• 8 months ago

    Need support for quitting smoking.

    I have smoked for 20 plus years. I am 45 years old and have been diagnosed with COPD. I continued to smoke after the diagnosis. I know stupid. I have been short of breath and wheezing a lot in the last 6 months but still did not quit. It wasn't until this past Saturday that I got a big wake up call. I had to go to hospital by ambulance as my pulse ox was 66%! I had a blood test that basically showed my body not being able to expel the carbon dioxide from my lungs. Had to be put on a BIPAP machine which thankfully worked for me. I did spend 2 days in hospital. This was my big wake up call that if I don't quit I will die young and I have too much to live for. I am using the Nicotine Transdermal system patch. I am determined to never pick up another cigarette again. I haven't had the cravings and I know it is not going to be easy but I will never forget the feeling of not being able to breath. Sorry this is a long post but I am anxious about my future and thankful to have this wake up call to kick this habit FOREVER! I am scared but I am going to take it day by day and I will never smoke another cigarette again.

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  • 8 months ago

    RE: Need support for quitting smoking.

    You can do it! Also, speak to a functional medicine doctor about high doses of vitamin c to restore cell damage. Detox body for 7-21 days from all toxins, drink organic fruit & vegetable smoothies daily and incorporate an exercise routine (start with a 15 min walk to and fro which equals half hour brisk walk). In addition, Prayer, meditation and music helps tremendously!
  • 7 months ago

    RE: Need support for quitting smoking.

    Good for you..I had the same trouble when I tried to quit smoking several times. What eventually worked for me was I got Ricola lemon-herb cough drops (no medication in them) and put one in my mouth every time I wanted a cigarette; I carried them in my car, in my purse, in my pockets. I also quit drinking coffee because coffee meant a cigarette also; I also did not sit down for a long time because that meant having a cigarette also. It did work for me and I have not had a cigarette since 1974.
  • 7 months ago

    RE: Need support for quitting smoking.

    I too was diagnosed with COPD after a career of firefighting and the habit of cigarette smoking for 40 years. It was 346 days ago, exactly. I know because on that day, I quit. I was given those nicotine patches and they gave me skin irritation and blisters and heart palpitations so I just went "Cold Turkey". Sure, is was really tough, but after about 2-3 weeks I had no desire to smoke and no cravings and wasn't substituting addictions. Of course, shortness of breath and coughing up brown stuff and now needing an inhaler reminded me I was doing the right thing. I believe what helped me the most though was to start walking my dog for exercise. I live in semi-rural area and "around the block" is 8/10ths of a mile. I now do that 4-5 times a week. My dog and I are both healthier and happier too. COPD can never be "cured," and only the symptoms are treated, but I am not going to die as a smoker. That means a lot to me. Good luck and don't give up on yourself.
      • 7 months ago
        Thank you for the response back. It is now 15 days of no cigarettes. The patch is working for me. I don't really have any cravings. I have been under a lot of stress. A week after I was in the hospital my husband was admitted for extremely high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and kidney damage. I am proud of myself for not smoking during this difficult time. My husband also quit smoking (cold turkey). My sister and brother-in-law also quit so I have a lot of support. I already feel a lot better. I have been exercising too. I also have a dog who is extremely hyper (black lab 8 months)!! I take it day by day. But I am determined I will never pick up a cigarette again. I will keep you posted on my progress. Thanks again for the support!!!
      • 7 months ago
        Booboo Face (my Dachshund) walking partner and I just got back from our walk this morning. I was glad to hear your response to my post. Good job on not smoking. Everyone is different and quitting by the "Whatever works" method is what I believe in. I also forgot to mention that I drank at least 1/2 gallon of water every day and took mega doses of Vitamin C and D, Multivitamins and ate a lot of raw veggies. I still do all that and I tribute that to feeling better, but the 'walkabouts' work out my sick lungs and weak legs. Booboo likes it too! One last thing that I came up with was the following sayings, "I can NOT do anything for one day!" "Day two, starts today," and "Cigarettes are breathtaking!" They are probably not original, but is works for me. I hope it helps you and others too.
  • 7 months ago

    RE: Need support for quitting smoking.

    Dear hmiller1021. As a former smoker, I know what you're feeling right now. But I am sure you will win with this deadly habit.

    I'm going to share on infographic with you, I hope that seeing these numbers will make you think twice next time you're about to smoke a cigarette. Here it is:

    https://addictionresource.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Tobacco-in-2017.png

    I hope you can find it helpful. I keep my fingers crossed, stay strong!
      • 5 months ago
        Just wanted to give a quick update. It is June 14th and I had my last nicotine patch Memorial Day. I decided to not put it on and see if I had any withdraw or cravings. I had none. Maybe a little bit of cravings here and there but still have not smoked!! I was on 14 mg of the patch and skipped the 7 mg. I still have shortness of breath. Not sure if its from COPD or allergies (I am allergic to dog dander and I have 2 dogs). This is my first time quitting and I am really proud of myself for not having a cigarette since March 19th!! I have a good support system. I am around people that smoke at work. At first I was a bit jealous (stupid I know) that they were smoking. But now I realize they might be the jealous ones because I quit!