Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Chantix: Day 3 (Dec. 19th, 2007)

This morning before I took my pill I ate a bowl of oatmeal and let it sit for a few minutes. My stomach felt a little upset, but it was nothing like the nausea I experienced yesterday. A few hours later I was a little nauseous, but I ate a small snack and everything returned to normal. As long as it continues like this I'll be all right. After yesterday I was afraid to take the pill, but today was much better.

So tomorrow is going to be odd because I start taking two pills. I'm a bit worried because of the nausea thing, but hopefully I can keep it under control.

So, overall today has been pretty good. I don't feel like I'm getting quite as much out of my cigarettes as I did before. It's hard to explain, but it's kind of like smoking an ultra-light, I guess. It's there, but you don't feel it as much.

I've got to think of new ways to take breaks at work. Currently my day is divided up by cigarrette breaks: 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. I'm so used to segmenting my work day this way that I think this is going to be the hardest part of the entire quitting thing. Plus, I don' t leave my desk at work unless for a smoke break. I even spend my unpaid lunch hour working while I eat lunch at my desk. So I really really really need to start thinking of alternative ways to get a few minutes away from my desk every couple hours.

Finally, I would like to thank people for actually reading and responding to my blogs. I just joined this site and already I feel like I'm a part of a community. I know this is really going to help me quit! For good! Also, if you have a Chantix blog please leave me a message and I'll be happy to link to you. It might be a little while, though -- I need some free time to set it up, and right now I don't have a lot of that ;-) But I will get your link on my blog!

Thanks everyone, and 4 days till Q-day!


Mz Diva said...

Hi there....saw your blog through Maggie's link and just wanted to stop by and say "you can do it!" If I can do it, anyone can. If you could link my blog to yours that would be wonderful and much appreciated. I had some serious stomach distress in early Chantix use and now my body has adapted to the drug and its pretty much no big deal.
Happy holidays!

maggie said...

Brandie, I wish you luck with the nausea, and I hope that you will get a little routine going that works just right to keep it at bay.

I understand completely about the work breaks. I was the same way. Fortunately, where I work there is a little group of ladies that do a 15-20 minute walk every morning, so when I quit smoking, I just joined them instead of going out to smoke, and I still love it on so many levels. It still gives me a real break away from my desk to look forward to, it gets me outside (well, not when it's raining), and best of all, I can add daily exercise and non-smoker to my list of things about me - two things I never thought I could say. I know I'm lucky being able to do the 1 mile walk thing (and often another in the afternoon), but I'm sure you can find something to fill the time with positive, whatever it is. After awhile, I didn't even miss the other smoke breaks right on cue as I did at the start, so I hope you'll be as pleasantly surprised as I was that the break issue wasn't terrible. Good luck!

Chris said...

Hi Brandie and welcome. I went through the exact same concerns about the work breaks. It's OK to get out for a breath of fresh air without a smoke once you get to that point. After a while I quite doing that too. (I'm 111 days into my quit.) Also, I read that mint helps with nausea so I drank mint tea in the mornings. Hang in there - you do fine.