Diabetic Smoker....

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-02-03 10:56:04 -0600
Started 2009-02-01 13:18:49 -0600

I became a smoker many years before I became a diabetic, I've tried to quit cold turkey, the patch, the gum and even hypnosis to no avail, I find that if I do try to quit and am about 2 days into it I have severe mood swings and become the least popular person in my home. I don't have any other vices such as drinking or excessive eating, but when I do attempt to quit smoking I eat more and send my levels way outta whack. I would like to read about others who succeeded where I failed or that have failed like me.

27 replies

2009-02-03 06:04:09 -0600 Report

I feel your pain friend. I too smoke and thought when I was in the hospital I would have no problem stopping cold. I was bragging to one of the nurses about how I was not craving cigs and she said "dear, you've been wearing the patch for days." Needless to say, I felt like a fool. I didn't even know I had the patch on, but I definitely didn't have that urge to light up! I told myself I would stop cold then I got in my Jeep and saw my cigs. The patch came off and I was smoking on my way home. That was so stupid on my part, but at least I know the patch did work for me. I know I've got to stop but am being stubborn! Take care, Angie

2009-02-03 06:25:12 -0600 Report

When you're ready you'll stop. Everytime you 'try' to quit is just practice for the real deal… :)


rbergman 2009-02-02 08:04:56 -0600 Report

One thing I have done to at least cut back is NOT have my cigarettes on the desk next to me while I'm sitting here at the computer, they are across the room, if I have them right here I grab them one right after the other, but if I have to get up and walk over there to get them I don't smoke as many, I used to do pretty well, with about a pack a day, but recently my stress level went sky high and I found myself smoking up to 3 packs a day! (yikes), and not even realizing it until I would go to get another pack and think, wow where did they all go (not good) so, this is a small step but at least its a step. Also, we live on a ranch, several critters of all kinds and when I go out to take care of them I don't take my cigs with me, they stay in the house, I used to always carry them but it can take a couple hours to feed and water everything and so forth so if I don't take them out with me thats less I smoke too, again, baby steps lol
Very Proud of those who have quit completely and pulling for those like me that are trying,

2009-02-02 08:23:31 -0600 Report

Robin, that's a good way to prepare yourself. Make certain areas smoke free in the house so you have a place to go where smoking isn't allowed. I started smoking in the basement in a designated area only with an Ionic Pro to clear the smoke. I did this for a long time or I went outside. Now when I was ready to quit, I know that I have the rest of the house that I can go and not feel the urge. I even went downstairs to my 'table' the other day and sat there… lol I left myself a note that on 'date' I sat here and didn't smoke!! LOL I know it sounds a little crazy but whatever it takes. In the car was my worst time so now I have it cleaned out and air fresheners and mints right there in case I get the urge. When I go to the gas station, I pay at the pump now because then i don't have to go in there where 'they' are… I try to keep my sense of humor along the way, it makes it easier. My buddy at the class and I laugh each week about the crazy things we are doing to avoid them. I'm using the patch and he's using Chantix to help and we're both doing good. (the only two in the class too so we get good attention from the teacher).

Good luck as you begin this journey… Remember that Day one is the most important day because without Day one you can't get to day 100!!! Prepare yourself, plan ahead, and find your determination to do it. Write out your plans for when an urge comes and what you'll do. The online class will give you all those tips on how to help yourself do it and there are message boards like here for support.. or you can email me and I'll help you anyway I can. :)


Lanore 2009-02-02 07:59:16 -0600 Report

Hi Rb,
I understand how you feel, I quit because I had too, it was medial. I was told that back in 2003 I was only 46 that I had to have my cariod arteries cleaned out, because I smoked for over 20 yrs. Believe me you do not want to go though that. I did it cold turkey as well. I have been smoke free for almost six yrs now and I am so glad I quit, I did gain 30 lbs from quiting but it was worth it. Lanore :-)

rbergman 2009-02-01 22:27:11 -0600 Report

Have any of you that did manage to quit do it by some sort of prescription pill?

Southern Granny
Southern Granny 2009-02-03 10:56:04 -0600 Report

I used wellbutrin to quit smoking. You still have to have the desire to quit. It is not easy, but you can do it. My only drawback is that I enjoy food. So I have another thing to deal with. By the way, I have quit for almost eight years. The plant I worked at for so many years is closing. So now I will have a bigger problem with food. Just hang in there and think about the desire to quit. Good Luck.

2009-02-01 18:03:48 -0600 Report

I am a new 'non-smoker' and the I QUIT discussion was started by me. I'm having success with the American Lung Assoc Freedom from Smoking program. We have a local support group that I attend but there is also one online for free. Not as much support but it has the class modules out there and a message board. I'm on day 13 today and had a few talks with myself about the notion that I could smoke just one!!! I didn't and because of that I made a deal with myself that I could get this weeks reward a few days early (Usually it's on Tuesdays as I quit on a Monday) Today I bought my new gym bag as part of the bargain… LOL I'm bargaining with the little bratty kid that sits on my shoulder some days and tells me 'You're an adult, you can do what ever you want'.. this is the first day she's been around and I had to tell her to shut up all day.. LOL (I'm not really nuts honest!!)

