Post-operation post

Hello guys,

all operated on (-shoulder surgery follwing car accident nearly 2 years ago)

How great did I feel when asked 'do you smoke?' I did say that it was only a recent quit. The consultant, anaesthatist (sp) and all the nurses were so encouraging and really 'well done you' .:)

The BEST bit was the oxygen going through my blood reading- 99%!!! And blood pressure was a very healthy 134/62, apparently, that is good for a 'never-smoker' let alone an ex 20 a day stinker!!:D:D: should have taken a photo of it to frame, maybe when I go for my check up!

Also, I have gone the whole day without a patch...this is my dilemma, continue with patches as it is working or quit the patches?? any thoughts? is it too soon to quit patches-it will be day 13 tomorrow.:confused:

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  • Well done and hope you are recovering okay! :)

    I think the advice is usually to stay the course of your patches, even if you feel as though you don't need them (I guess this means they're working).

    I was on and off patches for the first two weeks and I wish now that I'd stuck to it. I never really had a planned method for quitting and I think I'd have found the last week or so much easier if I'd used the patches properly to begin with. If I were you, I'd stick with them and just reduce the strength of patch if you feel confident :)

  • And I bet you felt so proud to say you didn't smoke :D

    Well done and I hope you recover quickly!!

    I think the advice is usually to stay the course of your patches, even if you feel as though you don't need them (I guess this means they're working).

    I was on and off patches for the first two weeks and I wish now that I'd stuck to it. I never really had a planned method for quitting and I think I'd have found the last week or so much easier if I'd used the patches properly to begin with. If I were you, I'd stick with them and just reduce the strength of patch if you feel confident :)

    What she said!!

    I dipped around with NRT - step 1 patches, then gum, then e-cig blah blah, and it would have been heaps better to stick with 1 method.

    When you're ready go down a step, then down again and it should be relatively painless :)

  • thanks guys, that is what I had thought rather than 'well you managed one day without them' but to be fair, I would have not smoked all day in the hospital anyway.Would be a bit difficult when at times you are stuck to an oxygen machine- did make me think that could be how it would be as a daily thing for smokers that dont stop.

    think I will aim to cut them down over the next 4-6 weeks gradually. Don't want to hamper this quit in any way! NOPE not this time!:):)

  • So glad it all went well. My turn next and am looking forward to telling them I no longer smoke. You should recover quicker without old nic too xx

  • No date yet, just been told early May. That is my main reason for quitting, dont want to go under general anaesthetic and be a smoker :D

  • hijack away.:)

    Amanda, it feels so very good to say that you dont smoke and to have it confirmed on the oxygen levels and even better was in front of OH when he came to collect me. Twice i've felt really smug this week - sunday getting rather libated and not smoking and yesterday:D:D

    look forward and cherish your moment in May, the first time of saying it will only happen once;)

  • thanks guys, that is what I had thought rather than 'well you managed one day without them' but to be fair, I would have not smoked all day in the hospital anyway.Would be a bit difficult when at times you are stuck to an oxygen machine- did make me think that could be how it would be as a daily thing for smokers that dont stop.

    think I will aim to cut them down over the next 4-6 weeks gradually. Don't want to hamper this quit in any way! NOPE not this time!:):)

    Well done although being stuck on an oxygen machine doesn't deter some people. I work as volunteer in a hospice and I have seen patients tuck their oxygen cylinder under their arm and nip out for a fag. I close my eyes hide under the table and wait for the explosion :eek: Anyway well done you, you must be so chuffed love jonno

  • Well done although being stuck on an oxygen machine doesn't deter some people. I work as volunteer in a hospice and I have seen patients tuck their oxygen cylinder under their arm and nip out for a fag. I close my eyes hide under the table and wait for the explosion :eek: Anyway well done you, you must be so chuffed love jonno

    It's so sad isn't it? There was a man a few doors down from me who always had a fag in his mouth, and he ended up on oxygen - he still smoked for a while then went on to an e-cig. Poor bloke died in November :(

  • i spent 2 weeks this time last year supporting my dad in the macmillan unit. he didnt smoke but he died of cancer. there were people there that had lost parts of their faces/noses and were still smoking, it was not nice to look at, there were people that were on oxygen that disconnected it to go for a fag...I was still smoking,

    I promised myself that I would stop, not on a specific day but within one year of my dad's death. I did it with just over 2 weeks to spare.i suddenly decided on a thursaday night that i didnt want to smoke anymore and that was it. I wont back down, not so much for the memory of my dad but for my health and my family, i dont want them to see me in the state that i saw those others also, I know how proud dad would have been of me, as i am now for myself. You have to want to do it for your reasons.

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