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Re: Nicotine patches
« Reply #25 on: 05/06/2006 00:51:20 »
Thank you guys, and thanks for the morivation Karen, i must admit i feel ashamed that i didnt quit yet, not even for 1 day, my dad is visiting me for 5 days and hes not making it easier, i thought it would be easier with him around but i was wrong, it's still on my mind everyday though.
okay im gonna start tomorrow for sure, i really have to quit i know its bad and i even started feeling the effects, i know im still young but that worries me more, i wonder if i feel like that now how would i feel 10 years from now! like begonia said i'm used to smoking before and after each activity, whether its eating, drinking, working or many other things
thanks much for the support, ill keep you posted with my progress.

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Re: Nicotine patches
« Reply #26 on: 05/06/2006 02:39:33 »
i would love to quite but its the ones after a drink a meal or the chocolate cornetto which i just finish i cant do without.




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« Reply #27 on: 05/06/2006 03:44:36 »
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Originally posted by Laith

Thank you guys, and thanks for the morivation Karen, i must admit i feel ashamed that i didnt quit yet, not even for 1 day, my dad is visiting me for 5 days and hes not making it easier, i thought it would be easier with him around but i was wrong, it's still on my mind everyday though.
okay im gonna start tomorrow for sure, i really have to quit i know its bad and i even started feeling the effects, i know im still young but that worries me more, i wonder if i feel like that now how would i feel 10 years from now! like begonia said i'm used to smoking before and after each activity, whether its eating, drinking, working or many other things
thanks much for the support, ill keep you posted with my progress.

Laith



I have to say that although I did not wish to say anything when you posted your first post on this thread, just in case I was wrong, and I did not want to undermine your motivation, but I am not surprised that you have not given up.

When someone says they are thinking about doing something at some time in the future, then one suspects they will not get around to doing it at all.

Until you are ready to say that from this moment on, there is no more thinking about it, but you will be acting from a conviction verging on religious zeal, I don't see it happening.

OK, I say this from the privileged position of never having taken up the habit at all; but nonetheless from an understanding of how I am about making other difficult changes in my life, even if tobacco is not one of them, I think what I say does (at least for me) hold true.



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« Reply #28 on: 05/06/2006 04:38:12 »
Don't give up Laith.  You can do it.  I never thought I could, but I did.  Unfortunately, I still think about them everyday.  It usually only lasts a few seconds, then I'm fine.  I've even had dreams about lighting up again.  Good luck and keep trying.

I am happy to report that my Dad has gone 12 days now without smoking.  He's chewing the gum like crazy, but not smoking.  My Mom has been cutting back now for several months.  She has now gone 11 days without smoking.  She's not using the patch or the gum.  

Now if Hubby will quit, I'll be a happy camper.  I'm not gonna push the issue with him for a while.  He used to drink at least a 12 pack of beer a night.  He quit drinking 7 months ago, so I'll leave him alone on the smoking issue.  For now.

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« Reply #29 on: 05/06/2006 09:02:24 »
Bravo Carolyn sounds like a great family of fighters. Good luck to them all.

Laith,
 I wanted to add " Don't put off to tomorrow what you can do today!" It is best to just start. Don't worry about how hard it is with your dad! You are in control, and you are going to have to deal with others that make it hard too! So lets go! No offence to you at all, I am so in your boat it is not funny! For the last 30 years I thought I will loose this weight I really need to I really do. I waited and let things get in my way, like the holidays, like a party, or I was pregnant, or any little thing I could to not have to do the deed!

 Like another someone said, and Pardon me another someone, I don't know your first name; but, you do have to take it up and be completely ready for the change or it is not going to happen.  
 I almost died putting off. I weighed 351lbs and had a bad heart! I could hardly move around without pain in my chest my arms my hips, my feet and my ankles. I was a complete mess! I wanted to just stop living I was never out of pain both mentally and physically. I have since lost 81 lbs and am feeling like a new person. I was not waiting another day for anything. I really believe my days were numbered as are all of our days, but I was weeks away from a fatal heart attack my Doctor said my blood pressure was sky high and there was nothing more for me she could do except the bypass. I researched the heck out of it and was very scared of not making it through it either, so was the doctor, But she said that was the only alternative for me. I found this site in my research of the bypass that led to the zetacaps, then here. I decided to try them in Oct. of 05' now 7 months later I weigh 81 lbs less and I can breath walk jump climb stairs and my blood pressure has gone down. I feel like a new person. I am going to continue cutting back my portions and moving and walking more to get my weight down to a more acceptable place for my heart. I am determined to live to see my grand children who are not even thought of yet! I want to meet all my new friends on this site and I intend to enjoy my life, I would like to help you enjoy yours a bit longer if you would allow me too. Please  feel free to email me when you need to smoke, jabber on about nothing if you like, but I know you can do this! You don't want to smoke those things another day!

