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Unread 07-19-2004, 09:32 AM
Smoking

One of my biggest concerns re: my stay at the Castle is not being able to smoke and the anxiety associated with it. My Dr. suggested nicotine gum and/or patch to quit before my Castle visit. Due to the stress of of the upcoming surgery and my mother's recent heart attack and stay in a nursing home, I'm finding myself smoking more instead of less with 1 week left before my surgery. Any suggestions for sisters in a similar, addictive boat?
Bonnie
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Unread 07-19-2004, 09:45 AM
Smoking

Bonnie,
how heavy a smoker are you normally? I'd opt for the gum (but not nicotine) and kill 2 birds with one stone - keeps your mouth moist and helps with the cravings. I usually find "out of sight, out of mind" works well. I can do school trips with my kids and not smoke all day and it doesn't bother me but once I'm home - it's like the craving has been waiting all day. I did a week in hospital a few years ago and didn't have a single smoke until I got released - stupid me, should have quit then while I was doing good. I'll be on my own in the hospital (1 1/2 out of the city, people can't visit cos they're either working or on vacation or it's too far) so I shouldn't be too tempted - I hope. You may not want to quit cold before your surgery cos when you stop, the gunk in your lungs starts to loosen and you'll be hacking for a while until you cough it up - I know, sounds disgusting. Won't do much good for the tummy...
Good luck with this, I know it's going to be hard
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Unread 07-19-2004, 09:45 AM
Smoking

Tell them when you get there and they will help you. My Dad chews (ick) and they gave him a patch while he was in the hospital for gallbladder surgery.

You never know- maybe this will be a way to start quitting for you!

Cheers to better health!
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Unread 07-19-2004, 10:21 AM
smoking

Bonnie,
I had TAH 31/2 weeks ago. Am heavy smo
ker too! Asked my doctor for script of zyban before surgery My Insurance wouldn't pay for that but would pay for Wellbutrin. Did so well in the Castle that My hubby went and got him perscription for it too. Good Luck!!
Jeannette
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Unread 07-19-2004, 11:19 AM
Smoking

I smoked like it was going out of fashion in the week before my surgery. Had my last one outside the hospital on the morning of the op.
Believe me, for the first couple of days you won't feel at all like smoking! By Day 3 you need to be ready with something, because I found myself craving with a vengeance! I had patches ready, and they really do work, but if you're a heavy smoker you will need the strongest ones. You still get the cravings, but they only last a few seconds.
Be ready to hold a pillow over your abdomen when you cough and it really isn't too bad.
Good luck!
Mx
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Unread 07-19-2004, 07:01 PM
Smoking

I, too, am a smoker and have decided that I am going to have my last cigaretter the night before. I was told no nothing after midnight the night before. My husband, thankfully, has also agreed that it is time for us to quit, so we are going to do it together.

I have tried in the past quit, did it for each of my pregnancies, and actually quit for three years once (stupid me for going back!)

I agree to bring a pillow, since they make you cough in the hospital for lung capacity anyway, make sure you have when coughing AND sneezing. Sneezed once several hours after my first C-section and the morphine pump could not work fast enough!!

Good luck to you!
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Unread 07-19-2004, 07:38 PM
Smoking

Hi bonnie
There is a thread on the message board called Hysteritaville...the Safari Resort and Fitness Center. It is called Quit Smoking???

There you will find support from many of us who have successfully quit smoking following our hysterectomies. I was a die hard smoker believe me! I had my last smoke on the hospital steps at 6:30am the morning of surgery.

For the first few days post-op the last thing in the world I wanted was a smoke. I could barely walk to the bathroom to pee, never mind all the way outside for a smoke.

When I went home, I was in so much pain (another story....poor pain management)....all I could do was sleep and cry. So, needless to say, by the time I was physically able to smoke, the physical addiction was gone. Now it's just my emotional attachment to the cigs that I'm working on.

I do suggest trying the nicotine patches. They have worked for me in the past. You can probably even use them in the castle.

But I will say this....the only way you can truly quit is if you really really really want to quit.

With much love
Northlights
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