Tuesday, July 17, 2007

About a Month

Considering that bedtime yesterday was 4 weeks of not smoking (today is Day 29 Smoke Free ! and Chantix Day 41 - I do that partially for you all but partially so that I can keep track, too), but also considering that it was the 18th of the month (June) when I quit, I'm in that weird kind of limbo where it's "about a month," depending on how a month is defined - something more like 28 days or something more like when the same date turns up on the next page of the calendar that that's the month. Whatever, I'll celebrate today through Wednesday since I see no other real solution ;)

Got some good sleep last night, and I feel great! I'm back to being in love with me about not smoking all over again and have a feeling this could be another one of those days where I get all sappy thinking about the cilia in my lungs and how they are getting even closer to breaking free - why I have a cute little image of them in my head is beyond me, but I always have. Since the day in health class or whenever when I heard about them being all matted down by smoking (in my mind, it was like they were getting tiny buckets of tar poured on them - I'm a nut, I know, but some things stick in my brain), I felt kind of sad that they were struggling to break free, yet they never could as I smoked and smoked and smoked at them. I guess I had it part right about the tar - another great little website (did you know smokers tend to get more cavities, too?) aimed at teen girls that I should have listened to when I was 12 and thought my first pack of Marlboro's were almost as cool as me smoking them:
Smoking paralyzes the cilia that line your lungs. Cilia are little hairlike structures that move back and forth to sweep particles out of your lungs. When you smoke, the cilia can't move and can't do their job. So dust, pollen, and other things that you inhale sit in your lungs and build up. Also, there are a lot of particles in smoke that get into your lungs. Since your cilia are paralyzed because of the smoke and can't clean them out, the particles sit in your lungs and form tar.

Yah, that. Knowing that the cilia are marching (or whatever hairs do, flowing?) their way to freedom makes me smile. The people at ACS that I love enough that I've linked enough of their articles also explain how this whole cilia thing is the reason behind the smokers cough and that dreadful morning cough (scroll down to smoker's cough) that I hated so much (though I did have a smaller scale one this morning - I know, it can take many months to undo 20+ years, and I just kept in mind that I was freeing the cilia!).

Anyway, I'm feeling good and all excited and whatnot, and I'm ready to celebrate: I have a date for another kiss on the balcony tonight, likely with Tom. Maybe I'll find a "Free the Cilia" T-shirt somewhere. Or maybe just the kiss.

Update 2 minutes later: Unbelievable. I went to the GetQuit Chantix program thing, and the topic today? Cilia. I kid you not. I'm buying a lottery ticket. And maybe a latte. Then having my balcony kiss.


  1. LOL! I love how you talk about your love for cilia! I'm so with you on that. I think you being sentimental about cilia is one of the coolest sights...and one of the things Tom makes you all that coffee!

  2. Hehe now you have made me imagine cilia as cute little things that make my lungs clean... I feel like such a villain :)

    You are lucky that Tom is so supportive and not a smoker. I hope my James will follow suit someday, I have a feeling he's still a little uncomfortable with me quitting. Also, your balcony kisses sound like a delightful reward for quitting! :D

  3. Hey! I'm back and not puking or burning up with fever or anything! It's a miracle!

    Glad to read that you're having such a nice cilia-liberating day. I've read a lot of posts and blogs from Chanix users who say they coughed up a ton of yuck in the days after their quit, but not me. Nada, zip, zero. Does that mean that my cilia maybe like the Elvis Presley slicked down look and aren't coming back up? Yup, I'm the kind of person who worries about NOT having a smoker's cough.

    Anyway, Day Ten almost over and still hanging in there.

  4. Cilia rock! I'm glad I'm not alone.

    Judy, Elvis. Too funny. I wouldn't be too worried. I haven't been coughing as much as I remember from previous quits, and they are mostly dry coughs, but I still feel like I'm breathing better.


Talk to me.