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Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!

GUEST,Mcknees 28 Aug 02 - 11:54 PM
leprechaun 28 Aug 02 - 11:28 PM
mack/misophist 28 Aug 02 - 09:54 PM
Brakn 28 Aug 02 - 07:28 PM
Clifton53 28 Aug 02 - 06:52 PM
EBarnacle1 27 Aug 02 - 04:43 PM
Jande 27 Aug 02 - 12:57 PM
Jeri 27 Aug 02 - 11:26 AM
Rick Fielding 27 Aug 02 - 10:29 AM
Catherine Jayne 27 Aug 02 - 09:15 AM
Jeri 27 Aug 02 - 08:37 AM
Mudlark 27 Aug 02 - 04:32 AM
Chris Newman 27 Aug 02 - 12:35 AM
Clifton53 26 Aug 02 - 08:24 PM
Fortunato 26 Aug 02 - 01:34 PM
MMario 26 Aug 02 - 01:31 PM
Glen Reid 26 Aug 02 - 01:19 PM
GUEST,Refresh 26 Aug 02 - 12:57 PM
GUEST,Nobody you know 23 Aug 02 - 07:37 PM
Mark Clark 23 Aug 02 - 04:28 PM
katlaughing 23 Aug 02 - 03:40 PM
dwditty 23 Aug 02 - 11:03 AM
Rick Fielding 23 Aug 02 - 10:50 AM
Steve in Idaho 23 Aug 02 - 09:59 AM
bbc 23 Aug 02 - 09:12 AM
MsMoon 23 Aug 02 - 08:57 AM
MsMoon 23 Aug 02 - 08:55 AM
GUEST 23 Aug 02 - 08:50 AM
Dani 23 Aug 02 - 07:54 AM
GUEST,rob 23 Aug 02 - 07:27 AM
GUEST,rob 23 Aug 02 - 07:19 AM
Roger the Skiffler 23 Aug 02 - 07:10 AM
Banjo-Flower 23 Aug 02 - 06:59 AM
Ebbie 22 Aug 02 - 11:43 PM
Rick Fielding 22 Aug 02 - 10:38 PM
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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: GUEST,Mcknees
Date: 28 Aug 02 - 11:54 PM

I am so proud of you for being a survivor. You can do anything you set out to do. 12 years down the line and I still don't dare take one or I would be back to 60 a day. Fear of defeat keeps me on the straight and narrow. Your fighting spirit will keep you on your path. Hear you are back to full volume!


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: leprechaun
Date: 28 Aug 02 - 11:28 PM

It's just not fair. I quit smoking in 1967 and I still can't sing worth crap.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: mack/misophist
Date: 28 Aug 02 - 09:54 PM

If any one here is having a hard time working to the resolve to quit, have yourself tested for emphysema. It worked for me. I used Zyban too, but I don't think it helped at all. There was no perceptable change when it ran out. If it does work for you, my doctor says 60-90 day regimins are common.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Brakn
Date: 28 Aug 02 - 07:28 PM

I am not going to read this thread! Too long.

I gave up two years ago when my my wife told me she was pregnant. I thought I'd never see my child grow up if I carried on. I had tried a thousand times to do it but never succeeded. I got Zyban and I did it. It's the hardest thing to do. You lose a friend. I'm so glad I did it!!


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Clifton53
Date: 28 Aug 02 - 06:52 PM

Thw weight gain factor scared me as well, since I'm no gymnast to start with, however, after all these years of smoking, with numerous failed attempts at quitting, I'm willing to worry about the weight later.

The only worry I'm having now is what happens when the Zyban is done with. As of now it is doing a great job with the cravings, and it did an even better job in the first few days of quitting, which were by far the toughest, but the program calls for two months on the stuff and then you must come off of it. I suppose that will be another challenge.

I find it very enlightening that most people can recite the years, months etc since they've quit, right down to the minute they stopped. How powerful a habit it is.

Hang tough everybody!!

