I seen "Spike: What are you into? I miss reading your stories!" in a different thread....
Yes. I have been a little quiet these days. Just looking back on life and "perking away" - like a fresh pot of coffee (sort of speaking).
On a different forum, I attended a Chat Night a few days ago. It was a rare event for me because I really don't like chat boards.
Anyway, we got to chatting with a person who has lung problems. Their lungs are in pain, they admitted they have barrel chest (surf 2nd bullet within: www.mayoclinic.com/health/barrel-chest/AN00359 ) and they were asking what might be causing their lung pain. After a few emails back and forth, we got a little "ya - I need to quit smoking too" response. This really surprised me. A person who has lung pain, a person who has visable signs of COPD (re: barrel chest), a person who has SOB and they are still smoking. This was a giant surprise to me.
After our chat session, I went to bed. Still thinking about that person and why they won't stop smoking. If wondering, I started to get chest (lung pain) last fall, I started to wheeze at night and did stop smoking. After 3 tries in 1.5 months, I stopped "cold turkey" on Decd 2nd, 2006. Stopped before I got barrel chest or it sucked me 6 ft under (if you know what I mean) as well. But why can't this person stop smoking? Especially this person, who is 11 years younger then me. I don't get it. That night around 3:00 AM, my wife said I sat directly up in bed, yelled out with "unbelievable!!", then laid back down and went back to sleep. I don't remember doing this action but it was obvious, this person's ability NOT to stop smoking really bothered me. Still bothers me today.... Today, I still feel sorry for this person.
For those of you who stopped smoking (like me), way to GO!!!!. For those of you who still smoke and have signs of COPD or other lung damage, please stop smoking. Just go "cold turkey" like I did. As seen above, your action of smoking with lung damage bothers others as well. Not because of the smell or the cost but because "we care about you too". Something to think about...
BTW: 75% of my lung pain is gone, I feel much better, I have saved hundreds of dollars and my kids no longer pull away when I give them hugs. And, I'm hoping my "butting out" will allow me to live 25+ years longer. For me, butting out was worth it. If you haven't already, I'm hoping you can "butt out" as well. It's well worth it.
Post by morningstar on Apr 20, 2007 15:25:08 GMT -5
Let me add my two cents to your post. I went cold turkey too. Because I am just not the type to just cut back, cut down and then finally quit. If I am going to stop that is what I have to do.
Now to any of you that is still smoking. You say I smoke so much I just can't I smoked all my life it won't work for me I kill somebody if I quit smoking. So if killing someone is what you are worried about your killing yourself and the others around you every puff you take.
Throw them down fight the battle. You can win the War. Hard yes the hardest thing I ever did. Do I still want them. Yes, when I get angry, upset or bored. But, on a daily base no I don't. I breathe better. I taste the food I eat now. And I don't stink anymore. Give us here a chance to help you. I bet Spike and everyone else here who has quit remembers there last time. They also remember wanting them sense. But you know what All of us want to live worse. We are here to help you. And you are in my prayers all smokers are.
The one thing that shocked me was - after I had quit smoking for a few months was the first time I actually smelled someone that had just had a cigarette. I was shocked to think that I had smelled like that. I can't even imagine what people who came to my home must have thought. It must have smelled too. Hindsight is 20-20