So, they tell me I have to quit smoking--and since I actually do have impaired lungs now--whether it be from allergies, or having had to walk through the black smoke of a chemical fire caused by the super in the building I used to live in, having had to work right behind the site of the 911 attack almost right after it happened, inhaling that stench even on the street where I live, smoking for approx 50 years or more then likely a combination of all of the above-I agree, I have to stop smoking. But how is that supposed to happen I haven't a clue.
I have tried parches, gum,lozenges, and those plastic cigarettes--none of those work. I even tried some of the prescription medicines that are used--unfortunately they made me totally paranoid and the doctor told me never to try that again!! It has only been since Dec 2015 that my lungs started acting up---asthma---caused by allergies. Fine--allergens no longer in my apartment (I am not allergic to my cat thank heavens)-- I now have a brand new air conditioner in my bedroom. And through sheer will power have cut back on smoking--but I have to quit and the only thing that seems to work is hard candy, a lot of hard candy.
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Those three hospital stays really left the rest of me in a total mess. The prednisone they shot into my veins continuously has played havoc with my blood sugar. I'm just about getting that regulated again-but not totally--They also shot me up with Insulin (which backfired on them) my stomach and digestive system are really messed up--my skin is a disaster area--and I am on an inhaler which since I am now in the "donut hole" as the pharmacy called it--will cost me approx $250.00 a month until I'm on the other side of this hole--and I am semi retired. I can no longer clean so I also have the expense of someone coming in every two weeks to clean for me (worth every penny). Extra hospital and doctor bills. Oh--did I mention I am a stress smoker? At this point just thinking about stopping smoking is stressing me out.
I guess I could try to find some sugar free hard card that I like--but that has yet to happen. Eventually I will pay off those extra bills and that "donut hole" will close--(that med will then cost $47 a month)--I am seriously considering hypnosis!! At least that is non invasive--I will have to check to see if the insurance will cover that--
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