets have a roll call, is everyone still hanging Tough ??

Only five days for me but I'm still hanging in there.
My Milage:

My Quit Date: 7/13/2008
Smoke-Free Days: 5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $10.50
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 1 Mins: 2 Seconds: 51

12 years ago 0 Steve 41 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Picking Quit Day

I planned mine so that I would quit when I finished the last pack in my last carton. It ended up being a Sunday which worked out fine for me. The last day I made 5 cigarettes last all day smoking the last one before I went to bed on Sunday night. When I got up on Monday morning I wanted one but had none in the house so I couldn't tempt myself.

I had been taking Chantix too so that helped with the urge. It is funny how that medication made the cigarettes taste bad. Pick a day and stick to it. Good luck.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 7/13/2008
Smoke-Free Days: 5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $10.50
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 1 Mins: 4 Seconds: 15

12 years ago 0 Steve 41 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Day 6 and I'm about to cave in

This isn't getting any easier.
 
I spent most of the day today at the hospital getting my pre-admission work done. Met with the surgeon first, then hurry over to the admissions area where I had to sit for 2 hours and wait. Then had to wait in line again to get in the lab to get blood drawn. All this hurry up and wait, the nervousness and the stress. I am really surprised that I didn't give in. Then when I finally get home get into an argument with the girlfriend, geez, what a day.
 
Cliff notes: Had the day from hell but didn't give in to the urge.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 7/13/2008
Smoke-Free Days: 9
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 135
Amount Saved: $18.90
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 15 Mins: 40 Seconds: 17