Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I Am Getting Old – Part Eighteen

I am getting old because…well, I cannot really remember why. Recently I bought some Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser with naturally calming “feverfew” to use as a face cleanser. (Feverfew is a member of the chamomile family of herbs.) It does work as advertised for your face, reduces redness and calms your skin. Now if I can only figure out a way to buy enough to take a bath in it and “calm” my whole body. At approximately $6.47 for 6fl. Ounce bottle and according to my calculations, I would need at least 10 bottles. We are talking $64.70 in order to be calm. For $64.70, I could pay for one session with a psychiatrist, at least for one half hour.

I am once again in the midst of quitting smoking. I have not had a cigarette since 5:10PM, Saturday, June 16, 2007. I have been using the 2 mg nicorette lozenges and use fewer of them each day so I can get the nicotine out of my body quickly. I have also been taking my “nerve” pills so that I would not actually commit murder during this time. Just kidding. I am doing well so far even though I want a cigarette RIGHT NOW. The hardest time for me is when I eat a meal so I have decided that I will stop eating for a while. Not!

It is vital that I quit smoking because of my asthma and COPD with chronic bronchitis. I can already tell there is a marked difference in my breathing and it does feel good to breathe without feeling as if you are out of breath. It is stupid for me to smoke and I know that. I keep telling myself that each time the desire for a cigarette hits me. What is strange to me is that you are ostracized when people find out you smoke, but when you tell them you have quit or are in the process, they do not seem to care one way or the other. Oh well, at least I know I am trying to quit.

Enough about smoking and on to other things for another day.


just another addict said...

$64-70 would get you nearly fifteen minutes these days, girl. Long enough for them to set up your next appt. and tell you that you need to commit to seeing them once a week for the next five years.
I come from a family of shrinks, so take my word for it. ;-)
Breathe. Breathe. Deep breaths.
It really does work.
Peace and LOVE,

RUTH said...

I wish I could give up smoking but I really don't have the strength! I did try once a few years ago but replaced the cigarettes with food and the pounds piled on. Next month the law changes here and no smoking will be allowed in any enclosed space...not even in public houses...
Keep up the good work....I'm glad that you are feeling the benefit will help to spur you on. I promise I won't smoke when reading your blog.

Shadow said...

i admire you for wanting to stop. and good luck. i hope you do it!

Jeni said...

Boy, can I relate to the issues of nicotine addiction! I managed to quit nine years ago for all of three months and then, one morning I woke up with my system screaming that it needed nicotine and it needed it YESTERDAY! Like a fool, I thought oh, I can slip on in here and there and still stay away from them but, like any other addiction, once you start again, it comes back even stronger. I do need to quit, for sure and next week I'm going to a hypnosis thing for both smoking and eating. Maybe doubling up there -if the hypnosis does work on the smoking - will help then to keep me from nibbling virtually anything that isn't nailed down then too! Loved your bit about the "Calming" bath products and how much you figured you'd need to purchase! And BTW, glad to see you back blogging too.

Shelby said...

Here's to no more smoking :)

- put it down.. step away from the cigarette..

you'll be fine!