Hiya! Just thought I'd post how my first session went, just incase anyone else was interested in getting in touch with their docs and doing the same thing and want to know what it's all about.
First off, we discussed how I was getting along, how long I have stopped smoking for and what NRT I was using and what else might help me. She did suggest the spray but I am happy with the patches I am currently on which is great. She said that the type of patches I am on (Nicorette 25mg) I can stay on the strongest version for a certain amount of weeks and then when that time is up we can have a discussion as to whether or not I am ready to take the next step which would be a lower doseage and it would be to my timeframe, whatever makes me feel comfortable so that's one less thing I don't have to worry about.
She took a note of my weight, to be honest not entirely sure why, then I got to use the carbon monoxide tester. You just hold your breath for 15 seconds, then blow into a tube, wait a little while and you get your results. Mine was 3, and that was a great result. 0-3 means non smoker. Sometimes it can be more than that, she explained, if you live in a polluted area or have been near a lot of traffic or live with a smoker.
I then had my lung capacity checked- again you hold your breath and blow as hard as you can into another tubey gadget. They ask you to do 3 of these if you can to get the avarage reading. I am severely asthmatic and have been monitored over the last 6 years and was stunned that my lung capacity was the best it's been in all that time! Right there was evidence that quitting smoking is helping, and so fast too. I am only on day 18!
The session only took 15 minutes, it was enough time to discuss how I was feeling and to ask any questions I had. I am booked in again for a fortnight's time, and it makes me feel good to have someone else cheering me on.
I know I still have a long way to go, but I believe that the hardest part is probably over now and I just need to carry on and keep battling alongside my fellow comrades, which is you Thanks for being there, knowing there are people on the forum who care and are battling alongside me makes me feel so strong and I truly hope you feel that way too. xxx