Monday, December 31, 2012

a toast to Chantix and a year without smoking

New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, New Year’s wishes, New Year’s meals for good luck, yada yada. All the "Auld Lang Syne" hoopla was beyond haunting last year it was annoying.

All I wanted to know was how long did I have to live? Scanxiety went warp speed as “nodular density” became “spiculated nodule”.

For a lot of reasons, I had chosen to keep all this medical news and worries about lung cancer to myself. I was losing it as the Grim Reaper sat next to me while we surfed the Internet for answers, clutching my penny for the ferryman.

The flaw in my planned deception was our adult daughter who was living at home. I needed a ruse for any unusual emotional behavior like freaking out, crying, getting depressed or pacing the house all night.

Then I remembered Chantix and their TV commercials featuring allegedly everyday people with the most ominous product warnings since the atomic bomb. 
Important Safety Information: Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping Chantix
Ironically I even had a starter kit and three month supply laying around from a year ago when I almost started but a rash of news stories about heart attacks, and people dying from Chantix caused me to say. “fugetaboutit”. But now, well – as the Reaper pointed out I thought I was dying anyway, why not?

Sooooo I launched a new layer to my ruse sharing with my daughter that in case she noticed me acting ‘bat shit crazy’ that it was OK, I was starting Chantix to quit smoking as a New Year’s resolution.

We actually shared a well needed laugh as she reminded me of my more memorable ‘hall of fame wiggy moments’ during some of my previous unsuccessful attempts to quit over the years.

However I never got wiggy. In fact Chantix worked so well that in the first week where you are supposed to continue to smoke while the drug rewires your brain or something, I could not finish a pack of cigarettes. I had absolutely no desire to smoke. … I enjoyed smoking for decades and here in less than a week I was unable to smoke. --- Strange but true!

Nor did I use the suggested dosage or take for the suggested time, as I found it difficult to sleep taking Chantix twice a day. I still have no desire to smoke but truth be told I do enjoy walking slowly by smokers J

I doubt the above is the kind of real Chantix story you will ever see on a TV commercial but I, for one, will raise a personal toast to Chantix this New Year's Eve and a year without smoking. 

related: quitting smoking is not going to cure lung cancer

Patrick Leer
Caregivingly Yours, MS Caregiver @

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