Don’t Call It A Comeback 10 comments

Posted by grampa in health (Wednesday January 30, 2008 at 12:27 pm)

Yeah, so I haven’t had a shred of nicotine for 48 hours.

And everyone is still alive. 

I don’t even miss it, really.  I’m on that new medication Chantix, you take if for two weeks, then you stop smoking.  Well, for me, by like the fourth day I had already cut my consumption in half.  By the end of the two weeks, it was like I had to remind myself to smoke – like after a big meal or a heavy workout – times I’d usually be dying for a cigarette. 

Then I got real sick at the end of last week and it was just too much effort to haul my ass off the couch to go outside and smoke.   I had one or two each day and I thought that I was out Sunday night.  I found three cigarettes Monday morning and smoked all three of them on the way to work and that was that. 

I don’t really feel any withdrawals or anything.

Even being stuck in traffic this morning, I wasn’t swearing at anyone.  It’s pretty fuck’n amazing.

Bad side, it costs about $120 a month and isn’t covered by health insurance.  Good side, you only need to take it from three to six months.  Considering the costs of smoking these days, cheap by comparisson.

And, after beating that whole liver disease thing, it would really suck to die from something like smoking cigarettes.  I mean, shit, after all the things I’ve done to this body, cigarettes?  I don’t fuck’n think so.

I’ll keep you posted.

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10 comments for Don’t Call It A Comeback »

I can attest that it ain’t easy, but it’s totally worth it.

Comment by sketch element — Wednesday.January.30.2008 @ 3:24 pm

Wow, that’s great!

Comment by One Wink — Wednesday.January.30.2008 @ 4:50 pm

i need to know if it helps you quit, why do you have to take it for 3-6 months?

i am definitely interested in how it goes for you. my doc suggested it and then i had to kill him. so he’s dead now and i’m still smokin’.

Comment by piglet — Wednesday.January.30.2008 @ 9:06 pm

You will always be smokin’, Grampa.

Comment by PeeWee — Wednesday.January.30.2008 @ 9:26 pm

First, sketch, let me say that, having done both many times, quitting smoking is more difficult than kicking heroin.

Piglet, seriously, it’s totally working. I think it works better for us addicts, too. I think it must be a nicotine receptor partial agonist, cause I’m not really feeling any withdrawal symptoms at all.

I take the first pill when I get up, which is usually at like 5 to go to the gym, and I take the second pill at four or five before I leave work.

I just chew regular gum in those moments when I feel like I should be doing something.

Try it, what have you got to lose?

Comment by grampa — Wednesday.January.30.2008 @ 9:52 pm

i quit on new years and have caved a few times since. probably smoked a pack and a half all up in the past 31 days. if i can’t stop for good by this time next month i’m going to be looking in to that medicinal shit.

Comment by meg — Wednesday.January.30.2008 @ 10:03 pm

Ah, meggers, you’re still young. You’ve got much abuse to wrench out of that body yet, before it starts to take it’s toll.

Though, if you’re gonna go that route, do it with something more fun than cigarettes.

Comment by grampa — Wednesday.January.30.2008 @ 10:13 pm

grampers, i spent my childhood hanging out at rehab centers. addiction of any sort scares the fuck out of me and i don’t know how i ended up ready to kill for something that tastes like shit and smells like shit.

Comment by meg — Thursday.January.31.2008 @ 3:52 pm

I just like to say Chaaaaantix.

Welcome back, hotcha.

Comment by Citizen Mom — Thursday.January.31.2008 @ 5:33 pm

You get my long distance admiration for it. I’ve lost a lot of people I loved to smoking-related diseases — both parents, a grandfather, a collection of aunts and uncles. People die, but they don’t have to die like that.

Keep going. I’m having too good a time reading your shit to want to give it up right now.

Comment by Sherri — Saturday.February.2.2008 @ 5:28 am

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