I QUIT!!!

RAYT721
By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2012-01-30 21:43:53 -0600
Started 2010-07-06 17:22:49 -0500

They say it's beneficial to tell people of your goals in order to feel accountable to reaching them so I am proud (nervous) to tell you all that I am on the nicotine patch to quit smoking… again.

This is not my first attempt but it is the first time that I am publicly announcing my intentions. The last time I didn't even tell my wife for three days because I didn't want to feel like a failure by letting her down. I did start back up again and again and again.

Now may not be the brightest time in my life to quit smoking because my wife is going to hospital on July 14 for an overnight stay. I have a lot of stress right now but to be honest I always have stress to deal with so I woke up this morning and decided to try once again.

Please wish me luck and keep me in your thoughts.

My last cigarette was at 7:45 this morning.


119 replies

draco59
draco59 2012-01-30 21:43:53 -0600 Report

That's great, I know how hard it is to quit. I've most of tried 6 or 7 times. I've done everything from patches to being hypnotized. But I really didn’t not want to quit. You really want to quit, if it’s going to work. Mine was a promise to my dying mother. The night after the funeral I had my last one, I started when I was 14, That was 33 yrs. of smoking.
I wish you all the luck in the world. I’ve been where you are. Just try not bringing in food as a replacement. Tooth picks works wonders…..
Brian

MoeGig
MoeGig 2012-01-30 19:03:31 -0600 Report

As a famous person once said: "Quitting smoking is easy, I've done it many times." It is the hardest thing I ever did and regardless of med's, it just takes uncompromising determination. I had to quit drinking coffee, alcohol, and began running in order to get rid of all the "crap" in my system. (This is before patches, etc).

I don't know why, but diabetics tend to smoke more than any other group. I remember hearing this a number of times for many years.

Good luck and best wishes. It is something you definitely need to do.

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-11 21:19:06 -0600 Report

Was browsing the site, and I stumbled across this. So, are you still off the smokes? Were you able to beat this? Just curious. Hope you were successful! Peace

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-12 03:00:24 -0600 Report

You might want to chek with Harlen also. He has quit not all that long ago either. See http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/11...

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-12 03:20:11 -0600 Report

I quit, COLD TURKEY, 40yrs ago. Smoked 3+ packs a day. But then I got married, lost one pregnancy, and decided I was usually lighting up to go on break with my friends. Not a good enough reason to burn a rolled up weed right under my nose and play "PUFF". So I just put them down. But I think that way and most people don't. My husband has tried several times, even changing what type of smoking he was doing, to no avail. When he was hurt so seriously in '99 Doc said to leave it and him alone "cause at that time, "smoking" was the least of his worries. He's slowed way down but he still can't quit.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-12 03:29:12 -0600 Report

Never smoked, except for 2 weeks when I was first working in the tool factory in OH just out of HS. At that time they had cigars in the breakroom vending machines. and for about 2 weeks I would smoke 1 a day. Then one day I decided to do 2 that night and they made me throw up. Decided then and there I wouldn't smoke again. I tried to smoke cigrettes not long after I moved to Vegas, but didn't like the taste, so never again!

Mom & dad didn't smoke but when I was 15 dad brought home a pack of cigarettes. He had us kids line up in the kitchen and had us each take a puff. Well my young pink lungs didn't like that in there so I coughed uncontrollably until the smoke was gone. None of my 4 siblings smoke except one brother.

I am glad you quit Kathleen. That was quite hard I'd expect!

meowbat
meowbat 2011-12-12 04:31:14 -0600 Report

Both parents smoked, heavily, 1 brother too, the other one chewed. but, actually it was one of the easiest things i've ever done. didn't think twice, just stopped. but , it's like i said, I'm wired a bit different than most people. Any way , Thank You, James

meter readers of void
meter readers of void 2011-12-12 05:23:06 -0600 Report

I still smoke, hate it but its the ,time of thuoght or a refletion of a thuoght that I still can't fill that void——-this truely helps with that-being able to talk or take the mind from other worries I guess it helps in that sense,since have been expressing thoughts and heart felt emotion on here has helped slow way down on them.thanks for the ears and comments from you friends every little bit helps

cavie2
cavie2 2011-06-13 04:36:17 -0500 Report

I think it is important for everyone to know that you can try and try to stop smoking but the craving can overwhelm you. This happened to me I used to smoke between 20-30 a day and often tried to stop and failed. I tried false cigarettes, hypnotism you name it I tried it then I got a scare and thought I had breast cancer both my boys were young and I was bringing them up on my own. I thought they would end up in care if anything happened to me and be adopted seperately and never see each other again. (stupid I know) but that was my turning point I never looked at another cigarette from that day to this that was in March 1980. 31 years ago. I believe everyone has their own time and when it comes they succeed. So good luck to you and don't substitute food for cigarettes. You need to do something with your hands other than light a cigarette and smoke it, so keep yourself busy to take your mind off the cravings you can, you will, YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED. Ask, Believe, and Receive.

