Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Smoke Free Day One / Chantix Day 13

Wow. There. I said it. Smoke free today. Here it is Day 13 on Chantix, and even though I allowed myself longer than the week time frame to quit (my journey to this point is here) and gave myself until this Wednesday the 20th if it took that long, I have no real desire to delay severing the final ties to a bad habit sometimes disguised as other bullshit any longer. It helps that I barely smoked over the weekend, even then partly because I didn't want the rest of the pack (bought several days back) to go to waste. Last night it made me feel so nauseous to smoke that I decided that was it. This morning I'm feeling a little yucky, too, from the Chantix, but I'm already looking forward to the benefits (the more immediate and more tangible ones beyond not slowly killing myself, I mean). I still hacked up half a lung this morning, but soon that will be in the past. I can't yet breathe in one of those super deep breaths that go all the way to the core, but I know that the feeling of gradual improvement each time I take a breath to cope with an urge is actually one of my best defenses (that and water), and the deeper I can breathe, the more thrilled I'll be with my decision. I still can't have one of those really good laughs without it ending in a coughing fit, and I think I look most forward to having the gift of laughter back because I miss that most of all. My car smells absolutely disgusting - something I didn't notice much until smoking so little this weekend and getting in this morning and not lighting up - so this weekend I'll be treating it and myself to a car wash inside and out.

What is already different is that my hair smells good today, and so do my clothes. And my hands - hand lotion is one of my other defenses because it smells so good and no smoke smell is seeping out from underneath. Even better, but one of those less tangibles, is that according to this article that my sweet Tom found for me awhile back, not only has my blood pressure dropped back to normal (which they say happens just 20 minutes after a cigarette), but since I'm beyond 8 hours now, the level of carbon monoxide (poison) in my blood has gone down by half, and my oxygen levels should now be normal. Hell, if I keep going, even more good stuff is supposed to happen.

The best thing about this experience quitting smoking this time around is that I really just don't feel like smoking. In all the times I've quit, I've never been able to say that. Chantix really is something else. The lead up time has already gotten me into the habit of not always smoking when I usually did because of not wanting to so much, so today going to zero cigarettes really doesn't feel much different from over the weekend when I just had a few. Even though it's a Monday and a workday and I've "missed" one smoke break, it so doesn't feel like it. I'm not really thrilled about feeling kind of nauseous today (been lucky enough to mostly avoid that side effect to this degree up to this point), but I do think that's helping. Yay Chantix! Yay Me!

19 comments:

  1. Maggie, good luck to you. I found your blog from poking around google on Chantix. My doctor just perscribed me with it, but I'm a little nervous in taking it. It's very helpful to read your entries, I'm feeling a bit more ease about it. Keep it up!

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  2. Best of luck to you! I'd love to hear your experience.

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  3. Maggie! Thanks for dropping by my blog! AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR QUIT! I think it's totally fine that you quit two weeks after being on Chantix. Like they say, some people take longer to build it up. You should quit when it feels right, and it seems like that's today!
    Piece of advice - from the numerous stuff I read on Chantix - remember to allow yourself plenty time to wean off. More chances it'll be a smooth ride.

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  4. Thanks for story Maggie about your quit date being 13 on Chantix.My quit date is in 2 days Wed!I have been on Chantix and didnt stop smoking on day 8th! I have been having very BAD NAUESA and still smoking throuh it anyway.I know how to stop the nausea no! The trick is to drink a very big glass of water with the pill and eat a yogurt and the nausea STOPS!I started thinking I was never going to stop smoking now that I have the nausea gone.My support team called me today and now my quit day is day 13 like yours!Thanks for giving me faith in the Chantix that it will help me quit still on day 13!
    Patty

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  5. Patty, best of luck to you. Lots of us need just a bit more time to actually quit, and then we do just fine. Good luck to you!!

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  6. Maggie I am afraid to quit!I dont know if I can give up my cig with my coffee in the morning? Patty

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    1. Dont be afraid. I was also and im on my 6th day not smoking and it really is starting to get some better. Good Luck everybody Ya'll can do this

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    2. Good luck to you! It is SO worth it. If you haven't read The Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr, I highly recommend it. It can be a little cheesy and repetitive, but, honestly, it has worked better than anything so far, even better than Chantix did. If you are on that path, though, definitely keep going! I'd still recommend the book for the mental aspect.

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  7. Patty, you can do it. Have you already made a list of reasons that you want to quit? That will help through the tougher spots. I have a deep breath and a smile with my morning coffee, and most of the time, I like it much better ;)

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  8. Maggie
    Should I make should there is no cigerettes in my house in the morning?I will make a list like you said.Can I email you when I get up tommorrow on my quit date? Will you be around? Thanks Patty

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  9. Patty, most folks do best to get rid of all cigarettes. I didn't because I didn't realize that I'd be quitting until I woke up and was done ;)

    If you haven't already signed up for Chantix's GetQuit program, you really might find some of the information helpful. They mention making that list and generally just encourage you along the way.

    You can email me, and I will respond, but it can be very hit or miss while I am at work. Do you have your own blog? I've found it really helpful to write throughout this process, and it's a great way to get support from others as well. You can start on for free on blogger, and it's pretty easy to set up, too. Stan also has some great support over at his site. I just want to make sure that you have tons of support all around. If you do have a blog or start a blog, please let me know so that I can include yours in my list of links.

    All that said, please do give me a shout tomorrow or whenever, and I'll cheer you on and share whatever experience I can to help.

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  10. Good Morning Maggie!
    Well today is my quit day 13!I drank my coffee this morning and didnt smoke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS HUGE! I ran out of cigerettes last night.So I woke up to no cigerettes this morning.When I want a cigerette I DEEP BREATH until the urge passes!I am going to be breathing funny all day today because I am a chain smoker!Chantix works GREAT!
    Take Care
    Patty

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  11. So awesome, Patty! Congrats on your first day. You made it through the morning coffee stage, and that is a big step. You really *can* do this! Keep going!

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  12. My pleasure, Patty! I love to see others making it.

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  13. Maggie
    Day 2 feels weired not smoking still!!!! !How many years did you smoke for Maggie? Mine is 43 years!Are you a cat person Maggie? I have 2 bengal cats Mini and Kiwi.I am a writer and write childrens books about my cats.Have a great smokefree day!I cant believe I am saying that!
    Take Care
    Patty

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  14. You are doing great, Patty! I started smoking when I was 12, and I quit at 35. I did have a bit over a full year quit once, then some smaller ones, so roughly 20 years I smoked. I am a cat person, against my will, but they whisker their little ways into my heart. Keep going! Have you thought about blogging? Helps me tons!

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  15. I dont know what blogging is? I dont think people want to write me!I found you because I was looking up online people that stopped using Chantix after 13 days.I like writing someone because I am alone all day with my cats and I can talk to someone who is trying to stop smoking like me! Thanks Patty

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  16. Blogging is really just what I am doing by writing here (and the others over in the links). Basically, just writing a little something about what's going on with our experience quitting each day (some write every day, others much less). Anyway, you can use it just as a place to share your journey and update as you go.

    If you do decide to do it, probably the easiest is to sign up right at www.blogger.com. It walks you through the process. If you do set up a blog, then I can come visit to say hello, and others can, too. I've found it really helpful for me to both write and read to interact with others doing the same thing.

    As always, you are more than welcome to post here, and I'll be more than happy to respond because I'm always thrilled to hear about others quitting smoking, too.

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