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Vix1976 Oct 03, 2017 (11:14 PM)  


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Great job mgd. So happy for you that you’re doing so well both with quitting and with getting back on your feet. Keep up the good work!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 21
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 315
Amount Saved: $226.80
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 22 Mins: 56 Seconds: 9

Treepeo Oct 03, 2017 (05:58 PM)  


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Hi mgd,
 
Congrats on your 41 days!  That is fabulous!
 
I'm also glad to hear you are off the heavy duty pain meds.  Hopefully your pain level will decrease day by day.
 
Your guts and determination are going to pull you through all of this, mgd.  You are rocking your quit! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 278
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,950
Amount Saved: $834.00
Life Gained:
Days: 38 Hrs: 9 Mins: 26 Seconds: 12

Valerie, Quit Coach Oct 03, 2017 (03:38 PM)  


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Wishing you a speedy recovery mgd.

Congratulations on your 41days smoke-free! Great to hear that you have come up with alternative coping strategies for your cravings until you are back on your feet. Thank you for sharing some words of encouragement to other members on SHO. 

Have a nice smoke-free day! 

Valerie 

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mgd Oct 03, 2017 (10:59 AM)  


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Hello Everyone,
I am back. Had to go back in hospital, complications from surgery. All good again and back home. Still smoke free and have not used any NRT in two weeks at least.  Stopped the prescription pain meds and using alternate means like tylenol, Ice and determination. Oh and anti inflammatory medication.
 
Still getting cravings but I am dealing with them. Sucks since I can't do most of the coping things I would normally do right now. So you guys are my outlet till I get back on my feet. I should be mobile again next week.
 
All said and done it feels great to still be smoke free after over 40 days!!!
 
 Back here soon for more pressure relief soon. 
 
 If you are smoke free stay there and congrats.
If your quit day is coming I know you will do well.
 Remember that every step big or small gets you further down the road to your goal. Even a step back can help because now you can see where you were before and either follow that path or avoid that pitfall.
 
 Lots of help here but you ultimately find your own right path...Good luck staying or becoming smoke free...like me  


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 41
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 615
Amount Saved: $270.60
Life Gained:
Days: 7 Hrs: 14 Mins: 7 Seconds: 16

Treepeo Sep 23, 2017 (12:51 AM)  


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Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games
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Hi mgd,
 
I'm so glad to hear that you are aware of how addictive opiates can be.  Yes, they serve a necessary purpose, but we all have to be careful about taking them for too long.  My father was a pharmacist, and he used to be disgusted by how cavalier some doctors were about prescribing such strong, addictive pills.
 
I recently went through a hellish night just from inhaling other people's pot smoke, and not very much of it, I might add.  It set me on a full out crave which was really hard to deal with.  Tobacco smoke does not have the same effect on me. 
 
I worry about you smoking a joint.  The whole act of lighting up and inhaling may cause you to slip.  But I have no concerns about edibles.  I am not familiar with these products at all, but if they can give you the relief you need so you can get off, or significantly decrease, your use of opiates, I'm all for it.  I just don't see a down side.
 
Tough decision, but it is yours to make.  Good luck with whatever you decide, and let us know how you are doing. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 268
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,700
Amount Saved: $804.00
Life Gained:
Days: 36 Hrs: 22 Mins: 2 Seconds: 35

Emily, Quit Coach Sep 22, 2017 (03:08 PM)  


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Hi mgd,


Congratulations on 30 days smoke free!

Glad to hear that the surgery went well. 

I think you bring up some valid concerns. I know that for some, pain can be a trigger to smoke. And for some, marijuana can be a trigger to smoke. If marijuana is the method you choose for pain management you may want to have a plan in place for how you might cope with any cravings (if they happen).

If you feel it would be helpful to do any planning with a Quit Coach over the phone, please don't hesitate to call in. The number is 1-877-513-5333.

Emily

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team

Smobered Up Sep 22, 2017 (12:44 PM)  


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Hi mgd........
 
Marijuana would also be my choice against an opiate.
 
I would choose the edible route as I fear that should I use the traditional old fashioned way, that it would ignite the smoking ritual.  For me, an over 50 year smoker, there is no choice.  I would protect my quit with every ounce of my being.
Besides, even thoubgh there is no tar or nicotine in the mix, there are still other pollutants  that you don't need swirling through your lungs.  Besides...brownies  taste better..........
 
Ultimately, the choice of delivery is yours.  You are the best judge of what is the most benign way to do it as YOU know YOU best.  I, personally, would respect any choice you made for yourself. 
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 342
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,550
Amount Saved: $3,847.50
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 13 Mins: 0 Seconds: 4

The buck stops HERE!