mommafish
mommafish 2011-06-12 19:33:56 -0500 Report

I need to stop and yes Ive tried. I so proud of u for trying again. It will be hard but u can do this. Just take it one hour at a time, half a day at a time, one week at a time and before u know it it will be a month and then it will be easy for u. U can do this I know u can

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-06-11 02:22:42 -0500 Report

GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!! I finally quit about a year and a half ago. Things will get really hard but just keep reminding yourself that this will pass. Go for it!!!!!!!!

pat3
pat3 2010-12-26 20:10:38 -0600 Report

Ray, you are doing the right thing! I became allergic to the patch, however the Dr put me on Chantix, and it is wonderful. I quit 10 months ago, and only missed it one day! That was the day I was enroute for my workers comp hearing! I sat in the car & pretended to smoke! (I know, nutty woman here) I inhaled and expaled, and it felt great! lol You will be so proud of yourself., and you are right, there will always be stress.
Hugs, Pat

Melhawk982
Melhawk982 2010-10-07 09:18:47 -0500 Report

I quit for the second time, almost 2 years ago, going strong, you'll be strong too, wish you all the best!

ronpgh
ronpgh 2010-07-26 11:06:03 -0500 Report

Good luck. I quit cold turkey in 1987. While quiting, I always had a cigarette and a lighter handy. When I wanted to smoke, I really had to say NO, never putting off until I passed a store or could ask a friend. Also, I could only quite 4 hours at a time. At the end of 4 hours, I said, I can do another 4 hours. It is much too hard to quite forever. Eventually, the habit goes away and youi are ever so glad you are no longer a slave to that weed. Ronpgh

Lady Taz10
Lady Taz10 2010-07-26 09:49:39 -0500 Report

Hi, I completely understand how you feel. I've "tried" to quit PLENTY of times myself. (Although, I'm still a smoker) I wish the best for you. You are in a big fight with yourself on this. You can win! It's wonderful that your doing so great. Keep it up and before you know it a year as gone by.

jladyoz
jladyoz 2010-07-26 09:31:49 -0500 Report

I am also new here, and I am also trying to QUIT for the umpteenth time. It will stick on one of these tries for me. I wish U the best success.

pinkfoxee
pinkfoxee 2010-07-26 08:45:32 -0500 Report

hi ray..i'm new on here and just read that you've quit smoking.. thats AWESOME!!! i was a smoker for 33 yrs and now been smoke free for 4 1/2 yrs..your donig great keep up the good work

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-23 20:51:39 -0500 Report

UPDATE… I know this is getting old but I am still off the smokes. I really want to let you'll know that you are really motivating me. It is hard and anyone saying it's not hasn't gone through it. If they have it hasn't been in MY body. But, really, after 40 years of smoking I am pleased and proud to say that I'm still smoke-free (except for my dreams of running through fields of tobacco with a lighter and a twelve pack of Miller and a …) but that's probably way too much information. :)

Richard157
Richard157 2010-07-25 21:25:59 -0500 Report

I am trying to picture you running through those fields, Ray. Lol! It gave me a big laugh. I am very proud of you for going so long without smoking. You are now a good role model for all the members here who smoke.

OK those of you who still smoke. If Ray can do it, you can too!! Come out of hiding, tell us you are quitting just like Ray did. Start your own thread and get your stop smoking program started. Write messages to Ray and he will give you advice. Right Ray?

