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Not smoking is driving me crazy but I want a healthy recovery...

  • MyTime
  • Southern California
  • 3 years ago

I'm closer to my surgery date...I'm so exited to a healthier, fit me...I want so bad not to smoke but it is so hard...anybody go through this...I tell myself that I am now a nonsmoker but I don't want to mess this up but gosh this surgery is more stressful than I thought it would be...someone please tell me I'm not the only one that freaking out like this. I know I'm going to love my results and looking forward to a life changing event! But then sometimes I fall into this stage when I wonder...but I want this so bad...I got to stay positive!!! I'm climbing up walls!!

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Yaaaaay I've always wanted to be smokefree too I have tried alot of times and actually got sick when I didn't smoke but I guess with all the pain meds I didn't really feel it, I'm sticking to it too!! Congrats on 10 weeks wow thats awesome!!!! =)
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My time, congrats on the quitting!!! I'm smoke free for almost 10 weeks and I can't even begin to explain how hard it has been but I'm so glad I did it!!
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I'm doing the damn thang!!! I have been somoke free for 16 days!! The best thing is I do not even want one, since I wasn't allowed to drink coffee that kind of helped. I just wanted to share that with you ladies if anyone is struggling and think it cant be done....it can! =)
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As hard as it is please remember that even beyond the way it slows your healing process it greatly increases your chances of blood clots and you can't die for a cigarette when you are headed in such a wonderful direction. Stay strong and if you smoked menthol try cherry mentholated cough drops for a while for your fix.
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Resist the urge at all cost!!   This is the hardest thing I ever did years ago.  OMG I was a crazy woman for like two weeks.  My hubby even hid the Chicago Cutlery...LOL  Poor man but it was probably a good idea. 

You will be happy in the end because you will heal much safer and faster.  I am not going to lecture you but just say GOOD JOB on stopping and keep up the good work.  It is not easy and makes you nuts..

I chewed gum, ate crunchy raw vegetables, put together about 100 small piece puzzles and drank lots of ice water with lemon the first three weeks.  I had to keep myself busy at all times.  Do what ever it takes and you will be glad.  You are going to feel better, smell better, be healthy and have a nice flat tummy. 
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Actually it was harder pre op now It crosses my mind every now and then, but noooo, especially now but I don't think I ever want to smoke again...I know what you mean I used to turn into a mad women I'm just glad I've gotten this far smokefree! I'm going to try the puzzles...thanks!
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Oh my i know what you mean. I cut down a lot before the surgery but did not manage to quit.
Only after the surgery did I have the strength to quit. So I have not touched a smoke for 15 days now, the fear of skin necrosis keeps me going.When I get the urge to smoke i sip on a glass of water through a straw and it seems to help me...
Good luck and hang in there....I am not planning on smoking again as much as I want to.....
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same here don't want the lifestyle anymore..I'm going to try the water sipping...Congrats on the nonsmoking, thats alot of courage and strength. Health and beauty is more important =)
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I quit smoking 3 weeks before my surgery! I think the complications gave me the strength to follow through. I am now 4 days post op and sometimes struggle with the urge to smoke but trying to stay healthy. Good luck you can do it. I smoked at least a pack a day if not more for 25 yrs.
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I smoke. I quit for 2 weeks before my surgery and 2 weeks after. Wish I hadn't started back but it is what it is. Stop smoking before your surgery. It's extremely dangerous and can adversely affect your healing. Your scar can potentially not heal and you can develop sever infections and necrosis. It's hard to quit, I haven't mastered it, but I'm telling you, don't smoke for the amount of time before and after surgery that your ps recommends.
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Thanks Linda! I know it constricts your veins and stops oxygen from going thru to heal...I've been going crazy but I'm not going to, 2moro my big day yaaaaay!
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The day I scheduled my surgery I chain smoked A half a pack of cigarettes and then decided i wanted a flat stomach more than I wanted to smoke that was 8 weeks ago now I'm 6 weeks post op yesterday and I did smoke a cigarette and a half last Tuesday when I was out with some friends and seriously got violently nauseas from it and puked my fool head off!!! I decided then that I will never smoke again!! Just hang in there, it's a rough road but you just have to keep telling yourself your quitting for a great cause then after your recovered you have to keep thinking you came to far to throw it all away and become a smoker again.
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Yeah that makes sense...I quit for about a year in the past...then my bday came and a drink to a cigarette, and thats usually the way it goes! I've cut down, I'm not too bad but zero is my goal, I'm doing it but sometimes it gets tough! But like you I rather have a fit healthy body than the dumb cigarette and thats my motivator!
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I quit almost 3 years ago and I tell you it is one of the best things that I had done for myself. Now I can't stand the smell of them, they are so gross to me anymore, I don't know how I was able to smoke for 12 years. Stay positive and if you want it bad enough then you'll be able to do it!
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I am longing for that lifestyle...totally smoke free forever! I'm not a heavy smoker or nothing but I've gave it up...I read that if you keep acknowledging that you are now a nonsmoker instead of I'm quitting that it does wonders...So I am a nonsmoker =)
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Sorry to be a buzzkill but even nicotine gum, patches, electronic ciggs..even second hand smoke is nicotine that you cannot have!! Don't sub smoking for nicotine replacement of any kind!! I'm an ex smoker also but quit way before my TT but don't risk complications for a cigarette!

You can do it...and just think of how much not smoking will save you! You can buy new clothes instead :)
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I'm there, sister! I think I'm a little better off than you because I'm only a "social smoker" but I know the next time I get the urge it's going to KILL me. I usually smoke only when I drink, (about 2-3 times a month) but when I want it, I WANT IT!!! I'm pretty much just staying away from the booze and then I won't go crazy. I don't need the extra calories, anyway. Plus, my belly issue is probably due in big part to my beer-drinking anyway :( Soooooo, I don't have any advice except nicotine pills, etc. but I know there are two things getting me through...
1) A good body is worth way more than ALL the nicotine fits I could ever have.
And
2) All the money I'm saving from smokes I'm going to use on freaking bikini's and tight-fitting shirts!!!!

Hope this helps :)
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Thats what I keep thinking...I don't want nothing to go wrong...this is my chance to have that tummy I've worked so hard for but never got results...now I will! Can't F that up lol Yeah Tight shirts yaaaay I can't wait!
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Hang in there and resist temptation! Easier said than done, I know. Keep your eyes on the prize and remember that you don't need those cigarettes. As the experts say, you need to replace a bad habit with a good habit to get over your cravings, so maybe take a walk or eat a carrot when you feel the urge to smoke?

Good luck, you're almost there!

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I've been jumping on the liptical everytime I feel like smoking...the carrot sticks work great as well!
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