Clifton ( 17 days 6hours and 45 minutes)


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 27 Aug 02 - 04:43 PM

Some of the comments on this thread demand a response. I applaud the effort to quit and stay off. I stopped 20 years, 4 months and 8 days ago. In that time, my voice improved, I lost several friends to various combinations of cancer and emphysema, my voice improved and I have gained weight. A lot of it. And lost the weight several times.

The doctor who said that the weight is not as bad for you as the tobacco stopped before he got to the important part. Try out arthritic joints, try a fatty liver [very similar in its effects to cirrhosis]. Unfortunately, you can't do just one thing. Once you have the first step on its way, you have to go for the next one. Lose the weight. It does not get any easier. I know, but I have to do it. By the way, as the weight comes down, you will also have more lung capacity, according to my doctor.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Jande
Date: 27 Aug 02 - 12:57 PM

I've been moved to both laughter and tears by this thread!

I tried to quit smoking for 9 years before I actually got *determined* to be a NonSmoker. I had quit for a year, once, then got hooked back by "lighting one up for a friend", then smoked for another year before I got tired of the "hacking", being unable to sing a note, and generally feeling very ill most of the time. (I found out many years later that I was ill all the time due to allergies --one of which was, yep, Smoke!)

But this time I knew I needed to have *something* in my mouth and hands most of the time and since I felt it would be degrading to be sucking on a pacifyer in public, and waaay too fattening to be sucking on food items, I bought myself a large $10 bamboo flute and went outdoors to a nearby park to try and teach myself how to play it.

That was great! At first it gave me the same slightly dizzy feeling I used to get from "bacca", but that passed within a week. It strengthened my lungs, gave me a voice while I was waiting for mine to heal, and satisfied my cravings. It forced me to *breathe*. And like someone said above it made exercising so much easier.

When that old thing broke, it was like losing an old friend. I've been looking for a replacement ever since, but I never smoked again. I'm not even sure how long it's been --16 or 17 years? I have no interest at all in smoking. Recently, at a little drum shop in Ithaca NY I found my new flute. It's a 6-hole solid maple Spirit Flute, but right now I keep the third hole covered so I can have a C-minor flute. My partner bought it for me because I played it in the store and I loved it and he loved the music I was making with it!

Thank you for the wonderful and inspiring "I Quit!" and "I'm Quitting!" stories! and congratulations to all, especially to Rick and to Jeri!

And the best of luck to those who are still struggling to BE NON-smokers!

~ Jande


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Aug 02 - 11:26 AM

Rick, I'm gonna have to give you credit for something else. Not just for your shining example, not for your guitar advice but the fact that whenever I want to fidget, I grab the guitar. I have improved SO much since last Thu I can't believe it. (Of course no one else would notice it, but I do.) I still have way too much fidget time - I actually cleaned the shower and toilet yesterday. I may go on a quest for the Holy Gra perfect thumbpick today - or buy some stuff and see if I can invent it.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 27 Aug 02 - 10:29 AM

I look at this thread title and I simply can't believe that I'm the guy who started it. Many of the finest folks in my life (I won't embarass them by naming them, but there's a few Mudcatters) I met while taking 'smoke breaks' off to the side of a stage somewhere at a gig or Festival.

But yesterday......I walked three miles up some VERY serious hills without a lot of puffing. A year ago, I simply could not have walked three hundred yards without really feeling it.

In the morning I went to my Producer's (Mudcatter Paul Mills) house, to begin work on finishing a new album that I started two years ago (!!). We listened to a couple of existing vocal tracks, and it was obvious to me that I was "covering" on certain notes because I was running out of breath. I had never felt that smoking had affected my singing ('cause I wasn't someone who coughed, or cleared their throat) but I was wrong...it very much affected my lung capacity.

I still get the odd feeling that I "Should" grab for a fag, but it's not the fearsome craving that I dreaded....for me, a lot of this was strictly behavioral...Play guitar=smoke cig. Drink coffee=smoke cig. Read book=smoke cig.

