New Member - About to start 6th week smoke free

Hello all

Have just stumbled across this website and reade some of the posts. They are all so helpful and positive. This may be a bit long - so apologies.

My reasons for quitting may be somewhat forced - in that I had no intention of quitting - until I had an accident and broke (or rather shattered) my shoulder. Turns out I needed surgery and my surgeon asked did I smoke (like they always do). He explained that due to the seriousness of the break that regardless of it being 100 or 1 a day there would be a serious chance that my shoulder would not heal properly - or in a worse case scenario it may crumble away. This is due to blood supply to the bone (this is all a bit medical - and I don't relaly understand it all - but there you have it) - you don't see that in teh Stop Smoking campaigns!! So I have surgery - go home and of course I have a smoke. Bad idea - palpatations kick in big style - must have been my conscious. So - cutting a long story short, and through necessity I became a non smoker on 31 August. I've had to do this cold turkey as nicotene also affects bone repair.

Unsurprisingly the first 2-3 weeks were really bad - althought the agony of my broken shoudler did outweigh my need for a cig (not a method I'd recommend!! LoL). Then I moved from someone who needed to give up - to someone who truly wanted to give up.

Then in week 4 - WHOOOOSH!! God my energy went though the roof along with exhileration boosts. It was really extraordinary.

Now - as i approach week 6 this has evened out slightly. While I do not yet feel "right" - I feel I am getting there. I stll have a slight "hollow" feeling in my chest like a slight apprehension - but this is getting better.

Off on holidays for 10 days next Weds - to Disney in Florida (which is SO anti smoking) with non somking friends. So am hoping to come back feeling better than ever.

I wish all on here the best of luck - it WILL be worth it.

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  • Welcome to the forum, Atomicguy, and congratulations on already having made it to 6 weeks! Well done! Being 'forced' into a quit like you were is quite harsh but seems like you've made the most of a bad situation. That hollow feeling will fade with time, no worries about that! Good luck and hope that shoulder heals well!

  • Bellablue

    Cheers - and thanks for your message. The shoulder is a bit like a patch for me - everytime a crave tries to creep up on my I start doing vigourous physiotherapy! Hopefully will heal qucker!

  • Bellablue

    Cheers - and thanks for your message. The shoulder is a bit like a patch for me - everytime a crave tries to creep up on my I start doing vigourous physiotherapy! Hopefully will heal qucker!

    Hi

    six weeks thats excellent welcome aboard, everyone here is top draw always there if you need a shoulder to lean on ....

  • Welcome and well done on the first 6 weeks, it doesnt matter why you quit, its the quit that matters.

    Think of the money you have already saved.

    Well done and keep us up to date with how your doing.

    Jx

  • if you need a shoulder to lean on ....

    Ehm..... Bradders.... you trying to cause the poor guy pain? Nice welcome you give! :eek:

  • HAAAAA!! I like it Bradders.

    Although it'll be a while 'til I can offer my shouder!!

    But certainly hope to as time goes by.

  • Ehm..... Bradders.... you trying to cause the poor guy pain? Nice welcome you give! :eek:

    :D you seen what i did there Bella ;)

  • HAAAAA!! I like it Bradders.

    Although it'll be a while 'til I can offer my shouder!!

    But certainly hope to as time goes by.

    we will wait :)

  • HAAAAA!! I like it Bradders.

    Don't encourage him :eek:

    you seen what i did there Bella

    Ehm.... twas real hidden humor there, Bradders :rolleyes:

  • Don't encourage him :eek:

    Ehm.... twas real hidden humor there, Bradders :rolleyes:

    what have i done Bella :eek:

  • what have i done Bella :eek:

    Make me smile a bunch ;)

    Okay..... no more derailing of this thread! Sorry, Atomicguy! Back to YOU :)

    Keep up the good work (not smoking and exercising that shoulder!) Cheers!

  • Make me smile a bunch ;)

    Okay..... no more derailing of this thread! Sorry, Atomicguy! Back to YOU :)

    Keep up the good work (not smoking and exercising that shoulder!) Cheers!

    ehmm Bella exercising that Shoulder what you trying to say about him !!!!!

    :eek:

  • Hello Atomicguy and welcome to this forum....congrats on your quit and have a fabulous holiday ....sounds like you deserve one;)

  • Hi Atomic :D

    Well done deciding to stop smoking but I'm sorry about the accident that forced the decison and hope your shoulder is soon completely healed, a friend of mine had the same thing and has still not completely recovered from it a couple of years later

    I haven't told you that to alarm you or make you feel bad at all but to try and help you, She was told the same thing by her surgeon/consultant but ignored what she was told and so is still to some extent suffering for it

    You on the other hand have taken the advice given so I'm sure that won't happen with you stick with it as you've already found it does get easier the further you go but am going to send you my normal welcome and advice post anyway that I try and give all newcomers to the forum

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    This link is good for the psychological part of quitting

    whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Sympt...

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    Love

    Marg

  • Marg

    Hello there - and many thanks for your comments.

    Must admit when the surgeon told me I did think "well yeah they say that about smoking for everything" - typical denial. But after checking about 1 million websites it seemed to be solid and accurate advice!!

    So - no smoking - and physio physio physio for me!!

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