Vix1976 Sep 22, 2017 (12:23 PM)  


Joined: Aug 16, 2017
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Hi mgd Unless you're more likely to smoke or want to smoke while taking marijuana I don't see an issue. Or if the act of smoking (holding it, lighting it, inhaling and exhaling, etc) were part of your enjoyment of smoking then it could be a problem too. Other than that I feel it's a great alternative to pills. I don't really like pills either. When I had knee surgery they gave me way more than what I needed and way stronger than what I needed as well so I didn't take them for long. Medical marijuana is a great medicine in my opinion. Congrats on 30 days!!!! Keep healing up quick 🙂

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 9
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 135
Amount Saved: $97.20
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 21 Mins: 30 Seconds: 10

mgd Sep 22, 2017 (10:23 AM)  


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Thank you everyone for all the great support and excellent ideas for coping. I have to say I am amazed it has been thirty days.
 
Still not using the patch but I do have about a two week supply left. If I slip that is the slip I would rather make.
 
Looking for various points of view here:
  1. Not a big fan of taking pills but I am on some pretty powerful pain killers right now after surgery.
  2. They have been a needed part of my recovery so I could do the rehab physio.
  3. Don't really want to keep taking them as they are very addictive...I have done my research.
  4. I can get access to medical marijuana (edible or non-edible)
That decision is mine to make, my questions is will this have any negative effects on my current non-smoking path?
Any input is appreciated.
 
Have a great smoke free day!! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 30
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 450
Amount Saved: $198.00
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 13 Mins: 52 Seconds: 58

Vix1976 Sep 19, 2017 (09:58 PM)  


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Good job mgd. Glad you're doing so well buddy. I hope you feel better soon and heal quickly!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 7
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 105
Amount Saved: $75.60
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 15 Mins: 43 Seconds: 39

Treepeo Sep 19, 2017 (07:39 PM)  


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Welcome back, mgd!  So glad to hear your surgery is over and done with.  That was quite the operation, eh?
 
Yeah, there's nothing like pain to make the cravings go away.  Just goes to show you there are way more important things in life.  I am sure the doctors were pleased that you went into this surgery as a non-smoker.  Getting enough oxygen is going to help your body to heal more quickly.
 
The other thing that will help you to heal is getting enough nutrients.  But you don't want to put on too much extra weight because it will put more pressure on your leg.   One thing I used to do was that I would wash and dry some vegetables and put them in a bowl or on a plate.  Then, when I needed to sit down, I would grab a paring knife and chop them by hand while sitting.  Sunday was my "vegetable" night where I always did chopping, but I did some during the week, too.  Raw veggies are good for you and make a great snack, and if you prepare them ahead of time, you will find that you reach for them.  Or you can throw some of them into a pot and make a bit of soup. Or even a stir fry.
 
Anyway, these are just some ideas I thought I would put out there for you.  I know what it's like to deal with a long recovery. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 264
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,600
Amount Saved: $792.00
Life Gained:
Days: 36 Hrs: 11 Mins: 25 Seconds: 5

Smobered Up Sep 19, 2017 (06:21 PM)  


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 Hi mgd,  Nice to meet you.
 
Glad your surgery is behind you and I wish you a speedy recovery.
 
Congratulations on 4 weeks of no smoking and even more congratulations for flying solo for the last two days with no patch.  What a wonderful bonus that your craves are manageable without the support of NRT!   
 
Keep on keeping on.......you definitely are the boss of your quit now.  Nicodemon is cowering in the corner and will soon leave your domain completely.
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 339
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,475
Amount Saved: $3,813.75
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 4 Mins: 45 Seconds: 40

The buck stops HERE!

mgd Sep 19, 2017 (05:48 PM)  


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Well, home from surgery. Here are the facts.
  1. 34 staples down the front of my left leg
  2. 6 hours in surgery
  3. Lots of pain
Good things so far
  1. Long term relief of my knee injuries
  2. I still have not smoked in 27 days
  3.  unexpected side effect, I have not used a patch in 2 days
Long recovery but no cravings for smokes...Who knew have surgery give up smokes...lol


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 27
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 405
Amount Saved: $178.20
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 2 Mins: 6 Seconds: 35

Emily, Quit Coach Sep 14, 2017 (08:06 PM)  


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Hi mgd, Best of luck with your surgery tomorrow. Congratulations on 22 days of being smoke free. Emily

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Treepeo Sep 14, 2017 (07:34 PM)  


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Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
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Hi mgd,
 
Woohoo!  Congrats on making it 22 days!  That is quite an accomplishment.
 
Mgd, the fact that you quit smoking is going to make it so much easier for your body to heal from the surgery.  Best of luck, I hope everything goes super well for you. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 259
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,475
Amount Saved: $777.00
Life Gained:
Days: 35 Hrs: 18 Mins: 53 Seconds: 12

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