Hang tough you folks, Cat and Clifton....and Jeri...I'm bloody proud of ya! (especially for admitting it publicly....that must have been tough)!

Rick


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 27 Aug 02 - 09:15 AM

I've just about reached 2 1/2 months without a cigarette and I have just spent 4 days at Towersey folk Festival and not one!!!!! It was difficult at first but by the 2nd day I was fine!!!!

Cat


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Aug 02 - 08:37 AM

Chris & Clifton, Zyban can be good stuff. You don't realise it's doing anything, but the cravings seem to be nothing more than "Where'd I put my c...oh yeah - I quit. Now what tune do I wanna play after 'Dark as a Dungeon?'" (I said it before, I'll say it again - it makes a great waltz.)

The weight gain thing - I think almost everybody goes through it. Food tastes and smells better - appetite wakes up. Smoking ALSO affects the metabolism so a smoker's body doesn't use food as well as a non smoker. The good thing is that it's easier to excercise.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Mudlark
Date: 27 Aug 02 - 04:32 AM

Congratulations, Rick, Jeri, and all the other ex's that have shown up in this thread. I quit about 30 years ago after my husband had a heart attack...I didn't want to be the one to undermine his resolve!

And every time I see this thread title a bottom heavy blues beat starts playing in my head...

Sixty five days, without a cig a rette Sixty five days, and I haven't had one yet I'm on a roll...cold turkey, that's the best And I'm shoutin hallelujah Cause I'll never smoke another one, I bet


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Chris Newman
Date: 27 Aug 02 - 12:35 AM

I'm on 22 months now, also thanks to Zyban. After a lifetime of puffing away, nobody is more surprised than me! Loads of money saved though some weight put on. My GP told me it was a lot less harmful to lug the extra weight around...

Well done anyway!


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Clifton53
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 08:24 PM

Been 15 days, 8 hours and 9 minutes for me,thanks to Zyban and the disgust I feel after smoking for the better part of 30 years. Also a few nasty battles with bronchitis over the past 3 years.

The only advice I have is do not give in, don't have a smoke as a reward for not smoking. The mind must be contained, or it will talk you into anything, fortunately, you can also use your mind to talk you out of it. Good luck to all who try to quit.

Clifton


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Fortunato
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 01:34 PM

Rick, if you're stopping in here, I wanted to add that the desire for a butt does go away. It gets replaced with an strong aversion to smoky places, disgust for full ashtrays, and a tendancy to avoid people who have just smoked -- they just smell badly. I've wondered how my non-smoking friends ever stood my stench. Keep up the good work; I'm down here pulling for you. Two close friends of mine have gone back on the butts and it's sad and frightening. best regards, Chance


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: MMario
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 01:31 PM

*sigh* one more thing about the two of you I have to be jealous of....


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Glen Reid
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 01:19 PM

I smoked for the best part of 20 years and the cigarette I enjoyed the most,was the first one of the morning( as soon as my feet hit the ground and sometimes before). The last and hopefully final time I quit, I knew I had it licked, was when I had been up and active for a couple of hours, before I even thought of a smoke( about 3 weeks into it).

Its been 14 years now and the one big difference in my life besides losing the "HACK" has been all the extra money I would have in my pocket at the end of the week. Ocassionally I would treat myself to matetial things, like maybe a new guitar or somesuch.

Hang in there, you wont be sorry. All the best, Glen


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: GUEST,Refresh
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 12:57 PM


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: GUEST,Nobody you know
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 07:37 PM

This just popped into my head:

To the tune of 16 TONS

I've gone 65 days without a cigarette

My body wants one but I haven't lit it yet

Oh, Peter can you help me cause I gotta pay Paul

And they don't allow no smokin' down in the pool hall

I've gone 65 days without a cigarette

Although I get the spam where they sell it on the net

Can't smoke at work, at home or at school

To smoke is stupid, but it used to be cool.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Mark Clark
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 04:28 PM

Kat, I tried it at about that age too and had the same reaction. But I figured it was sooo cooool and everyone who was cool was doing it so eventually I overcame my body's natural aversion. Shoulda listened to my body back then the way you did.

