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Diary of a quitter - Day 13

Ever had a really bad toothache?

I'm talking the kind of toothache that makes you pace up and down for several hours with a bottle of whiskey in one hand, a pair of pliers in the other, a mouthful of paracetamol and a bag of Bird's Eye frozen peas strapped to your face.

Welcome to my world.

Yesterday, my (soon to be sold to a taxidermist) darling son decided it was imperative some indoor cricket practice take place. He announced his intentions by launching a cricket ball at my face with total disregard for his usual inability to hit anything in the northern hemisphere.

Result - Dad on hands and knees spitting blood and bits of broken teeth all over recently cleaned carpets.

Certainly took my mind off the cravings, but fixed it firmly on thoughts of murder.

On the bright side, smoking has been the last thing on my mind, and am still on wagon. Have come off the Champix again, have distinct feeling that light at the end of the tunnel is a little brighter.

Report from hospital, missus getting stronger but meds making her feel sick.

onwards and upwards

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I'm sorry that shoudn't make me laugh but you are very comical in your telling of it.

Your teeth get effected by your quit anyway so an early prompt to the dentist. You should be quite pleased with your DS, at least him aim is improving and to have broken a tooth he must have some strength in his over arm lol

Glad to hear you wife is doing well.

You are doing amazingling (sp) well and with good grace and humour.

Take care, Sian xx


I'm glad it made you laugh. I Like it when folks laugh at my posts. Helps me cope with everything, so chuckle away.



Sorry Hodges, but..........TEE HEEEEEEEEEEEEE

I am glad tho' that your quit is still going strong :)

I'm glad also, that your wife is feeling a little stronger.

I'm surprised that you didn't "taxidermy" your Son yourself. LOL:D:D:D

Josie XXX


oh Hodges , so sorry that must have been awful, I am not going to laugh, but maybe a little giggle. But at least it as took your mind off the cigs.

Well done hun. So glad your wife is doing ok.

Joan xxx


Hodges, I love your posts. Do you by any chance write for a living - if not you should!

My initial thoughts (until I got to the taxidermist) was 'aaah poor Hodges not more hassle'. Then I read on and collapsed laughing. Sorry :(

I am assuming the now bloodied carpets are the self-same ones you were rushing around attempting to get clean for the arrival of the relatives?!

Really glad your wife is getting better, but sorry she's feeling sick with the drugs. But I suppose that at least means they're having some effect (or should that be affect, never can remember!).

Well done on continuing with the quit against not inconsiderable odds. Perhaps we should start an 'odd way to stave off cravings' thread. You can lead it!

Looking forward to tomorrows instalment and hearing how you both getting on.

You really are one my my hero's on this site. :)


Blimey O'Reilly... The Gods are looking down on you and flicking bogies in your general direction aren't they?

I don't know quite what to say. Except... well done for keeping on with the quit. And congratulations once again on managing to sustain a comic blog under such duress.

I don't know why, but it's rather reminded me of a joke:

A guy goes to hell The devil says to him "You have come to hell, and you must now choose whether to spend eternity in room 1, 2 or 3"

He then opened the doors to the three rooms.

Room 1 was filled with men standing on their heads, on a hard wooden floor.

Room 2 was filled with men standing on the heads, on a cement floor.

Finally, room 3 had just a few men, standing in shit up to their knees and drinking coffee.

The man thought for a while, and decided to go with room 3, as it was less crowded and he could drink coffee.

The man entered the door to room 3 and just as it was closing behind him, the devil said "OK men, coffee break's over. Back on your heads."


I didn't laugh, I struggled to read it as soon as I saw the word toothache, teeth and me just don't mix ever, I am the most tooth/dentist phobic person I know. Hope you are ok ( I really am such a wimp and feel all light headed now :o)

Anyway well done on your quit, you are doing great :D


Hey Hodges - screamin' (literally) up to a fortnight...great stuff ;)

Unlike Chrissie I did read your entire post and laughed at the predicament...we've all been there but with different circumstances. I also read all the way through Hels' joke and continued laughing.

Great news about your wife although not the sickness part...hope she's got a bowl handy :cool:

Keep on keepin' on,



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