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-25 23:23:34 -0500 Report

I would be happy to help anyone but not only with smoking but with setting and achieving any goal that a person has in mind. The key to goals is to be determined to do it and have realistic expectations. Anyone can email me at any time. I don't have all of the answers and most definately cannot motivate anyone but myself but whether the goal is to quit smoking, lose weight, manage time or whatever few things are impossible. I am proud of my success thus far and that is what is keeping me going. I don't know about being a role model. I do know about being a friend.

innocentbonbon
innocentbonbon 2010-07-26 04:17:09 -0500 Report

Congratulations Ray…You have done the one of the best things in the world for yourself…i quit a two pack a day habit after smoking that for 34 years…after having a physical and having a doctor tell me at the age of 50 that I was in great shape…I took it as a sign to try and stay that way…as I couched constantly…Well I did it…(had a simular dream as yours most every night) and now at 60 am smoke free…I am sure you know about drinking lots of water..but did you know that if you vary your routine just a little bit it is a big help as well…? Instead of my morning coffee first thing..I would get up and do the dishes…then have coffee…or take a little walk first…anything that was different from what I did every day…it works..
Ray…get up every day..pat yourself on the back for having the guts and courage to give up smokes…and again..congratulations…hugs to you…Bonnie

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-21 13:54:10 -0500 Report

RAYT721 God has a plan for you & it's for your welfare & not for evil to give you a future & a hope. Jeremiah 29:11. Remember that God is in every situation w/you just call out to Him & He will answer. I will be standing on the wall in the name of Jesus, concerning you quiting because it can & it will be done. I pray that all is well w/your wife & will add her to the list w/you. Now has God showed favor to you concerning that situation if so then show favor to God.

Workign 4 Jesus, & Loving it,
Mama Dee

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-21 13:48:37 -0500 Report

So God gave me the desire of my heart my husband that I am married to now (married 6.9.2001). I went to God & asked Him to send me the husband that He had on the shelf for me if He saw fit for me to be married again. So when He did I vowed to give up drinking & smoking & do not have a desire to touch those things again (can't even stand the smell of a cigarette). I smoked since age 22 till 41. Stared drinking while in high school, as we used to say we were just chilling.

Mama Dee

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-21 13:43:37 -0500 Report

I one of those people that if God give me something then I feel like He deserves for me to give up something in return that I feel like I can't live w/o. Now don't get me wrong this was not my 1st time but this time was for real. I mean I meant it w/my whole heart (a desire of my heart). God word says that He will give us the desire of our heart as long as it is in His will.

Mama Dee

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-07-21 13:40:41 -0500 Report

Happy day RayT721,
Pray your day is better than well, so I'm just getting on this conversation concerning you quiting smoking. I have not smoked since 10.15.2000 stopped drinking hard alcohol that same day. Before I can tell you how I did it let me tell you why I did it.

Mama Dee

marc55
marc55 2010-07-21 00:42:22 -0500 Report

If anybody is having problems quiting, I quit using Chantix, smoked about 35 years, I was in hospital after 3rd heart incident and had bleeding problems because of all the blood thinners, had to be in the hospital 6 days started there and the Chantix really helped me quit. no cigarettes 6 years and don't need one and I was a 2 pack a day guy, do it, you will feel better and last longer!
Beware some people have bad dreams and behavior changes while quitting
using Chantix, I did not but I have seen it in others, still worth trying
53 years type 1, take care

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-07-21 12:58:45 -0500 Report

That's how I quit also. Smoked for 35 years. Didn't want to quit, but knew I had to. Haven't had a smoke for 2 1/2 years!
Hardest and best thing I have ever done!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-07-19 01:49:06 -0500 Report

That's great Ray. Hadn't been around for a while, and wow! Way to go! Keep up the good work!

How's your wife?

soldierswife
soldierswife 2010-07-18 20:49:43 -0500 Report

Ray, I am so proud of you!!! Man this is awesome!! Many hugs and prayers coming your way!! Whoo Hoo!! I am so happy for you!

Blou I Am
Blou I Am 2010-07-18 02:27:41 -0500 Report

New here. Keep it up—it's important. I'm a critical care nurse, and am always telling people, "When a diabetic smokes, it's not a matter of IF they'll have a heart attack, it's just a matter of WHEN". You can take that to the bank. I had quit for 10 years, but 13 years ago, while going thru a divorce, I started up again. Took me another 11 years to quit again, but I did, with Chantix, 2 years ago. That heart attack-thing is what got me—that, and I'm not getting any younger. I feel your pain. Keep fighting the good fight—your life is literally at stake.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-18 17:18:38 -0500 Report

July 18th… still smoke free since July 6th when I started this thread. I am most proud of the fact that it's my third day without the patch, cigarettes, cravings or police reports. :) I agree with you on the heart attack thing but many associated smoking diseases as well. This isn't my first attempt and it's not my longest attempt either. But I sense a difference in my attitude this time around and that's what is going to make it work this time. In the past I quit because other people wanted me to quit. Now I am doing it for ME… for my health, for my finances, for my sense of accomplishment… and it's working.