Gerry, You're not preaching. If there was more time left before the opening, I'd do as you suggest. I'm certain your solution is the correct one. I'm a strong willed person though and I don't see myself becoming a smoker at this point in my life just because of a play.

Thanks for the advice,

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 03:40 PM

Couldn't have happened to two nicer people! Congratulations, Rick and Jeri and THANKS for taking care of yourselves. We do love you and want you around for a long time!

I tried it the summer I was 13. Couldn't figure out why everyone liked it so much, so I just stopped. I've always been grateful for that. Now, if my son and daughter and husband would do the same...

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: dwditty
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 11:03 AM

Rick, this thread is days old. I am sure the only thing that has changed is the number of days. WTG.

dw - ex-smoker, and glad of it.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 10:50 AM

Hmmmmmmm.....No chance of forgetting that I'm a drug addict. Ya see, I was never what might be called a "proud smoker". When the laws started to change, forcing me to go outdoors to smoke, or to tough it out on long plane trips, or to be part of little groups huddled on the periphery of whatever....I never once thought "This is unfair, dammit I know my rights, Nobody's gonna tell me what to do etc...." Surprising I guess, since my views on the ambitious morons who make our laws are well known here.

Nope, it was dumb to start, it was dumber to allow myself to become addicted, and then the dumbness was replaced by weakness. End of story.

I've also noticed that my penchant for jokes and witty rejoiners is missing from this thread. Guess I CAN take some things seriously. (but Roger the S. can handle them for a while!)

How's it goin' Jeri? You can phone anytime you like, if you get that ol' nicotine itch!

Cheers

Rick


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Steve in Idaho
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 09:59 AM

Congrats Rick - I'm in the process of quitting myself - went nearly a year without one and then slipped for a couple of weeks - now back on track. The thing I noticed was my voice changed radically. I'm relearning my music in the key of "B"? Geez and I was always a "G" guy. But what the hey - I don't hack my lungs up on long no breath passages!!

All the best to you

Steve


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: bbc
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 09:12 AM

Great news, Rick & Jeri!!! Draw on whatever support we can give. I watched my granddad die of lung cancer. My best friend's husband died of the same & she has still not quit (even though she's cut down to 4-5 a day, since she was diagnosed w/ emphysema!!!). I know, from their experiences, that it's rough, but it sure seems worthwhile! We'd like to have the 2 of you around & healthy for a good long time. Keep up the good work!

love,

Barbara & Duane


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: MsMoon
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 08:57 AM

Aw, Poop, my links don't work. Here you go: WHY QUIT? www.whyquit.com LUNG USA: www.lungusa.org


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: MsMoon
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 08:55 AM

Hey, congratulations Rick and everyone right there with you proving that winners DO quit. I'm actually just a few days behind you - I quit on June 30th and am damn proud of it. I have a couple of excellent resources for you and anyopne else who's still smoking or just quit.

I used this online class from American Lung Association to quit...has a message board just like this with some great folks on it, and a lot of information and plans to prepare you for those moments when the thought occurs to you...and I know they still do, that will take longer. Just go to LungUSA and look for "Freedom From Smoking". It's designed for people to start using it before they quit, but don't let that put you off...it's worth going even just for the boards.

Then there's Why Quit? , which is a compendium of articles and information that are incredibly interesting and just FULL of facts about why people smoke, why they relapse, how to learn to live w/o nicotine, and so on.

In other words, you don't have to just grit your teeth and endure. If it weren't for these two resources, I don't think I would have been successful this time. It's been 15 years for me, but I'll never go back.

Good luck!


Links fixed. You have to use "http://" for off-Mudcat links. --JoeClone


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 08:50 AM

With a few exceptions, anyone can do anything, if the desire is strong enough.

