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I found this forum recently and have been lurking. Decided as today was the day I started taking Chantix, I needed to register for support!:)

I have smoked for 42+ years and have tried to quit many times. I know all the aids that are supposed to help. I do know that family/friend support is a great help. However, I do not want to tell anyone this time, as I have failed before. This time I really [B]REALLY[/B]am determined to do it. Have thought about it for several weeks and had a physical today, got the prescription and had it filled. Took the first pill after supper.

I want to surprise my husband. He is a non-smoker and I know that my smoking bothers him for several reasons, although for the most part he has been patient with me. He is a trucker and gone 2-3 weeks at a time. I plan to "quit" the day after he leaves next time, which will be day 12 on Chantix. That will give me 2-3 weeks of success before I tell him.

Is this foolish of me? Having second thoughts, that maybe I am not "committing" myself by not telling the world?
Hi ladybug!!
Welcome to the message board. So glad you decided to join us!!
I told my hubby because when I got back from the doctor's office with the sample pack for the first month he wanted to know what it was. But the day that I finally quit, I didn't tell him. He finally noticed after a few hours that I had not been outside to smoke. He doesn't smoke and never has.
My husband drove a truck for 32 years. But he drove local, not over the road. He tried that once with a sleeper team and decided he wanted to come back to the city.

Please keep posting and let us know how you are doing.
We're all here to cheer you on. We understand what you are going through and will help in any way we can.

Good Luck to you!!

Memaw
:blob_fire WELCOME TO THE QUITTERS CLUB:blob_fire

LADYBUG, Trish is right, their is nothing wrong with saving your good news until he returns. At that time even you will be more confident in your QUIT. Day 12 is a great goal for your QUIT date. You are going to do just fine this time, Chantix is a wonderful drug and does what it is supposed to do. It really is going to help even more than you can imagine at this time. I could not have done it without Chantix.

You have made a wonderful decision to QUIT. I smoked 35+ years and after numerous times trying to QUIT I finally did with Chantix. Like you I did not want to tell too many people because I was afraid of failure. After two weeks QUIT I finally announced it to the world. It was a good feeling.

The big thing you will have to learn is to what to do with the idle time you soon will have. Since you are no longer smoking, plan for this time now so when it comes you will know what to do with yourself. It is a major lifestyle change and at times I still do not know what to do with myself.

Come to this board often and ask questions, vent, whatever....We are all here to help you succeed and want to hear of your progress.

Best wishes...

Sapphire :)
LadyBug: Coming here is as good a medicine as Chantix is. Do post often -- it helps and it goes without saying the folks here help. :)
Hi lovemywolf,
Have a question for you. Do you have a wolf? One of my neighbors has a half wolf dog that is the sweetest thing alive. I swear that dog tries to talk to you!

Anyways, what to do with the hands? I didn't have that much of a problem with it. Don't know why. Some people chew on straws or toothpicks. I like the cinnamon sticks, myself. You can always come on this message board and type away!!! That'll keep 'em busy!!:D

I didn't smoke in my house. So I just didn't go outside very much in the first months of my quit. Someone mentioned the other day that they were used to smoking while watching tv. Now they work puzzles while watching tv. It gives the hands something to do.

If you find something that works for you, please let everyone else know what it is. It would be a tremendous help to others having the same problem.

Good Luck to you!:angel:

Memaw;)
[QUOTE=Memaw649;2920812]Hi lovemywolf,
Have a question for you. Do you have a wolf? One of my neighbors has a half wolf dog that is the sweetest thing alive. I swear that dog tries to talk to you!

Anyways, what to do with the hands? I didn't have that much of a problem with it. Don't know why. Some people chew on straws or toothpicks. I like the cinnamon sticks, myself. You can always come on this message board and type away!!! That'll keep 'em busy!!:D

I didn't smoke in my house. So I just didn't go outside very much in the first months of my quit. Someone mentioned the other day that they were used to smoking while watching tv. Now they work puzzles while watching tv. It gives the hands something to do.

If you find something that works for you, please let everyone else know what it is. It would be a tremendous help to others having the same problem.

Good Luck to you!:angel:

Memaw;)[/QUOTE]
Hi Memaw, yes we do own a solid white Timberwolf. They are supposedly the rarest of any wolf color. Something like 1 in 40,000 are pure white. His name is Lobo and he is an amazing animal. Yes, they do talk to their people.

It's been so easy for me on the Chantix that when I have a day like today-wanted to smioke really badly-it's terrible.

Noticing some side effects I wasn't aware of like this unbelievably horrid Heartburn. The insomnia i expected, the gas but my feet, ankles and legs are very very swolen.

Can anyone else relate to these other things and what did you do???
Hi lovemywolf,
Someone else was having trouble with the swelling and their doctor prescribed lasix for them. Can't remember who that was. Maybe they will post. But it seemed to help them. Lasix is a diuretic.
Yeah, I had heartburn too. I ate Tums like crazy. I needed the calcium anyway. That lasted for about a month. It did let up some when I cut the pills in half. I had nausea, gas and constipation really bad. The heartburn and headaches left after a while.
How long have you been quit?
Sometimes the cravings are stong. That is just nicodemon trying to get you to give in. Remember this: The cravings will pass whether you smoke or not!
Just hang tough! You'll get through it.

Give Lobo a big ole hug for me!! Wished I could come pet him. He sounds beautiful!!

Good Luck to you!!

Memaw





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