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Unread 01-08-2006, 10:58 AM
To Smoke Or Not To Smoke

i'M having the same dilema. My dr. told me the same thing, infact he wants me to cut back now and quit afterwords. Easy for him to say, I'm smoking like a chimney cuz my nerves are so on edge. So, after midnight on the 29th, I hope to not have a smoke, but there's no tellin' til then. After surgery, it is my plan to quit completely. I hope I can do it.
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Unread 01-08-2006, 11:18 AM
To Smoke Or Not To Smoke

Try cutting out a few ciggs each day between now and your surgery. Only smoke the ones you REALLY have to have! Start now making the consious effort not to smoke. It will give you something to think about if nothing else. I quit between my D&C and my hyster so I know what a challenge it can be. After my D&C I thought I was going to die my chest was so heavy I could not breathe. That scared me enough to give me that extra shove I needed. Now, 8 months post op I feel so much better. It was definately worth the struggle. And I did not have to have those nasty breathing treatments after my hyster. BONUS!
Unread 01-08-2006, 11:34 AM
To Smoke Or Not To Smoke

I can relate. Was told not to smoke after midnight the night before. I had all the cancer stress plus not working so my smoking had almost doubled. Needless to say I smoked that morning until i walked into the hospital. I didn't have any problems. I still smoke and am trying to quit. I've cut back alot just by not smoking in the house and car. When I had my last surgery the nurse asked me if i wanted a patch. I didn't even think to ask for one but my dr must of had it in my chart. I had never used one before and it did seem to help alot. Had I known I would of requested it earlier. You could make arrangements with your dr before hand.

Good Luck,
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Unread 01-09-2006, 02:22 AM
To Smoke Or Not To Smoke

I quit 2 wks. before my surgery at my doc.'s request.I used the gum which was really nasty.It was also very hard because I was really stressed about having a hyster. But I somehow found the will to stop.I just kept thinking why bring more problems on myself after my surgery if I don't need to and that helped pull me through.I must say I really think it helps, I had know problems with coughing or breathing.I haven't even started back yet either!!So if you can do it, I say why not at least try.Get the gum or the patch something to help you out.Good Luck!!!!
Unread 01-09-2006, 08:45 AM
To Smoke Or Not To Smoke

Smoker here too. I smoked on the way for my surgery. Had no problems. My doctor told me just to cut back some. He said that if I totally quite the coughing you do when you stop will only cause more pain on the incision. I have asthma too so I already cough. As of now, I am also trying to quit. Good luck to you in whatever you choose. Take care!!
Unread 01-09-2006, 09:33 AM
To Smoke Or Not To Smoke

Hello girls...
Ex-smoker here!!
I was diagnosed with cancer.
Smoking does have an affect on the recovery period afterwards so my choise was easily made but harder to fullfill.
I went down 1 cigarette a day until the last day before my surgery. That day I smoked 5 cigarettes. Being heavily medicated and not being able to leave my bed shook off the desire quite a bit. I still have my days yearning, but I am so happy to have lost that silly addiction.
I am not trying to be better, cooler or a know it all. I don´t even mind people smoking around me. I will only say that I truely believe it is the time to stop when you are stuck in a hospitalbed anyway and being medicated anyway does help:-)

I am also surprised by the affect it has had on healing of my scar. Normally I heal terribly but my scar is really thin and nice looking so I am narcisistic enough to be very pleased with that. And don´t even get me started about my facial skin... and all the money saved I can use on nice things for myself instead of cigarettes. It is awesome!!

It is possible to stop and it has been great for me. I hope I can be a positive influence to someone out there.

Unread 01-09-2006, 01:10 PM
To Smoke Or Not To Smoke

Nice thread....I am a smoker also, and have cut back to 5 or so in a 24 hr period. However, during this very stressful time, I find myself smoker more and more. I can't keep food down, and (gross) my bowels have gone so loose there may not be anything that comes out with the prescribed enema. I am a nervous wreck! Thank you all for you words of wisdom. I truly appriciate them.

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