You said you were glad no one had flamed you yet for the personal nature of your thread. Although it may be interpreted as such, and at the risk of being perceived as boldly presumptuous, please consider these cautionary words: don't let your head get in the way of your progress. Beating the physical addiction is a walk in the park compared to the psychological battles you may encounter. When the little voice says, "Hey, it's been X number of days/years/decades since I've had a smoke, one now can't hurt," don't listen to it.

As hard as it is for ex-smokers to sometimes accept, we are drug addicts. Humbly incorporate that image into your persona. It's part of what you are, like it or not. It's not a sign of weakness that you became addicted; it's a sign of strength that you can quit.

But that doesn't mean you have control over your addiction. You can win all the battles, but the enemy is not defeated, and never will be. Until the day you die, that addiction will always be with you, and it is relentless. Occasionally, it will make a stand against you, attacking you with hubris and self-deception throughout the rest of your life, and you will have to fight the psychological demons all over again, and win.

From personal experience, the passage of time happily weakens the campaigns they're able to mount against you, but perhaps that is just part of the strategy to deceive you into thinking you're Superman. Addicts have to be candid with themselves, and they'll tell you and themselves that keeping the demons suppressed isn't child's play. It takes never-ending perserverance. Then again, most things worth doing take perserverance. Never let your guard down. And congratulations.

Signed,

Eleven years and counting - still taking it one day at a time, but they are really good days.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Dani
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 07:54 AM

Oh, yes. You'll be amazed at the way food and drink can taste and smell. I've learned to cook since quitting, though I still have a tendency to overseason, since it was hard to get flavors through to my tongue.

And what was that after-dinner cigarette all about?! To stretch out the memory of good flavors? YUCK!

There are still times that a cigarette is SO appealing. But it'll never be worth it again, once you know how it feels to be healthy.

I have several strong, healthy beautiful young adults working for me, and when they go outside our restaurant to smoke, I just want to slap them. And then I know what they mean by OLDER and WISER. Glad they come together~

Dani


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: GUEST,rob
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 07:27 AM

jeri and rick take a walk in the FRESH AIR in the country breath deeply and smell success, flowers , new cut grass, water in the streams, great things like that will help you sustain your effort and get to 65 days and beyond.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: GUEST,rob
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 07:19 AM

go for it .Hope that the total is now even bigger. Can you taste food and beer now. best of luck.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 07:10 AM

Proud of you Rick, I hereby award you the Order of the Licorice Kazoo (third class), just send six hundred dollars for post, packing and insurance to Count Jim (knees) Moriarty at the usual address.
RtS


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 23 Aug 02 - 06:59 AM

Congratulations Rick you've past the hardest part

Mark Clark tell me to mind my own business if you like but is this part in a play worth throwing away 30 years of non smoking i had to make a similar choice after 1 year of non smoking now another 16 years of not smoking i'm still pleased i stuck to my guns and refused this part (why could n't it go to one of smokers in your group and if you don't have any smokers is the play worth doing ? sorry to sound as though i'm preaching

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Ebbie
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 11:43 PM

And you know what, Rick? That glow - that pleased feeling, that inner grin- doesn't go away.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 10:38 PM

Jeri's right about me being 'detoxed while in the hospital'. Heather says they had me on morphine for two days. Hmmmmm, I guess that made it much easier. Hang in there Jeri......dangit I've been happier since I quit!

Thanks SO much for the good feedback Mudcat friends. The words are much appreciated.

Rick


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Melani
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 06:36 PM

Congratulations, Rick! My dad might still be alive if he'd done what you have. Go for it!


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 06:21 PM

^5's Rick!

Way to go!

,-)


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Don Firth
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 05:55 PM

Whenever I tried to quit (before my successful effort described above), it was generally on the third day that I caved. That's the one you really need to watch. Once you get past that, it gradually eases off.