 I remember the day my Mom came from the Doctor and he had told her she had Cancer! She came in the door and I remember we were playing with a new camera, and I clicked a picture of her comming in the door, and making a comment about smiling for the camera! I remember her face and the pain that spread across it. She came in and sat down and I new something was wrong. She just sat there, then she said, "The doctor said I have Lung Cancer." I said "What?" as if I hadn't heard what she had said. The old brain trying to imagine or bury the unimagineable. Then there wa a terrible silence. I looked at her and saw her hands shaking and my heart was beating so fast, I could not think straight and all I could say was oh Mama, Oh Mama! Our lives changed that day and I found out how very strong my mom was and how very proud I was of her. Thirteen months later, two weeks before she died, I took her to the ER because her pain had gotton so bad, bleed through pain as they called it. She had slept a long time and not taken her Morephine on time and then it was hard to get the pain back under control. While we were there, I went home to get a shower and come back and she had spoken to the doctor again, he had told her something while I was gone, but when I arrived back at her room, she was mumbling and rambling on about something that made no sense, I realized something was wrong and saw that she was in shock. the nurse brought a warm blanket and told me the Doc wanted to talk to me. I demanded to know what he said to her as what ever it was had sent her into shock and they had just left her there alone to deal! I got him on the phone from her room and he told me what he said to her. He told her she was dying right then and that she would not be going home again! By this time I was holding on to her hand as she rambled incoherently. I said less then a week he said maybe tonight, I satrted to cry and I put my head down on the bed and said a prayer and continued to cry. Then I suddenly felt this hand upon my head, and I heard her sweet motherly voice say to me in a completely calm and rational voice, Its going to be alright baby, Everything is going to be alright! She then said you have been the best daughter I could of asked for and I will always love you! It will be alright! At that moment I knew she was strong, she pulled herself out of shock to comfort her own child, not thinking of herself, but of me. I felt so selfish and so undeserving of her love at that moment. Then I realized how strong a mothers love is and how much she loved me and I her! It was so much more then words and so much deeper. She said, "you sit up here, I am going home and you go call all of the family so we can have a big party!" "It will be 4th of July in a couple of days and I want to see my family." "I haven't seen some of them for years!" So I fought the hospital to take her back home where she had around the clock care from us daughters and the son inlaws, it was where she wanted to be and then we planned a party, with fireworks and the whole sha-bang! I even made her a huge early Birthday cake to celebrate her 57th birthday 1 month early! We enjoyed company and she hugged and said goodbye to her family. She said she needed to tell them goodbye herself. She did not want them standing over her casket with regrets. So she did. I will remember that my whole life. She died on July 9th, 2003. I was holding her hand and we were listening to a tape that I purchased for her and I several months before, Eric Claptons Tears in heaven. She spoke to my father that day right before she left us, he died in 1961.  She kept saying, "I have to take my medicine, but she said he kept telling her, "You don't need that here!" "You don't need it anymore!" I asked her who she was talking too, and she replied, "its your father, but he won't let me take my medicine." I told her, "he's right, she could go now, because everything would be fine here, and she really did not need it anymore." She said one more time, "Frank honey my medicine," then she said, "ok honey, ok!" The room was quite still and all I had been hearing was very labored breathing in and around her talking with my father, but as we listened to the rest of the song her breathing became clear and soft and the room took on a very soft yellow glow and I looked at her and saw her chest fall and a peacefullness come across her face as never I had seen in my life. Her face suddenly looked years younger and I realized she was leaving us. I began to cry, but I muffled it for fear of making her struggle to hang on for me. My chest hurt so much and I couldn't think straight. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, not cying out to her to hang on. I just held to her hand and watched her chest rise and fall one last time. She was gone. The room remained still and the light remained soft and yellow in those early morning hours. I sat with her for a long time after. A friend of mine came, and then we began to wash her body and clean her up before the coronor came for her. This being something we do, when a loved one passes. I dressed her and had her ready when they arrived.

