Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Chantix GetQuit Police

Today is Smoke-free Day 120. I still feel like I need a little disclaimer here, but I'll get over it eventually. I'm not crying in my soup, but I'm also not feeling like Super Woman. Somewhere in between is probably about right, anyway.

The funny thing about my little oops over the weekend is that I didn't think I'd have one of those bumps. Me? Cocky? Nah...

When I was doing the Chantix checking in with GetQuit thing daily, I did see that once in awhile they would address the idea of just getting back on track if you smoked. I thought that was great advice for everyone else who might need it, but I kept going through checking the box that I hadn't smoked. In fact, I loved that about the GetQuit program even if some of the information could be kind of hit or miss depending on the day.

Funny enough, even now that I'm on the twice a week GetQuit email check in plan (or whatever is the more concise way of saying that), I happened to get the email over the weekend.

I had to check the box that "I smoked." Now they ask whether you bought cigarettes or smoked someone else's. It's kind of a funny distinction, but I do think that it's one worth asking. I'm not sure how different the answer would have been if I'd have selected bought instead of bummed.

In case anyone wonders about checking the box but doesn't want to take the route I did to find out (not worth it, really), to my surprise, the Chantix GetQuit Police did not arrive at my door and haul me off to some place with crazy dreams or scream at me or anything. I'm not really sure what I expected to happen if I checked the box, but they just told me to keep going.

I really can't express my gratitude enough for all of the kind thoughts and support from so many of you. Really, thank you.


  1. How funny you are.
    Seriously Maggie, I was talking with my husband about your slip and he wasn't in the least surprised. He said it was a normal reaction when cigarettes were something you had in common with someone close. He said it probably made the get together more meaningful.
    I have to ask, how many did you smoke? I'm a little envious :).

    You are still quit Maggie, keep your head up and keep moving forward.

  2. The key is to keep not smoking as much as you can, keep living days after days of not smoking, because that's the surest way to relearn a new lifestyle. Every day it's easier and easier to not succumb to the constant nagging of an old-time habit.

  3. Good Lord Maggie - I take the weekend off and all this happens?! Thankfully you and Tom are OK. It's a pain but cars can be replaced. And you are still quitter in my eyes.

    Hang in there...

  4. MamaFlo, yep, we had smoking in common and he still carried them, so it made it tougher. My other friend, my dear friend J, was "safe" because we could have a few drinks and hang out without temptation to smoke because both of us are non-smokers. Being around my smoker friend, I had a few but wasn't completely sober enough to say for sure. I do know that I felt immediate guilt but figured I may as well have another while I was there and would have to face the music anyway. That's terrible thinking, but that was my thinking. I understand the envious. I've felt that before as well, but I will say that it wasn't worth it.

    Stan, your are right, continuing to not smoke will cement the habit over time, and it does get easier. It wasn't because I was dying for one that I had one; it was because my guard was down and added alcohol.

    Chris, welcome back from the weekend and into my nutty world. Yes, we are safe, and I do appreciate your support. Thank you.

  5. Maggie, I would probably have done the same thing - if you are diving into the water it may as well be in the deep end.
    I have so enjoyed you, your prose and support, you are a joy to blog with.
    You are going to do fine with the Quit, you are still a nonsmoker.

  6. I am so glad that you are not smoking again...just one isn't going to hurt as long as you remain committed to staying quit. Just don't start again. Please. Wow...this is weird...a role reversal of sorts; the still-smoking me telling my aunt to not smoke...like you told me all those times. I am still convinced some 1500-odd miles away that you CAN AND WILL stay quit once and for all. Don't beat yourself up over one slip up; everyone makes mistakes and having one relapse on something this big is no big deal. Just keep on truckin' as my mom and your sister would say. I love you and I am very very glad that your man's OK...it coud have been uch worse.

  7. Maggie....a lil speed bump in the Journey is ok just dont let it stop you from what you plan to accomplish and that is staying quit!!! I think it will be a learning experience to see how you handle "next time" you all are together!!!! Your awesome and I know that you will stay quit!!! Just focus and remember all the reasons you quit in the first place!!!! I have a ton of Faith in ya!!!!
    Remember One day at a time.......

  8. Nephew of mine, thank you. You're next ;)

    Tabatha, thank you. I have learned plenty, and I'm glad it didn't cost me my quit.

  9. Does anyone have the Brain Fog?? I'm at 11 days and bad brain fog. Don't know what to do.

    1. Sounds really normal to me. Your body is going through a lot of changes and not having constant stimulation from nicotine. If it gets really bad, I'd talk to your doc, but I think many of us experienced some fogginess. Hang in there. It's worth it.

  10. Thanks Maggie, it's effecting my work, forgetting thongs at home.. Pretty scary. Started with the gum then added Chantix last week. This is my fourth try, smoking for 46 years!! Guess I have a lot of withdrawing to do.

    1. I can't count how many times it took for me to finally quit. Chantix helped me a ton, and I stayed quit for well over a year. When I moved to Japan, I started smoking again and tried quitting a bunch more times with so many other methods since Chantix wasn't an option. Maybe I would have stayed quit if I hadn't moved, but who knows. I hope this works for you. It has worked for so many.

      For me, the very last time I quit a few years ago and from that point no longer even wanted to smoke, I read a really corny book by Allen Carr called The Easy Way to Stop Smoking. It's repetitive and seems poorly written and cheesy... and, yet, it was only after reading it that I finally stopped even wanting to smoke. It changed everything for me because of that. If you've found this blog, you've probably seen how hard it was, how much I thought I missed smoking. My biggest problem with quitting was that I thought I loved smoking. Turns out, reading that book, it was all about the addiction and not actually "wanting" to smoke but not being able to tolerate the withdrawals that come every hour or so without smoking. The book explains it better.

      Anyway, I mention all that only in case the Chantix doesn't work out for you, though at least two people who used to comment on here who quit at the same time on Chantix are still smoke-free. You can do it. If the fogginess and trouble concentrating really becomes a thing, please do check with your doc and know that even if you couldn't take Chantix, there's a book that might help a lot, especially long-term. However it goes, I wish you the very best. I know how hard it is. I promise it's SO worth it. Feel free to comment on here any time or send me an email, even, if you need a little support.


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