The more people would nag me about my smoking (addiction), the more it would irritate me to make me smoke more. I know that I can do this and if I can do this, I can't think of a single member of this board who can't accomplish whatever goal they have. There's been so much encouragement in this thread and that's what has pushed me from one day to the next day to the next. To a non-smoker 12 days probably doesn't seem like a whole lot but to an addicted smoker 12 hours is a milestone.

I doubt that I will be continuing to add to this thread to keep it alive but please feel free to drop a line anytime to check in on me. Add me to your friends list and message me.

This "confession" has done me a world of good in coming clean on my struggle, addiction and journey to being a hopefully successful quitter. Once again thank you to everyone involved here for the kind words and belief and encouragements.

Slowly but surely I am turning my "to do" list into a "ta da" list!!!

Blou I Am
Blou I Am 2010-07-19 12:38:04 -0500 Report

Love that last line! Know what you mean about 12 days and 12 hours—right on. Every time I've weakened and had "just one" (once after 10 yrs. clean!!!) I've reawakened the beast and quickly spiraled into full-on addiction again, and then it takes me several years and several attempts to beat it again. Yes, for me, this time is different, too. I finally have it thru my head that I CANNOT indulge the beast, not even once, without paying a heavy price. I do joke, tho, that if I live to be 70, there better be a wrapped carton in among my presents! Congrats on 13 days of freedom—before you know it, it'll be 13 years. Going on 2 years myself. Good job!

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-17 10:49:12 -0500 Report

July 17… I discovered yesterday that I had my patch on backwards and it was stuck to my t shirt instead of my body. As a result I went through the day technically not wearing a patch. So, this morning I decided not to wear one at all. I have no desire for a cigarette and I've been up for around five hours. I have a great attitude and I appreciate everyone's thoughts, comments and suggestions.

Kaiyle
Kaiyle 2010-08-28 11:21:54 -0500 Report

Wow!!! Do you know how proud I am of you right now?!!! From the first day we conversed, you never struck me as a man who blows smoke!!! : )

MAYS
MAYS 2010-07-17 11:12:43 -0500 Report

Great news (your non desire for a cigarette) …
I really believe that you can do this, yesterday proved to be pure hidden willpower since you didn't know that the patch was on backwards !

One day at a time Ray, one day at a time, you are a true inspiration.
~Mays~

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-17 13:07:39 -0500 Report

I am at a total loss for a quick and witty retort. If this had happened to anyone else, you would have been ready with something, anything!!! AAAGH!!! You are the witster.
Keep up the great attitude.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-17 15:01:28 -0500 Report

Oh, you KNOW that I would have something to say if any other moron were to put his patch on backwards. I can get from smartass to dumbass in no time flat! :)

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-13 16:45:28 -0500 Report

Day #8… May I take a moment of your time to thank you all so much for the advice, encouragement and genuine concern? I have heard that writing goals down give them the magical power to come true and in my case I won't say that I am not out of the woods but I am at least not going to burn the woods down. I won't say that I don't think about smoking but the cravings are not all that bad as they've been in my previous attempts to quit. I would suggest that for each of you having goals to write them down, make sure they are realistic and have a time frame that's measurable. "Someday" is not a goal… it's a dream. I have written my goal to lose 20 pounds back at the new year and here I am 23 pounds lighter. Goals can come true and I'm on Day #8 of another goal that I had set for myself. I'm going to start up a discussion on goals that I would like you all to contribute to. Just as you have helped with mine, I would like to share in your goals with the same encouragement and support that you've given me. Please check out "GOALS Go Go Goals!!!" in the newest discussions listings.

nanniemidder
nanniemidder 2010-07-12 16:31:02 -0500 Report

I have been smoke free for 12 years now - my grandson came home from school upset because he had seen what lungs for a smoker looked like and begged his mother and I to quit before we died - we both quit and I am so glad we did. He and his siblings (a brother and little sister) are both adamant that no one should smoke. In fact I only have one grandchild out of 8 that smokes, but I have two children out of 4 who smoke. I am constantly talking to them about the smoking. Especially since my son is now pre-diabetic too and his father lost his leg to diabetes in his 40s - I know how hard it is but know too that it can be done! Good luck and look forward to following your progress on here.