 I have told you this because I want you to know how hard this would be for those who love you, as well as it would be for you. I just want you to care enough about yourself to stay motivated and live a full life with your family give them the gift of yourself, as there is no greater gift you can give them. A healthy you! Don't put off another day, it only takes one day too long to end a life! :(
 Laith as you said you are young and you can do this. My mom was a chain smoker for of about 42 years or so. If she could stop, and she did, You can stop too! I am pulling for you and know you will do well!:)....Karen
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« Reply #30 on: 06/06/2006 02:54:17 »
Karen - Thank you for sharing such an emotional and important part of your life.  You continue to inspire!

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« Reply #31 on: 06/06/2006 04:59:38 »
CArolyn You are doing great, and I am sure you will do fine. I hope your hubby does well with his cigarettes. Its so hard to break those habbits isn't it?
 

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« Reply #32 on: 11/06/2006 10:37:25 »
Hey Laith, How are you doing. I havent seen your post so I thought I would stop in and see if you were able to start your patches if you decided to go that way! I sure hope they work good for you. I know they worked good for my mom.
   How has your week been? Remember there should be no shame in you. We all do things and have addictions or things that we do or don't do that we could always be ashamed of. It's best to let that go and just live in the presnt! Thats where your future lies. I know you can do it. Well I hope all is well and I will watch for your post and always be pulling for you! I know you can do it.....Karen
 

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« Reply #33 on: 05/07/2006 20:14:25 »
Hey everyone,
I was away for a while for vacation and didnít have access to the internet. I havenít smoked in exactly 3 weeks [: D] I quit the day before my birthday and I donít crave it at all now.
I started feeling much better physically since the first week! No cough at all (which I used to get mostly in the morning especially when I sleep on my back!? Why is that?), I also feel more energetic and less lazy as in I always want to be doing something.
The first week I was holding an unlit cigarette most of the time, I was pretending to be smoking it and even ashing it, it might have helped I donít know.
Thanks a lot for your posts Karen, Carolyn,... and everyone, you were helpful and I felt I donít want to disappoint you, I didnít want my mom to see me smoking too, I know she becomes very sad and I hate that
I'll keep you updated, most my friends bet I wonít last more than 4 months and I always hear that itís very hard for someone to quit forever, but I feel good now and confident that ill keep it up.
By the way Iím not even using the patches! I put them on 2 times but kept thinking about nicotine then cigarettes then ended up smoking, but maybe I wasnít determined enough then.



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« Reply #34 on: 06/07/2006 02:30:36 »
Great Job, Laith!!! Congrats.  I'm betting you can last longer than 4 months, in fact, my bet is forever.  Just remember if you crave one, it only lasts a few seconds.  Don't give in to it.  Jus think about how sad it would make your mom.  You sound like a good son.

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« Reply #35 on: 06/07/2006 11:08:52 »
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Originally posted by Laith
I havenít smoked in exactly 3 weeks

Excellent news, Laith. Keep it up.

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« Reply #36 on: 06/07/2006 11:49:14 »
Laith I knew you could do it and am very ecited for you to be able to qiut. I am very proud. Never put off today what you can do tomorrow! I knew you could! You will be fine and the longer you are away from them the easier it will get. Stress can raise the ugly head and be tough, but you will make it just fine. This says alot about your character Laith! You will be Fine!......Karen
 

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« Reply #37 on: 06/07/2006 12:28:12 »
Well done.  You've got over the first, and most difficult, hurdle Ė you've started.

I wish I could offer much more practical advice, but I've not been there.  My own observation is that the most difficult thing is to be around other people who smoke, since that is when there is the greatest temptation to join in.  If that is the case, try and stay away from those situations (probably a little easier now that you tell us that Montreal has forbidden smoking in most public places).



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« Reply #38 on: 06/07/2006 16:54:16 »
Laith, well done chap.

Now retract your application for a quality assurance inspector for Malboro !!

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« Reply #39 on: 06/07/2006 17:22:54 »
your all quitters! what would have happened if churchill quit or rambo or wile coyote eh! what would the world be like if they quit!
oh and by the way laith since the smoking ban came in in scotland smokers are having more sex than ever its an instant icebreaker with the opposite sex when your standing outside a pub

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