Today is Smoke-free Day 117.
I went to the girl doctor yesterday, and she is awesome. I wish I could see her more than once a year (well, I mean for other stuff, not that kind of appointment, obviously) because she actually asked questions expecting a full answer and even asked further questions for clarification when I gave only the tiny little 5 word snippets (yes, it's true, I'm capable of that with extreme concentration) I've become used to giving a doctor in hopes that it will make me better heard. My faith that there really are some good doctors out there has been restored, and I'll just have to keep looking for the regular one among my limited primary care doctor choices. I think my doctor was actually a nurse practitioner instead of an actual doctor, so maybe that was part of it, too...
Anyway, that's really not what I intended to say, but it spilled out, and there it is.
What I wanted to say was that when the doctor's assistant was going over my information (after recording the 5-10 pounds I have in fact gained since quitting smoking and advising me that my blood pressure was little high, which is new), she mentioned the Chantix listed in the file and separately noted later that I'm listed as a non-smoker and looked to me for confirmation. Instead of being a normal patient and just nodding my head that this was correct information, I got all giddy and had to tell her that "yes, I am a non-smoker, and, not that you asked the date, but I can tell you that it's been since June 18th!" (This after having no clue about the other "date of your last" they ask at the girl doctor - ladies, you understand) She went on to tell me that this was awesome because there is no benefit to smoking, and then it kills you, and it's expensive, and so forth. My first thought was that she'd never smoked before because of how matter of factly and simply she stated that there was "no benefit" to smoking.
I've thought about it, and she's right. I can't think of one thing that I would exactly call "beneficial" about smoking, especially now that physically my body doesn't "need" it anymore - as Chris reminded me, at this point it really is all in my head.