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Marianne, Quit CoachMar 19, 2017 @ 3:47 PM
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Hello NeedToQuit506,
 
All the best on your day one today!  Hope it is going well.  Keep us posted. 
 
Marianne

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NeedToQuit506Mar 19, 2017 @ 1:25 PM
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Age: 26
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Long term disabled
Hobbies: walking, angering the locals,travelling
TY,
i am on first day of my quitting and trying the vape again! hope it works.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/19/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 0
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 0
Amount Saved: $0.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 1 Mins: 49 Seconds: 27

Jonny by'e

Lillian, Quit CoachMar 16, 2017 @ 9:42 AM
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008 (12:14 PM)
Good Morning NeedtoQuit506,

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming when barriers pop up that you don't expect, like obtaining patches. Canadian Health programs vary from province to province and region to region so it does take some searching to find the resources available. That is what we are here for!

For New Brunswick, they do have the New Brunswick Drug Plan Information line set up just for these type of inquiries, so it is a great option to for you to call and they can guide you on the steps involved and what is available to you.

The number to call is: 1-855-540-7325

An additional option is the "local support" tab on the online community main page of this site. Input your postal code there and the local support programs to call will be listed.

and as always, you can call us at Smokers' Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 for questions and concerns,
Lillian

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NeedToQuit506Mar 15, 2017 @ 9:54 PM
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Age: 26
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Long term disabled
Hobbies: walking, angering the locals,travelling
Does anybody know if the patches are covered under ANY health insurence plans with welfare? i was told it is by a mental health clinc in saint john NB but i came back to my home town (upper river valley region of nb) months ago...old habits etc....started back up smoking.....i tried talking to both my family dr and my shrink about patches quitting smoking etc....i keep getting the same answer " you dont need a script for the patch " SMH...i hate the fact that i am on long term disabilty for a mental health issue among other things and i wanna better my self but they cost half the price as a can of tobacco so where is the benefit!? i am on welburtin and it doesn't work, got a vape....doesn't help the cravings so now i had to change my quit date and all progress just for that >.<  its either the patches or the gum and smoke some times.....but the patches seem like to me personally the better choice...idk if it will make me feel wide awake at night but then again i am extremely bi-polar so my sleep is all messed up as it is anyways

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/1/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -15
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -375
Amount Saved: $-74.25
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -135038

Jonny by'e

HaveFaithFeb 01, 2017 @ 9:28 PM
Posts: 108
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Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Thanks leafs67.  Your kind encouragement and support helps get through the rough patches!!! 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 30
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 540
Amount Saved: $367.20
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 18 Mins: 51 Seconds: 8

leafs67Feb 01, 2017 @ 8:46 AM
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Age: 61
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Health and Safety officer
Hobbies: Guitar, music,ATV
 Glad things are working out! you guys are rockin your quit. Leaf

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 396
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 13,860
Amount Saved: $7,761.60
Life Gained:
Days: 75 Hrs: 11 Mins: 9 Seconds: 18

HaveFaithJan 30, 2017 @ 6:36 PM
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Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Thanks everyone!! I was taking a chance and thankfully it worked out for me!!
 
Yes, wimporswim, I can't believe tomorrow is 4 weeks. There were many moments that I thought I would never get this far!  We have done well, and  we will keep going!!!


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 27
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 486
Amount Saved: $330.48
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 14 Mins: 8 Seconds: 43

wimporswimJan 30, 2017 @ 3:49 PM
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Gender: Male
Country: Canada
You are so brave HaveFaith! Glad it worked out for you. I'm going to try going patchless tomorrow night. Only a few more hours until we both hit the 4 wk mark. On day one that seemed like a very daunting milestone (millstone?) to me, and I'm sure it was for you also. Congratulations to you! "I'm swimming' not wimpin'" and so are you.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 27
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 810
Amount Saved: $330.48
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 14 Mins: 38 Seconds: 4

leafs67Jan 30, 2017 @ 1:03 PM
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Age: 61
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Health and Safety officer
Hobbies: Guitar, music,ATV
good for you Have faith! 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 394
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 13,790
Amount Saved: $7,722.40
Life Gained:
Days: 75 Hrs: 2 Mins: 50 Seconds: 0

JeyanJan 30, 2017 @ 12:42 PM
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Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Good for you HaveFaith!!! Stay strong!! You can beat this habit for sure. Sorry, but I cannot relate to you, as I never tried patches as I quit cold turkey. My sleeps have been normal as usual. Try to take long walks every day as it should also help you with your sleep, as a tired body should rest by itself.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 106
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,060
Amount Saved: $636.00
Life Gained:
Days: 15 Hrs: 16 Mins: 17 Seconds: 39

