- May 16, 2021 at 10:50 am #492690Holly GoodrichParticipantRegistered On: April 19, 2021Topics: 33Replies: 88Has thanked: 253 timesBeen thanked: 588 times
Happy Sunday girls. Instead of being smartass this time, I really need some moral support.
As you most likely know, I am scheduled for replacement knee surgery in 3 days.
The doc wanted me to quit smoking a week early to a week after. He says it’ll eliminate some tisk of infection. There’s the problem. I started to smoke well over 40 years ago.
I knew it was gonna be tough, but this is ridiculous. Told Doc, I’d do my best, but it’s not good enough. Best i have done is go from a pack to half pack daily.
Then, when I start on the hormones, I still gotta quit so there’s no adverse effects on me, like increased risk of heart attack.
Any tips or well wishes will be very appreciated. I don’t want to die before fulfilling my goal.
Thanks and hugz, Holly
- May 18, 2021 at 12:34 pm #493507LeslieLadyRegistered On: September 14, 2020Topics: 20Replies: 256Has thanked: 2630 timesBeen thanked: 1125 times
My SO has had both knees replace, about two years apart and the surgery has improved a great deal in just that time. She was up and doing limited walk the same day as the surgery. And two days later she was able to do the three fights of stairs up to our condo. She had two weeks of at home PT sessions and then four weeks of out patient PT with exercises to do at home between sessions. Not a piece of cake to go through but much better than the pain she was having. Hope this information helps. Hope you have similar or better results!
As far as the smoking goes I can’t give any personal input (the only vice I never picked up). But I am sure you can do it. The best suggestion I have seen is just get rid of the cigarettes don’t have them around. I know it is rough to do it “cold turkey” but you can get through it. I don’t think vaping is a good idea, it is the nicotine they want to get as much as possible out of your system. As a sugar addict I know how hard it is to kick such a bad habit. AGAIN YOU CAN DO IT GIRL, YOU ARE A STRONG PERSON OR YOU WOULDN’T BE HERE!
keep us informed as to when the big day is and how it goes. Rooting for you!!
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- May 18, 2021 at 4:37 am #493348Trisha Lilly HibbertBaronessRegistered On: December 8, 2020Topics: 39Replies: 706Has thanked: 3201 timesBeen thanked: 2684 times
- May 18, 2021 at 4:03 am #493343Paula HereLadyRegistered On: April 13, 2020Topics: 6Replies: 94Has thanked: 365 timesBeen thanked: 444 times
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- May 17, 2021 at 8:36 am #492999Eona OhLadyRegistered On: March 7, 2021Topics: 5Replies: 125Has thanked: 460 timesBeen thanked: 564 times
I know you can do it! My mom started smoking when she was ten and quit when she was 70. I figured if she could quit after 60 years of smoking so could I. That was 13 years ago. You can, and will quit. Keep calling yourself a non-smoker. Don’t buy any or carry any with you. Don’t give yourself a choice. You are going to do this!
Stay strong and believe in yourself!
- May 17, 2021 at 6:45 am #492961Michaela JaneLadyRegistered On: December 9, 2016Topics: 24Replies: 333Has thanked: 337 timesBeen thanked: 827 times
As a lifelong non-smoker, I cannot offer any advice because I don’t know nicotine addiction.
I can, however, recommend following the physical therapists advice to the letter post-op. Do exactly what they say and also do the home exercises. Keep your ankles flexing also, that moves your calf muscles which helps to pump blood up and down your legs to minimise any risk of blood clots. You will be walking normally within a few weeks. I have had both my knees replaced.
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- May 17, 2021 at 3:10 am #492912Bridgette VonSmirffLadyRegistered On: October 18, 2020Topics: 32Replies: 1040Has thanked: 14557 timesBeen thanked: 3904 times
I quit about 25 years ago, you can too. I reached a point where it became less important in my life than other things. Surely a surgery is less important than a cigarette. You can do this! Use gum, or vapor temporarily if you need to. We belive in you!
- May 17, 2021 at 1:38 am #492903Kimberly BeeLadyRegistered On: August 11, 2020Topics: 1Replies: 44Has thanked: 594 timesBeen thanked: 163 times
I stopped after about 35 of smoking. My wife would get on to me about smoking because of the smell. I totally ignored her because I enjoyed a smoke, maybe 20 a day. I’d tried to stop many times but to no avail & then 1 day I decided that I’d had enough of smoking. I put my tobacco & papers in the garage & I guarantee I’ve never touched 1 since the 4th September 2009. It’s nice not to smell like an old ashtray anymore.
