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June 12, 2011

48 Hours Smoke Free

The last time I was at the doctor, I picked up a prescription for the quit smoking drug, Chantix. I really didn't expect it to work. I've smoked 2.5-3 packs/day for the last 25 years and I've always been really addicted to cigarettes. Last year, I quit cold turkey for four days and completely shocked myself. Up until that point, I'd never voluntarily gone without a cigarette for more than 24 hours. But, then, on the fourth day, I had 'just one cigarette' and it all went down the drain.

In order to use Chantix 'properly', you're supposed to take it for 7 days and quit smoking on or before the 8th day. When the eighth day rolled around, there was no way I was going to quit. I was still way too desperate for a cigarette. But, as the days rolled on, I noticed that cigarettes started to be less and less fulfilling. On the 12th day, I was down to about 5 cigarettes/day and I wasn't even trying. On day 15, I fully quit and, at this moment, I've been totally smoke-free for 48 hours. It actually is working for me. Though it's certainly not easy to stay away from the cigarettes, the Chantix is making it a ton easier. Whenever I'm tempted to take a puff, I remind myself that, at the very least, I spend $337.50/month on cigarettes. Ouch.

There are some potentially creepy side effects from Chantix: depression, hallucinations, aggressive behavior, etc. So far, I've only noticed some slight nausea when I take it. I figure I'll just risk the side effects because quitting cold turkey could be impossible. And the nicotine patches and gum don't do a thing for me.

On the second day of my quit (today), a cold or flu popped up. It's not 'smoker's flu' or nicotine withdrawal because I know I caught it from my mother. And I've never had muscle aches and pains from quitting smoking. It's not a big deal but now I don't know if the side effects I'm experiencing are from the Chantix, nicotine withdrawal, or this cold.

In completely unrelated news, the bike thief (or thieves) came back. It's possible it was somebody else entirely but somebody opened our backyard gate just like the last guy(s) did. We keep the doors locked now so they didn't get in. But, apparently, they stole some stuff out of our next door neighbor's truck and from one of the cars across the street. Now, I kinda wanna spend the nights in the garage with crochet hooks and yarn in hand and a shotgun in my lap. >.< Normally, I'm one of the least violent people in the world but this guy (or girl) pretty much ruined my summer. And I'd totally aim for the leg, not something vital.


Ferd said...

Chantix and a shotgun. Those thieves don't know what's gonna hit them! LOL

Congratulations, K!
Your lungs are going to love you! :-)

Berryvox said...

lol Luckily, for them, I don't actually have a shotgun.

I can already smell better. I don't know if that's always a good thing. The kitchen trashcan isn't so great-smelling.

Nicky said...

Congratulations! I've tried a zillion times to quit and have managed for several months, but always end up going back. I've always been a little nervous about Chantix, because of the side effects.

Patti said...

Wow, good for you on quitting smoking.

And I'd totally shoot 'em. ;)

Berryvox said...

Nicky - Yeah, I would've tried Chantix years ago but the possible side effects creeped me out too.

Patti - I would've felt that way about the bike thief with or w/out the Chantix. :D

ArtsyNina said...

Congrats on quitting smoking! And about creepy thievy people- twice last year my car was rummaged through while it sat in my driveway in Eagan. There was nothing to steal in it, but it still made me feel all violated and gross. Why can't people leave stuff that isn't theirs alone!?

Berryvox said...

Nina - I know what you mean about feeling violated. I didn't feel that way this time since they only went into the garage. But, when I was a teen, somebody broke into the house while I was sleeping and stole some electronics from the living room. THAT was creepy. They ended up catching that kid when he tried to pawn the stuff. :)