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former smokerFeb 12, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
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Joined: Feb 11, 2018 (10:43 PM)

Here it is in a nutshell. Smoked for 36 years turned 50 in oct 2017. November we took a vacation to Lake Tahoe. Smoked there too until the elevation combined with the asthma and cold I had. Gave me an attack that was the worst and I lost my oxygen. Yes normal levels are at 95 percent mine was at 79. Rushed me to the ER and put me on Oxygen. Never thought I would be one of those people. The ones you stare at or see on Truth commercials. I looked up at the ceiling and said whoever is listening God Aliens ECT if you give me my oxygen back I will never smoke again. 4 months later I still walk by a smoker and want one. Gained 15 pounds from the oxygen and the steroids to breathe. They let me out with a green tank and said call this Oxygen company and get off of this mountain. We went to a hotel in San Diego where the company delivered a huge box with 50 feet of hose so I could walk around the room. I had a meter to test my levels. Every time I took it out of my nose it went down to 84 85 so I put it back in my nose. Thought that would be my life on oxygen forever. Guess what? Day 9 comes and I take the thing outta my nose wait 10 minutes and take my reading 95 percent!! Kept checking it every 10 minutes and waited 3 days just to be sure to tell them to come pick up their stuff. Went out one time with a green tank and everyone stared at me. Could not go out again. I prayed to God and not being religious someone was listening. This is your wake up call. Stop smoking. Yes it is hard it sucks and the smell still makes me want to buy a pack. Every day is easier but can't say I don't think about it. Good luck and if all else fails call the national quit line and get free patches. i won't post a photo but the hardest thing you'll ever do will save your life. I am still not out of the woods but thank my lucky stars that 4 months has gone by without a tank or a cigarette. YOU CAN DO THIS!! THINK OF THE WRINKLES YOU WON'T GET AND THE BREATH YOU WON'T HAVE TO CHEW GUM AND YOUR CLOTHES CAN BE WORN TWICE LOL. DO IT FOR YOURSELF. IF YOU HAVE LOVED ONES DO IT FOR THEM TOO!  I HOPE THIS HELPS.
Ashley Health EducatorJan 29, 2018 @ 1:09 PM
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Hi Joannecanquit,

Timbo gave you some great advice. I also recommend you talk to your doctor about Chantix. Chantix can help with many withdrawal symptoms but you need to be taking it for awhile before it works. Your doctor can also talk to you about Chantix side effects. Likely the headache and tiredness you are experiencing is from withdrawal

Let us know what you decide to do. 
Ashley, Health Educator

The SSC Support Team

Timbo637Jan 25, 2018 @ 9:41 AM
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Hi Joanncanquit, Headaches are a big part of the quit journey in the beginning. They do subside with time, and the time varies with each person.  It's part of the withdrawal process with your body. Your brain is used to having it's nicotine fix and now you've cut it off and it wants it back. You can't give in. There's no such thing as "just one". If keeping those five in your purse gives you more willpower to not smoke them leave them there, but if they are tempting you, you might be better off throwing them out. Two days of not smoking is a BIG deal. You should be proud of that! If you did it once you can do it again. Get right back on your quit journey and never look back! Stay strong. Not One Puff Ever 


JoanncanquitJan 24, 2018 @ 7:25 PM
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Joined: Jan 24, 2018 (7:12 PM)
I had to find out if I really wanted a cigarette. And I told myself I was stupid when I lit up and took 2 drags. Because I just got dizzy. But headache is gone. Been having a headache on and off since Chantix, which I only took 2 of. I am very sensitive to everything, every kind of medication for the brain. So as I have been battling a bout with the flu, I felt. for the last 4 days. and the fact the doctor has changed my thyroid medication. I have slept all the time, and wonder if I really dd have the flu. There is a thing as a touch of the flu right? Any way, I put out that cigarette, lit a incense for the smell and threw it away. Yes I know I  have 5 of them in my purse. But they are just there, for whatever reason I can come up with to have them there. I know and I know and I know I do not want them at all. Any feedback at all would be a God Send.