Ginetteb
Ginetteb 2010-07-12 11:47:14 -0500 Report

I quit smoking 20 years ago. At that time I was smoking close to 2 packs a day. I had been smoking for 30 years. Here are some things that helped me stay quit. First thing is to change your routine. Like after a meal, don't stay at the table, get up and do something you would not normally do. When the urge gets to you, imagine yourself somewhere you'd like to be, like the beach with the noise of the ocean lulling you. I also used to cut straws in half and inhale on the straw, because I realized that it's not so much the nicotine that is hard to give up as the habit of holding a cigarette. Good luck to you and I hope these tips help.

staggjl
staggjl 2010-07-12 10:20:43 -0500 Report

I know how you feel, I quit for good this time on Dec 23rd 2009. I was on the patch for 1 1/2 weeks and quit them. Now if I could get my pain and diabetes under control It would be great! I have faith in YOU to Quit!!! Wishing you and your wife well.

steveftw
steveftw 2010-07-11 14:23:58 -0500 Report

Hi - this is my first day on the site, and my first post. I consider myself - blessed for lack of a better word - on the nicotine front.

I was SO addicted - started smoking in my mid teens, got to 3-packs a day in the navy; when the patch first came out ('83?), I started immediately, and became addicted to the patches as well.

I continued w 1-1/2 packs a day, a full box (128 pieces) of gum a week, until 8 years ago this month.

For the 3rd time, I tried hypnosis. I figured I was just throwing $400 "to the wind" in order to get my wife to just shut up.

I walked out of that session as a non-smoker; haven't had nicotine in any form or fashion since July 30th 2002.

Keep trying - it will eventually click - for each of us it's different; don't give up.

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-07-11 10:17:34 -0500 Report

Hi, Ray
I hope all goes well with your wife on the 14th.
As for "quitting", I know what you're going through. In 1983, I had been smoking for 22 years of my life and really liked smoking.
One of my neighbors had just been operated on for cancer of the throat and a few of us went to see him in the hospital. His condition was enough to make me realize that smoking was not something that I wanted in my life anymore. I actually visualized myself hooked up to that dreadful machine he was hooked up to with a similar hole in my throat. Everytime he coughed, all I could think of was that I sounded like that when I coughed.
Up to that day, I had been smoking 2+ packs a day and from the time that I exited the hospital until now I have never touched a cigarette.
All I really want to say to you, Ray, is that you can do it as long as you really want to quit. I quit cold turkey, with no help from any kind of program. It can be done, my friend. Just want it bad enough and you'll succeed. You have all my support.
Emma

Ratsbatuti
Ratsbatuti 2010-07-11 09:20:39 -0500 Report

Good luck to you Ray — I hope your journey is going well! You are in my thoughts and prayers this day, I will pray for your strength.

MAYS
MAYS 2010-07-11 07:28:31 -0500 Report

Ray,
How is it going so far ?
I see that it hasn't altered your sense of humor, don't let it, we need it, best of luck in kicking the habit !
~Mays~

tomismom
tomismom 2010-07-10 23:24:28 -0500 Report

Well this is awesome! You will beat this for sure, you have committed yourself fully now that you've notified everyone here.
I quit smoking cold turkey after having numerous bouts of bronchitis and eventually pneumonia. Kind of hard to smoke when you can't breath anywho, you are giving yourself and your family a wonderful gift, not only will your life change but as my daughter said.."you won't smell like a ashtray anymore…"
You go Ray, I'm in your corner. Let's do this!
peace, love and laughter

moomarinda
moomarinda 2010-07-10 21:32:40 -0500 Report

Well good luck in quitting. I too have quit many times, but have started again. I wish I could quit and stay quit for good, but like you I have so much stress for a 35 year old to handle and I am single, but being a diabetic I know smoking isn't good for me.

