Yesterday I visited my GP for the usual annual check up, and again got the usual lecture about smoking. Most of the time I hate smoking - but it's what I do - it's what I have done for the past 35 years. Heck! 35 years.:eek:
I have given up a few times before, but never lasted beyond a week. I have twice joined NHS Stop Smoking groups and used patches, I have tried gum, those little plastic ciggies, willpower, hypnotherapy, read Alan Carr (twice), and Paul McKenna. I have nearly given up giving up. But not yet.
Yesterday my usual GP was on holiday and I saw a lovely lady who empathised with me, and spent the next 20 minutes explaining about Champix and why it is so good. I had to sign a monitoring form, but walked out with a prescription for the Champix starter pack and a quit date set for Sunday 19th July.
I came home and explained the above to my OH (who also smokes) and he seemed quite jealous - I hope my experience is a good one and he follows in my footsteps.
Today I was at Boots early, got my prescription (another really nice lady who, despite the queues) took the time to look me in the eye and wish me luck. How nice is that! I bought water, and took the first Chamix - "Day 1" it says helpfully in the packet!
Went and got my hair cut, did the shopping, and had a fairly usual Saturday. No effects what so ever - except I'm excited - I'm looking forward to the experience and, in 8 days time, being a non smoker. I know it's going to be great!
I'm really happy this forum exists - it gives me space to blog my experience and hopefully, find folks who have either been there and done that, or are in the same part of the boat as me. Which ever you are - thanks for reading.