I’m on the patch right now. I’m on the 14 mg ones, down from the 21 mg. Or is it grams? Anyway. I half-hearted started my quit in mid-September, slapping on the patch. However, since then I’ve made the mistake of buying cigarettes twice. The good news is that my smoking was cut way, way, way down and some of the habits of smoking were stopped: smoking after every meal, in the car, on breaks at work, before bed, any time the dog went out, etc. The bad news is that buying those two packages of cigarettes only delayed the actual, real, I’m quitting time.
To be honest, I can’t remember my last cigarette. I think it was Monday morning, when I finally smoked the last of them–with some relief, believe it or not. By then, they tasted like crap–the pack had been left out in the rain in the back yard, where I’d been sneaking out for the occasional half-smoke.
Don’t do that. Once you’ve made the decision, don’t buy any more cigarettes.
The final straw for me was an appointment to assess me for dental surgery (that !@#$%^& broken tooth thanks to Pizza Hut). I had to answer if I was a smoker and how much on the new patient questionnaire, and the information/consent sheet I had to sign advised that results of surgery were basically not guaranteed in those with certain preconditions, compromised immune systems–and smokers.
I asked for a copy of the sheet for myself. I wanted to look at that again. This surgery will cost me over $1000 (I’ve used up all my insured coverage for this year) and it’s not even guaranteed to be successful, due to being a smoker.
So I decided to quit, right after that appointment. I put on the first patch that evening, as I had to drive back to the office after my appointment. I had patches at home already due to another half-hearted attempt a bit ago, when I had my wisdom teeth removed.
Huh, smoking and my teeth. Anyway.
tdn, you are not alone. I’m here, too. The patch is really helping deal with the cravings. They’re NOTHING like I had when I quit cold turkey a few years ago. (And like I said, NEVER, EVER buy another pack of cigarettes, or you WILL BE a smoker again. That’s what happened to me. Argh.)
Cravings: deep breaths, glass of water, hard candy, brush your teeth. Walk around the block, play your favourite song and sing along. Jump into the shower, clean out a drawer, promise yourself you can have a cigarette in 30 minutes. (But don’t have it!!!)
The cravings pass in 10 minutes or less, *whether you have that cigarette or not. *
Okay, I could write a bunch more here but I have to get dressed and slap my makeup on. Early a.m. meeting at the office, so I have to leave early.
I’ve got my patch on, and I’ve been so busy posting that I forgot to miss my post-breakfast cigarette.