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Reception and Waiting Room / Re: New stopper
« Last post by Skiddaw on May 27, 2019, 04:18:08 pm »
That's fantastic @bignige - over 2 months in!!  :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer:

And yes, as you say, you're now flying without the aid of a safety net so your body is adapting to being nicotine-free. It may be sticky today but tomorrow will probably be like yesterday- a walk in the park. What you'll find is that the 'walk in the park' days start to outnumber the sticky days as the weeks pass and it really will become easier and easier. My experience was that non-routine times (holidays, events such as weddings, etc) tended to be harder than routine days especially during the first six months. It's all a part of the pathways in your brain re-routing but you'll come through it in the end I promise.

Congratulations on signing off at the Smoking Cessation clinic too! You should be SO proud of what you have achieved.  ;D 007
Reception and Waiting Room / Re: New stopper
« Last post by bignige on May 27, 2019, 04:00:51 pm »
Hi all.

Still going! Today is feeling like a couple of previous Sundays - hard work!! Feeling nervy and narky!! Must be the lack of activity on a Sunday - not doing much so not busy.

Yesterday was a walk in the park - so the comments about good and bad days definitely apply to my situation.

I "signed off" at Smoking Cessation last Thursday and won't be attending again. I have the guy's phone number if needed.

I have an unopened pack of 7mg patches if I get really desperate.

The more I think about things - I am actually now "cold turkey" - and have been since I stopped using patches - which I assume explains why I am struggling. In terms of not having any nicotine entering my body it is in fact fairly early days?????

Hope that makes sense?

The Smoking Cessation chap also told me that my quit date was Saturday 23 March.

Games / Re: Song Title connection
« Last post by Indigo Warrior on May 25, 2019, 10:12:25 pm »
Memory (Barbara Streisland -
Games / Re: Song Title connection
« Last post by tea on May 25, 2019, 08:26:45 pm »
I'm in California dreaming about who we used to be (Adele)

Did I get that right?
Reception and Waiting Room / Re: New stopper
« Last post by Indigo Warrior on May 25, 2019, 05:05:42 pm »
@bignige, fab news that you are still being the nicotine warrior and fighting that beast. There will be days when you get to the end of the day and you may not have thought about it once but others where it seems to be almost constant. That is the nicotine gremlin trying to trick you.

I found frozen grapes were a good choice to suck or aniseed sweets but you will find something that works for you.

If you are continuing to feel tired etc, get the practice nurse/GP to double check that there isn't a health issue that is making this harder than it needs be e.g a viral/bacterial infection, low iron levels or thyriod problem.
Games / Song Title connection
« Last post by Indigo Warrior on May 25, 2019, 04:58:24 pm »
A bit of light relief this wet bank holiday week end. Think in song titles and famous song lyrics and follow and develop the conversation.


Hello (Lionel Richie)

Is there anybody out there? (Pink Floyd)
Reception and Waiting Room / Re: New stopper
« Last post by Nicky40 on May 24, 2019, 09:43:21 am »
I read about insomnia when stopping smoking and apparently a smokers sleep patterns aren't normal, so when you stop smoking your body is just trying to become how it is supposed to be which causes some temporary side effects.  They will go (well my disturbed sleep hasn't but that is menopause related more than quitting) and things will improve, noticeably in my experience.

Well done on trying to stop the NRT but it doesn't really matter how long you use the help available, all better than smoking.  007
Reception and Waiting Room / Re: New stopper
« Last post by Not Another Puff on May 23, 2019, 09:25:46 am »
@bignige irregular sleep patterns are a thing when giving up smoking I am afraid.

Physical exercise so you are tired can help a little bit. The added advantage of it is hard to crave a cigarette when you are blowing and sucking in trees during exercise.

Your quit sounds very positive, congratulations.
Reception and Waiting Room / Re: New stopper
« Last post by Skiddaw on May 23, 2019, 09:03:12 am »
Oooh that sounds SO positive @bignige !!  :foundbeer: :foundbeer: :foundbeer: I think you're over the hump now and that you may well find you start to naturally use the inhaler less and less without really noticing it. Your weekend fishing trip sounds lovely!  :)

Yes, deffo check your quit date. We have a Penthouse Arrival party to begin planning.  008
Reception and Waiting Room / Re: New stopper
« Last post by bignige on May 22, 2019, 07:05:50 pm »
Thanks Tea and Skiddaw. Not keen on liquorice or gum!

I have cut down today using the inhalator and will speak with the chap at Smoking Cessation tomorrow and see what he suggests ref getting rid of the inhalator.

He prescribed me the spray - but not used that at all for a couple of days now.

Today was a "good" or rather "better" day then yesterday. Keeping busy definitely helps - spent 4 hours driving then home and took dog for a walk, cooked tea and hey ho - day almost gone!

Since I am no longer on the patches (although I stopped wearing them whilst asleep after "the dreams" (lol)) I have also noticed I am having trouble getting off to sleep at night - mind seems to become more active as soon as I hit the pillow - and I am waking up earlier and feeling restless.

Hopefully the above will also pass.

Weekend treat? Hoping to go fishing with my father-in-law for the first time in over 12 months.

Treat will be buying a new stove to make our cuppas on!!

That leads me to the topic of money - I haven't been keeping count but must saved more than £1000 over the past 8 weeks or so!

Finally, I hope to remember to ask the smoking cessation chap the exact date I first went to see him - as I will then know my "quit date" which was 2 days after I first attended Smoking Cessation.

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