I have been coming here reading for the past couple of months, been doing that thinking thing. My health these days is not going great, I have been diagnosed with hyperthyoid and my eyes are starting to protrude, which could be part of the condition. However through lots of reading, it has been indicated that smoking can contribute to this disease. So three weeks ago I picked a quit date. Starting on Monday, March 19 I will be taking Zyban, I took it three years ago when it first came out, it worked for me, however one day I thought just one wouldn't hurt, well here I am three years later....
My quit date is April 1, 2001 and yes it was pointed out to me that it is April's Fool Day, however at the time I didn't realize it. My youngest who is 11 told me that he will be very sad if that is a April joke. I have told him that not to worry.
I do have concerns about the whole combination of quitting and I could be going on thyroid medication very close together, however I felt that I should just do. Especially the weight issue, both the quit and thryoid medication will increase my weight, however mentally I think I am prepared.
I'm with Lori - we'll be here for you! I also read the postings for awhile before I decided to join the healthboards - that "thinking thing" as you call it. You might be surprised at how many health conditions are contributed to (in a negative way) by smoking - I have read up a lot on it and I'm sure there are many more I'm not aware of. I didn't know about the thryoid one but I have osteoarthritis in my thumb joints and I found out that smoking is one of the things I need to avoid for that problem. You might want to check out the websites Lori listed in one of her posts if you haven't already. Good luck and keep us posted!
Thank you all for all the words of encouragement. I just know that this time is the time. I am already beginning to feel that I am smoking just to smoke, not really actually wanting it, this I feel is a good sign.
I will be coming around more often very soon for the support and also to lend support. Work is kinda crazy and should be slowing down.