Judy - Free and Healing for Twelve Days and 20 Hours, while extending my life expectancy 16 Hours, by avoiding the use of 193 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $40.93.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-01 18:07:41 -0600 Report

Faaaantastic! You're doing great! And you're encouraging others!

2009-02-01 18:17:21 -0600 Report

Thank you!

rbergman 2009-02-01 21:54:46 -0600 Report

I'm proud of you, I will look at the online version we are 30miles in any given direction from any town and most are small so I doubt there is a local group like that anywhere near here but I will check into it. I don't know how long you had been smoking but kudo's to you for licking the habit, keep up the awesome work! (and I know it is work)

2009-02-02 08:04:22 -0600 Report

I have been smoking since I was 17 years old on and off and I'm now 51 years old (you can do the math!! ) It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life but I'm determined to 'win' this time.

Judy - Free and Healing for Thirteen Days, 10 Hours and 3 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 16 Hours, by avoiding the use of 201 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $42.80.

2009-02-02 11:52:35 -0600 Report

Ahhh my boys would have found a way to spend it anyway LOL I'm not looking back on anything, only forward :)

2009-02-01 15:01:21 -0600 Report

I do not smoke, so I cannot help you with any suggestions. I just wanted you to know that I am pulling for you, and I know you can go it if you set your mind to it. As far as the mood swings, maybe if you can let the family know how hard it is for you and that you are trying to get healthy, they will be more understanding and that they can be a great help and support to you while you are trying to quit.

GabbyPA 2009-02-01 14:13:28 -0600 Report

I have not personally quit, never started. But my mom quit and what she did was use a toothpick. Not real ladylike, but it worked. When she had that need for a smoke, she popped a toothpick in her mouth and fidgeted with that. It was so subtle, that my brother and I didn't even notice she had quit. We were kids and it wasn't until my dad came home from 3 months away at school that he noticed and bam! What a slick move. LOL No calories like candy.

My dad continued smoking for many more years, then when he was diagnosed with diabetes, he just quit. He had incredible will power. I wish I was more like him in that way.

rbergman 2009-02-01 22:25:25 -0600 Report

I remember both my parents being smokers when I was growing up as well, and my sister and I always told them they needed to quit, I moved out on my own at 18 and what did I do…started smoking (duh!) My parents also continued to smoke for years, then after my dad had a heart attack due to an on the job carbon monoxide poisoning, he just quit, but, the funny little quirk of his was, his shirts always had to have the breast pockets, 1 or 2 and thats where he always carried his cigarettes, years after he quit, he continued to wear the same type of shirts and too many times to count he would sub-consciously reach to the pocket for his cigarettes that hadn't been there for years lmao

My mother still smokes, she has quit countless times, has no real medical issues, but always seems to go back to smoking also.

rbergman 2009-02-01 13:43:34 -0600 Report

I wish there were an easier way to find discussions on here, I look for them and can't find and then when I post on the same or similar subject I found out there are previous posts on it, so sorry all, I'll just not start any discussions and that way I won't screw up.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-01 14:01:21 -0600 Report

Don't be silly. It is hard to know if someone has posted a similar discussion. I just gave you that link so you could see what some others were dealing with. It's not an easy thing to do, I know. You keep on posting!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-01 14:04:15 -0600 Report

By the way, the discussions are categorized in the menu on the upper left (the far left on the top menu in dark grey). I'm sure you've noticed that. That makes it a little easier to pin something down by topic, altho posts are sometimes made in the wrong area.

rbergman 2009-02-01 21:52:50 -0600 Report

Yes lady I saw it, just missed the one on smoking, i just don't want to get in trouble for posting things that have already been posted thats why i said i just won't start a topic, i may ask wihin another discussion about something but I won't start a new discussion till I figure things out a little better lol

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-01 22:04:59 -0600 Report

Well, you certainly aren't going to "get into trouble", so I wouldn't worry about that. Your posts so far have been good ones - relative to the subject of diabetes and sharing information and help. I'm enjoying your input.

gma 2009-02-01 13:32:29 -0600 Report

Well my friend Iam rite with you I did quit for 6 months cold turkey it was easy gave it up for lent but then I was around people who were smoking and started up again I want to quit again so I am starting out by smoking less like playing a game with my self lets see if I acn go 2 hours without one then 3 who knows if it will work let me know if you can quit and how you do it Deb

2009-02-02 04:34:43 -0600 Report

That is exactly how I quit, through self talk, stretching the time for a cigarette as the time I set comes closer.

Also kept myself extremely busy.
Lets face it, half the cigarettes we smoke, co up in ashes. So, boy are we losing money as well as further damaging our health.
Good Luck, You can do it, and as long as you keep busy, chew sugarless gum; you do not have to gain weight.

PS Keep Hands and mouth busy, boy that sounds suggestive, lol, but you know what I mean.

gma 2009-02-02 12:04:27 -0600 Report

You are so rite when Iam at work I smoke less then at home and if Iam at my sons for they only smoke in the garage not in the house it seems the older I get the more aware Iam of my health