qmissy2000
qmissy2000 2010-07-10 15:39:36 -0500 Report

Hi Ray. My name is Missy and I am new here. And I totally feel your pain on the smoking train! I had a bad car accident on June 12, 2010 and broke my fibula in my rigth leg, my right ankle and 3 broken bones in my foot. Was in the hospital for a week and a half and had surgery on my foot. I have not touched a cigarette but one time since June the 12th. And I have had SSOOOO much stress that I have craved them…UNTIL…I was told by my doctor that my asthma will probably be completely gone by the end of summer if I stay off them. I breathe better and feel better but to no avail I am back in the hospital havng a severe allergic reaction to my medication. OMG! Do I ever want a cigarette! My fristartion level has reached its peak. But I will continue to fight the urge. And I will stand behind you 100% as your new friend. And I can tell you in good faith…I DO KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! And you can do it. If I can anybody can! Have a great day and if you feel that urge come over you look me up here. I am always happy to give any support I can.

Missy

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-10 18:18:29 -0500 Report

Sympathy on being stuck in the hosp. I did about 5-6 weeks earlier this year there. Didn't have access to e mail. Became a master at Suduko though.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-10 18:45:47 -0500 Report

Missy… you see, my dear, that is the kind of inspiration that keeps me going. Your motivation to clear up your asthma is indeed worth the sacrifice for the short term. I have been smoking for 40 years so this is challenging but I must confess that writing my intentions in this discussion is helping me move ahead… onward. I wish there was something that I could say about your situation. I truly feel sorry for the accident and recovery. But, I guess there will be a light at the end of that tunnel as you recover cuz when you are going to dance clubs, you won't be smoking so you'll have more money for booze!!! One of my biggest motivators is to be FREE from the addiction. In the old days I was "cool" to smoke. At 52 it's not so cool any more!!! I wish you a speedy recovery and a sincere welcome to join my insane little world as a friend.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-10 15:32:55 -0500 Report

Thanks all … I NEVER expected so many views and so many replies but I needed to share my intentions publically. It's Day #5 and I can't celebrate the future but I can celebrate the last five days of freedom from cigarettes and the $$$ savings. I am going today to buy another box of 14 patches. I am determined to do this. Others have. Why not me??? Now please make sure to steer me away from any buffet restaurants til I get a grip. :)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-10 18:21:47 -0500 Report

Have you left yet? Are you back and safe from the Buffets? Maybe you should google directions to the buffets and draw a map avoiding temptation.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-10 18:47:34 -0500 Report

I actually used restraint on dinner tonight… about 6 oz steak and a med sized salad of low fat mozzarella and tomatoes w/ low fat dressing. That was the easy part. Now as the 9:00 pm munchies come on, someone better lock the fridge!!! :)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-11 10:27:04 -0500 Report

Maybe you could gt a guard dog trained to keep you from the fridge except at certain times. Then also train him to remove excess carbs from your plate. :)

bace
bace 2010-07-10 15:21:15 -0500 Report

good luck ray! i quit several times myself (it's been over 4yrs now since i quit for good) and i'm telling you, i feel sooo much better! i wish for you to feel better also, so it helps you out. we deal everyday with different stresses…so fight those urges and good luck while your wife is in the hospital. i wish you both the best :)

DiabetusJiji
DiabetusJiji 2010-07-10 01:04:53 -0500 Report

Congrats Ray! :^) How inspiring. I just joined this forum but can already see what an inspiration you are to the other members here. Good for you that you quit! My mama recently quit and says her health has been improving a lot. I wish you the best of luck! Jiji.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2010-07-09 22:52:06 -0500 Report

I love herion?

DiabetusJiji
DiabetusJiji 2010-07-10 01:03:19 -0500 Report

Dear, please get yourself off herion asap. My niece died due to an overdose with the stuff - it is very dangerous. She left all of us with so many memories but none of us knew she was using herion until the very end. Please, PLEASE, dont use this dangerous drug. :^(

Lymy
Lymy 2010-07-09 12:16:06 -0500 Report

I'll not say congratulations just yet until you've gone a while longer. Are we still at 7:45AM 7/6/10?

Our medical insurance has put conditions on our insurance coverage. If you are a smoker you are automatically put into the 70/30 coverage class. If you state that you have quit they can test you at any time. If you fail the test or refuse to take the test then you get bumped down to the 70/30 level and you lose any deductible or co-pay that you have paid in during your benefit year.

The only problem I had when I read this was that they had not included Alcoholics or Drug Addicts. They all make our insurance rates go up.

Keep us posted on your progress. I feel confident that you will succeed if you stay serious about quitting.

Good Luck!

~Lymy~