Now we all know smoking is a hard habit to kick, but for me, it’s been a battle I’ve been fighting for years. I Have given up more times than I care to remember and then fallen foul to the draw of cigarettes. The first time I gave up was not a planned choice I had come down with pneumonia, the Doctors were not that optimistic about my recovery and wanted to admit me to hospital. I felt if the prognosis were so grim I’d rather stay at home with my parents, and requested I be dosed as high as possible with antibiotics and as you would expect I got every single side effect going, but the one I was not expecting was how it tasted when I light a cigarette. The taste was so disgusting; I extinguished it straight away. I continued just to light a cigarette and extinguish it for a week before just saying this was daft and stopped. Sadly some six months later I had been out with friends and started smoking, and this time I was smoking more than before I stopped.
Now I have tried all the Brand marks like Nicorette patches, inhalators, sprays, gum and lozenges. I have even tried Hypnotherapy. The first time I attempted this was relatively successful, but again I did fall back into smoking again.
I can’t tell you how much I regret starting smoking when I think of the financial impact on my life its been incredible to think I have wasted so much money on a habit that as Allen care says in his book “it’s the only addiction you fight hard to create” in the first place. The first time you smoke you cough and splutter your sick etc., your body is telling you “don’t do it you are poisoning me stop don’t”, but we don’t we continue to keep doing it. I was stupid to have started at the tender age of nine, after peer pressure from the other kids in the village where I lived as a child. I’m 50 in a few months, and I can tell you I really don’t want to go into my fifties being a smoker.
Today I visited the Chemist after being referred by My Doctor to start my journey to be smoke-free. After a consultation and a medication review and discussion on mental health etc., I have been prescribed Champix. I have got to start on a low dose and ramp up over a few days, and the Pharmacist believes that before I go back for my review, I will have stopped smoking. All I can say is bring it on; it’s got to happen. They want to see me on a weekly basis to check the carbon monoxide in my breath and to check to see if I’m having any side effects in particular if its effecting mental health as it can cause suicidal feelings.
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes and any side effects from the medication.