quiting Smoking

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Blog entry by Jim Earl posted 06-19-2009 05:41 AM 1469 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On May 6, 2009, I was taken to the hospitol for chest pains and having trouble breathing. I was additted within the hour and given all kinds of test. My lungs had given out. I could not produce enough oxygen to supply my blood. I was put on oxygen that was really being forced in hard. This supplied the oxygen it took to substained my blood. Ireally dont know how they figure all that. All I know is I have to have forced oxygen on at all times now to get enough in my blood. It is truely a pure headache carrying around these tubes and tanks everywhere I go. I have gotten better and it dont take as much, but I stil have to have it. I’m coming along better than they thought but amstill looking at visiting a surgeon. Well I hope thios explains why I havent been on lately, but I will try and keep on posting. All of you have been producing some of the most beatifullest peices of work that I have seen. Keep up the fabuless work and keep o0n posting. OH, SMOKING. I haven’t had a cigarette since May 6, 2009 and I still crave those nasty thing. I wish they had something that would take this craving away. I am on chantix and the craving is still there strong. I have smoked for over 40 years. and could kick myself for even starting. As soon as they tell me the finding on what they found in my lungs I’ll let you all know.

Keeps on going Jim

-- Jim Earl

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#1 posted 06-19-2009 05:53 AM

wow jim it seems like you have had soo much thrown at you this past year…I am glad you are alive…and as long as your kicking dont give up…your quitting smoking is one of the hardest things known to man so they say…I have never smoked…so i cant speak from experience…you should ask your doctor if there is anything they can have you take to help with the cravings…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 06-19-2009 05:59 AM

Hang in there. I hope you are feeling better soon.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 06-19-2009 06:15 AM

I smoked heavy for 50 years before quitting. Your cravings will be very strong at first, then with time they will get weaker and more infrequent. You just have to hang in there. Good luck.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 06-19-2009 06:18 AM

nicotine gum worked for me. i smoked for 30 years and quit a couple of years ago. the cravings will go away if you give it a chance.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 06-19-2009 06:40 AM

Have you tried the Patches? I smoked 2-2 1/2 packs a day for 30 years and kicked it in three weeks with those Nicotine patches. They really took away the craving. The box said use them for three to four months, three weeks after I started using them I put them and Kools behind me. It’s been about 4 years and I haven’t looked back. I even went and bought a new Dodge 4×4 pickup (with a HEMI of course) with the money I no longer spend on cigarettes.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#6 posted 06-19-2009 07:11 AM

Nasty habit I use to smoke 4 packs a day I’ve quit 35 years ago, now I get ill when cigarette smoke is any where near me.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 06-19-2009 11:29 AM

thank goodness for those little tubes and tanks!!

I hope you continue to get better and those cravings disappear.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 06-19-2009 01:58 PM

hang in there, Jim.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 06-19-2009 02:12 PM

I’m sorry about your health problem Jim. Other people can smoke all their lives without problems while others are more susceptible. You were just unlucky.

I started smoking art 13 years. About 43 years ago I was smoking 2 packs a day plus I lived at that time in the Los Angeles smog. My first son was about to be born and I remembered what it was like to take trips in the car with my parents who both smoked. So I decided to quit. I threw away the rest of my last pack just before we went grocery shopping. When we got to the where the cigarettes were, my wife nonchalantly put a carton of my favorite brand in the cart. I couldn’t believe it! This total lack of faith in my ability to quit made me so mad that I never smoked again. My wife is a lot smarter than me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-19-2009 03:01 PM

Good luck jim. I failed at my first attempt. My fiance quit after 12 yrs cold turkey no help, nothing, just” I don’t want to smoke anymore”! Geez i wish I had the strength. I tried chantix and it worked for about three weeks, but it gave me the worst nightmares in my life. So I dropped that and quickly fell victim to cravings :( now I’m just a stinky guy my girl has to deal with.

Sad but truthful philosophy….. I quit quitting so I don’t let myself down anymore. Once we have a kid I am going to battle again, to be a role model ya know. Jim I feel your struggle and I’m still fighting myself just to say no.

A tip: workout you legs more. It’ll force your body to send blood down there. In turn forcing your body to produce more oxygen. Or thats what I’m told

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#11 posted 06-19-2009 03:07 PM

Hi Jim,
You can do it! I had to quit after having chest pains, I found out I was having a heart attack. Well its been 113 days since I quit smoking… can do it.
I smoked 26 years and as you stated I wished I had naver started those nasty things. I didnt want to be one of those people that fussed about other people smoking because I hated hearing it. I am so put off by the smell now that I just cant stand to be around someone that smokes….Man did we stink !
Oh I went cold turkey….that worked for me. I dont think about them very much at all anymore.
Best of luck on the outcome and we look forward to you future posts.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#12 posted 06-19-2009 03:46 PM

Sorry to hear this Jim. I hope you get off the tanks someday.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#13 posted 06-19-2009 03:49 PM

Good to see you again – hope you get better.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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John Gray

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#14 posted 06-19-2009 03:58 PM

Tip – This really helped my cousin and I when we quit smoking. When you feel the urge for a cigarette take a couple of deep breaths, this mimics the taking of a drag off a cigarette, it really helps, I still get the urge from time to time and just take a couple of deep breaths and waalaa no more urge. I’ve quit for 11 years and my cousin for 6 years.
Hang in there YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#15 posted 06-19-2009 05:02 PM

I’ve been around people who smoked like chimney’s for most of my life, sometimes not always by choice, most of those people never cared that they smoked in font of people who didn’t want that smoke anywhere near them. The cravings were so bad, that they didn’t care who else they were damaging, as long as they got their nicotine fix. Such was the case with an Uncle, who after leaving the hospital after a heart attack, in which the stay also produced the results of lung cancer, asked on the way home to stop at the store, so he could by more smokes. My Mom now has Advanced asthma, because her husband was too stubborn to go outside and smoke up until recently. Sometimes, your own health problems or someone else’s don’t matter to smokers, so it’s good to see when someone finally “get’s it”.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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