HaveFaithJan 30, 2017 @ 12:03 PM
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So I couldn't take the sleepless nights anymore.  I wasn't sure if I was going to throw all my hard work to date away, but I needed to sleep!  
Last night I took my patch off at bedtime, and slept all night!! It was great!!!  I woke up this morning, had my shower, and put on a new patch.  I used my nicotine inhaler a few extra times this morning, but it turned out ok!!!! I feel so much better today having a good night sleep.  
Hopefully it doesn't backfire on me, but I will do the same thing again tonight! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 27
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 486
Amount Saved: $330.48
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 13 Mins: 32 Seconds: 22

leafs67Jan 30, 2017 @ 9:26 AM
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Hobbies: Guitar, music,ATV
 Hi Guys: here is what I did with the patch. But remember do what works for you.
  I took my patch off when I went to bed, every morning ,I took my hot shower than put on a fresh patch to start my day.This worked for me two ways: It gave me eight hrs with no nicotine and the glue bothered me so it helped the spots on my arms heal.I did sleep good and looked forward to my morning routine.  Leaf


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/2/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 394
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 13,790
Amount Saved: $7,722.40
Life Gained:
Days: 75 Hrs: 2 Mins: 8 Seconds: 47

HaveFaithJan 27, 2017 @ 9:13 PM
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Thanks MotherJoe, wimporswim, Got to, and Emily E, for the feedback.  So I guess this is just another one of those hurdles we have to get over!!!! Man, some days there seems to be lots of them!! Oh well, I just have to keeping looking towards the end result!!!!  Staying smoke free!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 25
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 450
Amount Saved: $306.00
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 7 Mins: 43 Seconds: 33

Emily, Quit CoachJan 27, 2017 @ 8:26 PM
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Joined: Jun 25, 2015 (2:39 PM)
Hi HaveFaith,

As you can see, trouble sleeping can be a pretty common side effect of wearing the patch. It can also be a common withdrawal symptom for some. 

Have you spoken with your pharmacist about it? They may have a recommendation. 

I know it can be frustrating, but the patch is temporary. 

Wishing you a good nights sleep,
Emily 



Got ToJan 27, 2017 @ 11:48 AM
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Hey there Have Faith....I like Motherjoe wore my patch 7/24 straight for 5 months. I put on a new patch each morning.  Being exhausted is all part of the quit, whether on the patch or not..... I remember being so so so tired and just could not sleep....... that is known as the Zombie Stage..This can last up to 2 to 3 months.....I went outside a lot and paced my driveway, I am sure the neighbours thought I was nuts..... but the fresh air did me good even at 0300hrs lol.  Soon you will feel better,  just wish it could all be over with in a month but it is not...it is a lifetime commitment to yourself ..but a so worth it struggle!  And I do miss those funky dreams...I loved them!!!  Rockin my Quit.....GOT To

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/7/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 355
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,875
Amount Saved: $4,437.50
Life Gained:
Days: 49 Hrs: 13 Mins: 9 Seconds: 39

Just Let it Go

wimporswimJan 27, 2017 @ 10:42 AM
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good morning HaveFaith, I am having the same problem. I hesitate to mention what I have tried because I'm not sure it is a recommended thing to do but it does help me. As fate would have it my nurse ran out of Step 1 patches so she gave me Step 2's and step 3's to use together to equal the 21 mgs that a step 1 has. About a week ago I started to take off the step 3 before bed time. It didn't really seem to help my sleeping pattern much and still had whacky dreams and woke up after each dream and took a long time to doze off again. Two nights ago I started taking off the step 2 and just left the Step 3 on. Sleep is still not normal but somewhat better. The surprising thing for me was that my first thing in the morning craving, although still there, was not any worse than before I started my little experiment. I am going to continue the step 3 only for night time for a few more days and then try without any patch at bed time. I will keep you posted. Keep up the good fight.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 24
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 720
Amount Saved: $293.76
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 23 Mins: 6 Seconds: 41

MotherJoeJan 27, 2017 @ 10:32 AM
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Country: Canada
Occupation: retired
Hobbies: knitting, walking
HaveFaith, I was the same way, but I kept my patch on 24/7 ... I just put up with it as quitting smoking was more important to me.. Mother

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/22/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 371
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,275
Amount Saved: $2,226.00
Life Gained:
Days: 51 Hrs: 3 Mins: 47 Seconds: 23

Run to Quit

HaveFaithJan 27, 2017 @ 10:09 AM
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I am on step 1 of the patch and have not been sleeping well at all.  I am tired all the time now.  I have heard people say they take their patch off at bedtime.  My worry is, that if I take it off at bedtime, I will struggle huge in the morning when I wake up, as that is when I smoked the most when I was a smoker!  Any suggestions??

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 24
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 432
Amount Saved: $293.76
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 6 Mins: 42 Seconds: 4