Monday, November 13, 2006

Day 3: Today is my third day on the patch. There is not much to tell because I just slapped today's patch on my back. It's a little itchy. I also just wrote an entire post that got erased because I didn't save it as I went along and fucking blogger made me sign back in when I went to publish the post. It's enough to drive anyone to smoke or in my case chew. Mother fuckers!

Day 2: I am actually surprised at how well Nicoderm CQ seems to be working. The worst time of the day seems to be at night for me. That's when my cravings are at there worst. At night and when I eat. My meals are anticlimactic because I want to stuff my mouth with copenhagen after every meal. Last night at work I drank 3 cups of coffee and sucked on a bag of Life Savors. Overrated fucking candy.

Day 1: Saturday was day one for me. About an hour or two after I quit using I decided to replace my addiction with a compulsive shopping disorder. My wife and I went to the trendy part of Louisville and I bought 50 bucks worth of comic books in a very cool comic book shop. It's funny going into comic book shops these days. I saw a father and son in the shop and the father was the one buying the comic books. After that we went and had lunch in a place that we've never eaten at. Apparently I'm a lot more spontaneous and adventurous when I'm not chewing tobacco.

In my Nicoderm CQ user's guide (which is about the size of a baseball card and now referred to as my bible) it says that I'm supposed to be on step 1 for 6 weeks. This has to be a scam and since now I'm an expert on quitting tobacco and it hasn't been that bad I'm going to step 2 next week. The bible also says that the first three to four days are the worst for cravings. The cravings have not been as bad as I envisioned them being but I have found myself trying to shove a comic book in between my cheek and gum once or twice.

I have also been having trouble adjusting back to my schedule. I blame this on KJR who wrote a very amusing post about me over on his blog. When I stayed with him I was getting up at 5:00 am and going to bed at 5:00 pm. Just like the squirrels, birds and my grandmother. Hopefully I will be back on track soon. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

10 comments:

grumbler said...

i have quit tobacco products of all kinds many times. it stinks. good luck. do you get an anxious feeling in your gums? soon you will have a lot more energy.

captain corky said...

I actually got really nauseous a couple of minutes after I slapped on the patch today. Weird considering that I was chewing two cans a day three days ago.

Anonymous said...

I've got three closets here in the house filled with short and long boxes full of comics...

My wife hates me for it. ;)

Steve~

Nonny said...

The patch is "a little itchy".

Are you kidding me? I kept that thing on for about 1 hour and then I couldn't take it anymore. My arm was practically raw from me digging at it.

Sounds like you're almost over the hump-stick with it :)

willSIX said...

Hang in there, big guy. It'll get worse before it gets better, but it's so worth it. My lungs are still thankin' me.

captain corky said...

Thanks gang.

Heidi on Vashon said...

I am so, so, so happy you are trying! Those who kiss you will thank you for it. Those you kiss back will, too (hopefully they're the same people or you're just a ho).:) -heidi

HoosierGirl5 said...

Hey, you live in Louisville? Where?

Okay, I'm doing being excited.
Glad you're doing okay with the non-smoking! Keep it up!
J.

TheBirdman33 said...

I know nothing about chew or quitting it, but when I was young I used to wedge fruit roll ups in my gum and suck on them for hours...
You might want to try that at work instead of Life Savers. They are a hell of a lot more satisfying.

Ms. Tuesday said...

Corky, here's my piece of advice, though I suppose smoking is a bit different form dip.

I quit for 3 months this summer and found the actual qitting process fairly painless- same as you no huge issue with the nicotine withdrawl- and I did it cold turkey. HOWEVER, the hard part comes months later when you think youve kicked the habit and then life gets stressfull you get drunk and someone around you offers it to you and you think "OK, just once wont kill me, Im not an adict anymore". Then somehow three months from THEN without even realizing it youve gone right back to where you started- a pack a day.

OK probably a little less than that now, but you get my drift. Be careful with the complacency and dont ever think "just think once cause Im drunk and depressed".

Good Luck!