How long does it take to quit smoking cigarettes, for good? I wouldn’t know. I have been quitting smoking for 40 years or better and it never sticks.
It is a deceiving and controlling addition, nicotine and the cigarette in general are. What do you do with your hands, when you decide to quit? Something, better do something or those hands can be talked into holding a pencil, then an unlit cigar and before you know it, you are smoking a cigarette and wondering “…how the hell did that happen?”
Truth is I had motivation over the past month or so. Seems that every joint in my arms and legs began to hurt so much, especially in the morning, that it was a challenge just to sit upright in the bed, in an attempt to get out and start a new day.
While that was going on, I started noticing other pains…mostly from a pulled muscle, but it wouldn’t let me breath in too deep.
But the straw that broke the camel toes back was a chest pain that developed Thursday evening after eating chili. I have learned that I cannot eat the hot foods like I used to be able to. But I did it this time anyway and stayed close to the bottle of Tums. Well, the Tums did not work as well as I would have liked, so I slept in a chair to stay upright in hopes to help reduce the effect.
Eventually, I was able to get a hold on the chili induced chest pain…but Sunday night I got a whole new pain in the chest that was pretty scary. It didn’t come and go, it came and stated all Sunday and all Monday, November 13th, 2017, my Son’s birthday by the way.
I was reminded of that funny bit Richard Pryor did on having a heart attack.
Mine certainly wasn’t a heart attack as much as it was something for me to consider, hard, about what it was that I wanted to do with this new found information.
So as of 11/13/2017 I quit smoking cigarettes…I hope it sticks 🙂