I once read a book on quitting smoking by a fellow who worked with hard-drug addicts--like heroin. He said that it generally takes about three weeks for the craving to die away completely. Once you reach the twenty-first day (with either heroin or nicotine), you are genuinely off the stuff. And if someone goes back to it then, they can't blame it on the physical addiction.

Watch that third day like a hawk. After that, it just fades away. . . .

It isn't a matter of luck, it's a matter of who or what is going to rule your life--you or RJR. Hang in there! In the future (and it's nice to have a future!), if you remember it at all, you'll look back on it as one of the best decisions you've ever made.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: GUEST,Caz
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 05:48 PM

Well done Rick, I quit 15 years ago on my wedding day. The fact that Michael, right up to us being married, had no idea helped! It's a long story so I won't go into it but it's one of the best things I ever did, that and marrying him of course! I finally came clean on our 5th wedding anniversary and told him the truth. We are still happily married and I've not touched one since! Keep going, after all those years you deserve a medal!

Carole


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: nutty
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 05:37 PM

congratulations Rick .... just caught up with this thread so forgive the delay in sending. I gave up 18months ago and although it has been hard at times I've just spent a week with friends who smoke and found it very easy. My voice has really improved (better breathing, more power)so I'm sure yours will have done. I look forward to hrearing you on your trip to the UK.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 05:23 PM

17.5 hours. Thanks all. I've been saying "Well, no - I don't do that anymore" to myself all day.

Rick, you got 'detoxed' in the hospital. Supposedly, after about 48 hours the nicotine is out of the body. Low/diminshing levels of nicotine are what trigger the cravings. No nicotine, and what you have is the memory of a craving. That's how I understand it, although I could be full of crap. Maybe someone who knows about addiction could jump in.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Firecat
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 04:39 PM

Congratulations! Keep going. I've not started and I don't intend to! Dad does though, and I'd love it if he gave up, but I doubt that's going to happen.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Memphis Mud
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 02:47 PM

Congratulations. I quit 13 years ago after trying to for 15 years. It is chemical addiction, no doubt. You've purged the chemicals now just stick it out. Soon enough, you won't even think about it.

There is a surprize waiting at the top of the stairs. Walk up them and give yourself a big pat on the back.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: GUEST,toribw who should be working
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 02:02 PM

Congratulations Rick! That's an accomplishment to be proud of.

Jeri, your post describing your experience was amazing. I was just explaining to a co-worker why it's so hard to quit, and I could have been quoting your post.

*climbing back on the wagon*


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Don Firth
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 01:56 PM

Way to go!!

I started smoking when I was in high school and soon was smoking a couple packs a day (this was when cigarettes cost about two-bits a pack). Smoked like a chimney for about thirty years, despite a couple of really bad bouts with laryngitis, one of which required that I not utter a sound for six weeks while my vocal cords healed. I'd had lots of singing lessons by then, so my vocal technique was fine—the problem was the constant irritation of cigarette smoke. This six-week hiatus and subsequent rebuilding of my singing voice (another four to six weeks) cost me a regular three night a week gig at a coffeehouse where the pay was good, and I had to cancel my guitar students until I could talk again. No income!! And this was in the early Sixties, when I was really in demand! A few weeks later, I was back to smoking again. I believe that is the definition of Really Stupid!

I finally quit on my birthday, June 19th, 1978. I was working at a job where I could only smoke on breaks, I had recently married a woman who didn't smoke, all of my friends were quitting successfully, and I was getting tired of spending fifteen minutes every morning sitting on the edge of the bed trying to cough up my lungs. On a pleasant Sunday afternoon sitting on John Dwyer's deck overlooking Puget Sound, it occurred to me that the following day was my forty-seventh birthday. This would be an auspicious time to quit. So I smoked my last three cigarettes, gave my Bic lighter to a woman there who smoked, and spent an enjoyable evening eating spare ribs and potato salad and swapping songs with friends. The following day was the first day in years when I didn't smoke. And I haven't smoked since. I believe that is the definition of finally growing a functioning brain cell.

