Afternoon all ye happy quitters!
I've been on the 16 hour patches since Monday, and haven't sparked up since Sunday night. Yay me.
But I feel like death warmed up.
First thing in the morning I've had very tame cravings for a smoke for about an hour after applying the patch (usually about 8am), then they've come back say about 8pm, but without the wife and kids needling me about it (thank god they've got the hint) it's not been particularly troubling.
Between 9am and 7pm, until today, I've had not even the slightest interest in sparking one up.
But, the downside is that I've felt physically and mentally shattered, all week.
Normally I wake up a few minutes before the alarm goes off at 7am, almost like clockwork. But since I started on the patches, the alarm hasn't been waking me. Yesterday I only woke up after my daughter started jumping on my stomach shortly before 8am; even being shouted at hadn't woken me. This morning I was startled by the bin men... at nearly 10am.
I've also dozed off several times before 9pm, and even started going to bed before 10:30pm. This is extremely unusual for me; I've been going to bed after midnight since I was a teenager with absolutely no drowsiness caused by getting up between 6am and 7pm... and as for dozing off in the armchair - I've never done that before, EVER.
Today's been a really odd one because the headache has subsided, but it's the only day on my quit so far I've had extreme cravings for a ciggy despite the patch.
I've been climbing the walls since mid-morning.
I had to go to the supermarket at lunchtime, and I couldn't even face walking past the cigarette counter - so instead I took the lift to the basement car park and walked the long way back to the car.
Considering I've been to the village stores three times this week and have stood in front of the baccy rack every time without so much as batting an eyelid, this was really the first test of my resolve.
I'm happy I resisted but seriously, I have felt like utter, utter, UTTER crap since starting my quit.
I have to ask, is this psychosomatic, a side-effect of the patches that's normal and will go away of its own accord, coincidence (maybe I'm just coming down with something), or is it something I should really be worried about?