Something you can do is sniff the back of your hand (sounds kinky) then lick the back of your hand & that’s what you’re breath will smell like after a cigarette. I’ll say no more.
Good luck to anyone who decides to stop smoking
- May 16, 2021 at 11:43 pm #492891Grace ScarlettBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: February 16, 2021Topics: 85Replies: 1821Has thanked: 6499 timesBeen thanked: 10200 times
Have you tried patches….you put one over each eye and then you can’t find you’re cigarettes!!!!
Seriously, I have never smoked, but several of my friends have tried vaping to good effect. You can choose the strength that you can ” get away with”.
Best wishes with your surgery, I hope it all goes well for you.
- May 16, 2021 at 8:58 pm #492872Pumped ForheelsLadyRegistered On: November 22, 2020Topics: 2Replies: 83Has thanked: 2 timesBeen thanked: 292 times
Stop buying them!
Seriously, don’t have any around. Fight the urge to buy them. You will go slightly insane for a few days, but you will get through it!
Many years ago five of my friends decided to quit. I was the only one that made it although some of them quit years later.
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- May 16, 2021 at 7:15 pm #492852Stephanie BassPrincess - AnnualRegistered On: November 30, 2019Topics: 12Replies: 1779Has thanked: 20801 timesBeen thanked: 5910 times
Hi Holly good luck on the surgery and about the smoking many moons ago i quit just because wife didnt like the smell on my clothes so missed alarm and got up late for work my own pet peave to run late made it on time but didnt have time to stop for my smokes .. Was at that time three packs a day pretty bad so finished pack put lighter in empty pack and never looked back that was about 35 years ago had a will to quit and did it good luck girl you can do it .. Think about the alternative quit smoking and keep leg a no brainer im thinking ..good luck..
- May 16, 2021 at 1:29 pm #492751Regi KellyPrincessRegistered On: October 9, 2020Topics: 36Replies: 1053Has thanked: 11175 timesBeen thanked: 4621 times
I smoked for 48 years and I managed to quit, using the nicotine gum, coupled with vaping. It has been over 2 years now, I still vape but with a lower dose nicotine(12 mgs), and dont even crave a smoke anymore
- May 16, 2021 at 12:18 pm #492729Laura LovettLadyRegistered On: March 26, 2020Topics: 16Replies: 1187Has thanked: 3828 timesBeen thanked: 5719 times
- May 16, 2021 at 11:49 am #492722Amanda BurtonBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: January 15, 2020Topics: 34Replies: 1555Has thanked: 9180 timesBeen thanked: 6163 times
Good luck with the surgery, as for the smoking, we’ll it’s advisable to stop, but I look at it like this, if you were involved in a serious accident that requires immediate surgery the question of smoking probably wouldn’t arise. The risk is entirely yours.
- May 16, 2021 at 11:31 am #492717Sandy JaysonDuchessRegistered On: September 29, 2019Topics: 23Replies: 531Has thanked: 1082 timesBeen thanked: 2436 times
Holly good luck on your surgery, can offer you no help on the smoking ( I never did it). On the surgery though I had knee replacement on Jan 26 and went back to work on April 4. I listened to the physical therapist and pushed myself, my goal was to get back to work. I am a letter carrier and walk 2 to 3 hours every day and was allowed to work up to that gradually and worked well for me.
Once again good luck!! Sandy
- May 16, 2021 at 11:24 am #492714Holly GoodrichLadyRegistered On: April 19, 2021Topics: 33Replies: 88Has thanked: 253 timesBeen thanked: 588 times
Tthanks for the input Natasha. I have tried the patch wih no success. Next, I’ll try lozenges.
Ive tried cold turkey, but I got so sick, I was stuck in bed for days. Maybe I should have ridden it out, I dunno.
- May 16, 2021 at 11:09 am #492702Natasha TaylorLadyRegistered On: February 6, 2021Topics: 1Replies: 21Has thanked: 45 timesBeen thanked: 109 times
i gave up after 35 years because my surgeon said the worst that could happen during the surgery is I would lose a leg. I’f I don’t do the surgery and I won’t unless you give up smoking you will lose both.
I used patches and an inhalator over 6 weeks I stopped i have had 7 smoke free years.
the big thing is you have to want to do it. Every time I wanted a smoke I made the choose not to have it. Then do something else.
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