Kevin Marshall Quits Smoking: Day 1
UPDATE at 8:45pm
It’s still on.
ADDENDUM at 9:52pm
Annnnnd it’s still on.
Methods employed in preparation:
During the course of the past few weeks, I prepared by removing certain triggers. These include, but aren’t limited to:
– Driving. Every time I drove, I lit up.
– After eating.
– Before starting a project at work.
– First thing in the morning.
– Right before a seal hunt.
I started with the driving, which was easy enough. A few days later I stopped after meals. At first I’d be fighting the urge, but then after awhile eating ceased being a trigger.
The third I didn’t have to worry about, since we’re in our busiest season in terms of inquiries and whatnot. So really, anytime I started a project, it was in the midst of other chaos going on. When things did slow down, it took minimal effort.
Not smoking first thing in the morning was easy enough – I’d be too busy getting ready for work after I woke up, then had to get in the car, and since that was already eliminated as a “smoking time” it was just a matter of waiting until after all the early morning tasks were done at work. It got easier after day three.
Unfortunately, I found the only way to remove the trigger of a cigarette before a seal hunt/vicious clubbing was to stop hunting them. It was a tough decision, but one that had to be made. Jacques and Jean-Pierre were heartbroken; their frozen tears adorning their Arctic wear and thick handlebar mustaches. Poor seal-clubbing bastards.
I found doing this gradually decreased my cravings, and it got me to the point where I was down to half a pack a day. By the time the free patches (courtesy the New York State Smoker’s Quitline) arrived, I was ready to get on that horse.
For the laziest of readers, a direct link to the free medications provided. As a note, you have to meet certain requirements, the most important being a New York State resident.
I figured in applying the patch I’d keep up my practice of not doing it first thing in the morning, and instead waited until an hour and a half into my workday to apply it. No problems encountered on my end. At this point it’s been over a full 24 hours since my last cigarette. I’m not sure if the patch is actually administering heavy doses of nicotine or if it’s simply having a placebo effect, but the important thing is that it’s working.
My only gripe, really, is with the pharmaceutical industry. There’s a reason why you only get your first 14 days of the patch for free from New York State: the shit’s expensive! At any level (12mg, 14mg, and 7mg) it’s in excess of $50 for 14-day supplies. I’m going to pay it, because the long-term benefits in terms of health and finances are worth it, but my cynical side can’t help but note that it’s almost the cost of a carton of cigarettes. You not only get overcharged when you’re sick, but also when you’re not sick but taking active steps to get healthier.
It’s just a band-aid dipped in liquid nicotine, for crying out loud.
Ah, well. They milk my ass and get my dollar.
Tonight should be fun. One of the anticipated side-effects is “vivid dreams” or “nightmares.” Since I’ve already had some vivid dreams of late (not to be confused with dreams of Living Colour’s multi-platinum 1989 album “Vivid” – which includes a dream where you write a letter to your landlord to the tune of “Open Letter to a Landlord”), I’m not too worried. That bad boy’s staying on. Maybe I can start a DREAM DIARY!
Nah, that’s gay.
BONUS: Otis Redding performs “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)” at the Monterey Pop festival. I post this only because I found myself singing this the other day, and it’s one of my favorite musical performances ever caught on film. One of my favorite songs, to boot.
Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzOhq3u4Oiw