If you are a singer—and a smoker—ask yourself this question:— If I played the clarinet, would it make sense to blow hot smoke through my instrument several dozen times a day? (And a clarinet could take it a whole lot better than your larynx can!) A few weeks after I quit, my singing voice grew a couple of notes, and it developed a clarity that it hadn't had before.

Congratulations, Rick! You've got it beat. And hang in there, Jeri. You'll never regret it!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Alice
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 01:56 PM

I recall a story someone told me about quitting smoking and eventually being able to smell old smoke on clothes... something he had not been aware of while smoking. His mother in law had sewn a bathrobe for him for Christmas, smoking all the while she was sewing, and when he opened the gift Christmas morning the stink of it was overwhelming. It was at that moment he suddenly became aware of how bad he smelled during all those years of smoking. It was one of the things that kept him from starting again. Great job, Rick. Glad you are healthier and have the extra $ to spend on instruments!


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Mark Clark
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 01:43 PM

Rick, This is wonderful news. Congratulations!

I quit more than thirty years ago—after fifteen years as a heavy smoker—not for any noble reasons but because I finally figured out I wasn't going to survive much longer with the chronic bronchitis I'd been trying to live with. Made a big difference in my life and my health.

Oddly, I am now faced with having to learn to smoke again. A local theater company is doing Wendy Wassersteins “An American Daughter” and I have the role of Walter Abrahmson. Walter is a chain smoker and that business can't easily be scrubbed from the play so I'm now carrying a cigarette around and fiddling with it trying to make it feel natural again. I haven't actually smoked one—no real desire to do so—but I'll have to smoke some before opening night just to keep from caughing or becoming dizzy during a performance.

I sure hope this doesn't become a problem.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Dani
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 01:42 PM

Go Jeri, go Jeri, go Jeri.....

Dani


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Steve-o
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 01:23 PM

Rick, I don't know, maybe it does help to talk about it. I'm about to hit six months, and I smoked 'em for practically 40 years. My major problem (and the reason I'm not really saving all that money) is that I'm eating more and putting on weight. And I've been a skinny kid all of my life! This part of the deal might be harder than giving up the smokes! No matter what somebody said earlier, munching on salads don't cut it...gets tiresome really fast. I now eat breakfast every day, and I never did at all....coffee only, until lunch. It's a big problem. I like not being winded when walking, I like singing in G occasionally, and I really LOVE not coughing (which is basically why I quit in the first place), but...I miss smoking a whole lot. I like going outside to the patio for a break, I like being away from the crowd, I like being different from most of the people at a gathering, I like the camaraderie of other smokers ("defiantly different" types), and I honestly don't trust people who claim to have no bad habits (I think they're hiding something that's probably worse than smoking). And I'm pissed at the fact that I've gotten old enough that I actually have to pay attention to things like whether I smoke, or if I eat too much. There...I got it all off my chest. Somehow, I don't have a problem abstaining- simply because I have said I QUIT, and that means I QUIT. I mostly need to get a handle on the eating cross-addiction, and I need to not be so angry at myself because I'm now one of THEM (non-smokers....many of whom are self-righteous and obnoxious about it). And I can no longer squeeze the filter flat and stick it between the fifth string and the peghead of the D-28, which is perfect when you're playing the blues. OK, I feel somewhat better, I guess.


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Subject: RE: Sixty Five Days Without a Cigarette!
From: Jeri
Date: 22 Aug 02 - 12:55 PM

Looking forward to my 65th day - November 4th. I'll complete it on Nov 5th. Ironically, the day I first quit was Nov 5th, '87.

Peter, thanks. I watched my father keep smoking with emphesema. Didn't even keep me from starting. I wasn't going to ever get addicted. I also seem to remember I was bulletproof at the time. Good thing no one shot at me.

Rick, thank YOU! I didn't even say congratulations on your 65th day. Next time I see you, we'll have to take a nice long walk to nowhere in particular.


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