New Neighbors, Pain Relief, and Trying to Get Motivated.

I haven’t posted lately because my meds have me knocked out. But, with new meds comes relief from the ever grinding, relentless pain. Remember when I posted about giving my pain a number? Well, I can honestly say that this makes it easier to pick a number. I am not in agonizing pain all day and my mood is improving dramatically because of it. I able to load the whole dishwasher, do some laundry (a light load), fold clothes, clean the bathroom, tidy the house a little… you know, feel useful and like I am doing something. I didn’t complete everything all in one round but hey, anything is better than sitting and playing online all day!

Now that I am on the right meds (Gabapentin, 800 mg of ibuprofen, and Methocarbomal) I can totally tell the nerve pain from the muscle spasm pain and arthritis pain. VERY different. Continue reading

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Still Working on the Webcam! Oh and BEADS!

I’m working on getting the webcam to look okay when I record, that way it doesn’t look really grainy. I figure that eventually it will start coming together. I tried my other camera out but it sounds like an old style modem when I play it back. I am not sure what that is all about!

I’ll get it figured out though. I am up to 37 beads in my jar! You know what that means? I haven’t smoked a tobacco product in 37 days! I still have cravings but they don’t last very long at all. They are pretty strong cravings but if I can keep myself busy for about three minutes, they go away. I know this because I played bomboozle on three-minute mode and by the time I am done blowing up some blobs, my craving is gone.

And now, I am off to try to get some more light in here! Hoping to have a video up by tomorrow afternoon (mountain time).

Not Smoking Day 7

I finished the Tobacco Seminar. My quit day was February 14 because it was a Friday, right before the weekend.  I didn’t have appointments or anything else important going on so I could be a hermit.

I decided on an e-cig to help with the really bad cravings. Everyone else in the class seems to have a plan of things to help them quit and I was having a lot of issues going cold turkey. We learned that there is a nicotine inhaler to help you quit smoking. It’s basically, an e-cig. I have an e-cig and four cartridges. I can’t afford another prescription… so I picked the e-cig to help me with quitting, not to act as a replacement. I use it like they want you to use the nicotine inhaler (I read those directions).

I’m using it LESS than I thought I would. I thought I’d have killer cravings and puff off it a lot. But I am only taking 2-4 puffs (and I DO count them) somewhere between 4 and six times a day. Day three was my worst day with 3 to 6 puffs ten times that day. The rest fall within 2-4 puffs between 4 and six times a day. I am doing awesome!

Each morning, right after I wake up, pee, and make coffee; I go to my jar. My “fresh air” jar has one bead in it for each day that I have not smoked. I put the bead in the jar in the morning to remind me of what day I am on, remind me of how far I have come before I slip up and smoke again, and to remind me that there is something else that I can do to kill time and busy my hands. I can make beads. Today, I have seven beads in my jar. I feel so accomplished!

Here’s the kicker. If I mess up and smoke a real cigarette, cigar, or tobacco product, I will have to empty the jar and start over. Talk about motivation! I seriously thought about not doing it if I have a slip (only smoke 1 cig and then not do it again) but I really think I could see myself using that as an excuse to slip up. So… NO real cigs! I MUST NOT smoke or the jar gets emptied! And now, for your viewing pleasure… my jar of beads…

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My seven beads indicating one day of fresh air. I am so proud of myself right now 🙂