Friday, June 29, 2007

Accelerated Healing from Failed Kitty Rescue

A quick Yay! to Lakasha who actually went with the Day 8 quit date that is instructed (unlike me) and seems to have pulled through it on her first day today. Very cool.

So on Monday while I was doing my daily walk with the ladies from work (has been really helpful in not smoking), I also attempted a kitty rescue. I'm known to do that kind of thing because I love animals, and it breaks my heart when people dump them like trash, which is what I think happened with this one. Since there is currently no room at the inn (our home) due to other sad stories, I can't adopt any more, but I can bring them someplace safe with a chance at a new forever home with a forever family. So I walked with my cat carrier and the work ladies until we came upon the cat in his usual spot. He let me pick him up, but wasn't real keen on getting into the carrier, and I wound up with battle wounds. My finger was scratched up pretty badly in a few spots and bleeding enough that I had to practically wrap the entire thing in Band-aids for a couple of days. I've noticed over the past several years that when I get cuts, they don't seem to heal nearly as fast as when I was younger.

When I looked at my finger today and realized what I was seeing, I about fell over. The thing is healing as quickly as I remember from when I was younger. Could it be that not smoking just these past 11 days could already have something to do with this accelerated healing? Sure enough. I happened to find this article (aimed toward burn/surgery patients) that might explain why the cuts already look so much better, which says in part:

How does smoking affect my skin and wound healing?

Smoking causes blood vessels to become smaller. The smaller vessels have a harder time carrying the oxygen, nutrients, and healing factors to the wound. This can cause the wound healing process to take longer.

Carbon monoxide is a poison from smoking that enters your blood cells. This poison lowers the level of oxygen in your blood. It only takes 3 full days of no smoking to get rid of all the carbon monoxide in your blood. It is vital to quit smoking for at least 3 days before your surgery so that the oxygen can build back up in your blood stream. Oxygen is vital to your healing.

Amazing.

In other events, about 9:30PM tonight I realized that I had completely forgotten to take my 2nd dose of Chantix. I had so few urges tonight (and zero bad cravings) that I didn't even notice. The thought of smoking still occurred to me and sounded good once in awhile, but it never really took hold or lasted very long.

I continue to be blown away by the whole process of quitting smoking this time around and by how wonderfully the Chantix is working with some cooperation on this end.

3 comments:

  1. Hey, I LOVE celia, too! :) They're a part of my inspiration.

    Yes, I'm glad you learned about vessels. I knew about it from my previous quits when I was on my smoking effects learning sprees. It is just mind blowing in what a multi-faceted way smoking affects our bodies, both macro and micro scales.

    On the sad note, it is interesting how differently quitting affects people. I'm withdrawing on day 5, but thank god it's almost over. Gonna try to go to bed now. :(

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  2. Yea Maggie, keep on keepin on!
    (as I light a fucking cigarette)
    I hate this addiction!

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  3. Thanks Maggie :)

    I am a big time kitty person too and always seem to be rescuing them from somewhere or other.

    I have also been totally blown away by how much Chantix has helped thus far with my quit.

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