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Re: quitting smoking

Postby DavidS » Thu Jun 30, 2005 1:42 pm

The following appeared in the Reader's Digest (groan! groan!) many years ago:
A tobacco company was interested in filming an old man who was still a heavy smoker, in order to prove that the habit is not always harmful. They found a 90-year-old 40-a-day man nearby and he agreed on a day to come to the movie set to do the film. They wanted him to come in at 9:00 am to get started, but he would not hear of anything before 4 pm. When they asked him what he found so difficult about getting up earlier in the day, he answered: "Oh, I get up bright and early every morning at 6:30 am, but it takes me till 4:00 pm to stop coughing!"
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby monkeymd2b » Thu Jun 30, 2005 9:55 pm

I actually found a really cool ad from a magazine in the 40s at an antique store with the following text:
More Doctors Smoke Camels than any other cigarette!
Yes, your doctor was asked. Nothing unusual about it. Doctors smoke for the pleasure just like the rest of us. They appreciate, just as you, a mildness that's cool and easy on the throat. They too enjoy the full, rich flavor of expertly blended costlier tobaccos.

The funniest part is that there's pictures of doctors with patients and then one with a doc just sitting back enjoying his cigarette. But the best picture is the one with the doc smoking a cigarette and looking at a petrie dish. It cracked me up so I bought it. It must have been an ad on the back of a magazine because the address for a doctor is stamped on the lower corner.

Well, tomorrow's the big day. First day introducing myself to patients and others as Dr. Of course, my patients in the hospital will be kids, sadly many of them may be taller than me. But due to parking issues and other legality issues, I have paperwork junk to take care of before I get to do anything fun, like work my ass off for the next 3 years. Clinic for this month is every tuesday afternoon and in the beginning I get an hour to see my patient, precept, then write my note. And since all my patients will be new patients, except for those that I inherit, I need that extra time to get all the medical and other info about my patient - and you know, establish rapport as I'm asking tons of questions that will seem irrelevant to the person coming in for seasonal allergies.
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby DavidS » Thu Jun 30, 2005 10:12 pm

Dr. Jones: "Mr. Smith, I really must entreat you to stop smoking, or else!"
Mr. Smith: "But Dr. Jones, how can you give me an order like that when you yourself are such a heavy smoker?"
Dr. Jones: "Unlike you, I have nobody to order me to stop!"
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby bacchus » Fri Jul 01, 2005 9:39 pm

It's been 2 years now since I quit smoking. Used the patch. But nothing will work if you really don't want to quit. 4 grandkids were the trigger for me. I still dream of having a cig. Strange.
Smoked 2 packs a day for 30 years. Now, of course, I smell anyone who smokes and am glad I no longer smell that way. Keep at it, Lioness!
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby Schmeelkie » Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:15 am

FYI - my uncle got a new lung this weekend! They said the first three days are critical - he got the lung on Saturday, so it looks like he should be out of the woods! Yeah! Doctors said it should give him another 10 years. :-)
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby piqaboo » Tue Jul 05, 2005 6:27 pm

Good luck to your uncle!
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby lioness » Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:57 am

whaaazzzuup all?? :D :D
yes, with all that has happened, i am still....
SMOKE FREE!!!
and... might i add... it's been more than 2 months and i feel terrific!!!

thank you for all your concern. i miss you guys. i have been taking it easy. by easy i mean doing the things I want to do.

we went back country camping this weekend into the rockies. would never have had the stamina of 25+ pounds on my back and hiking if i still smoked.

going to CA in 2 weeks. setting another trip next month to the mid west. in the mid autum i want to visit NY. through out all of this i am writing music like crazy! it's my time right now and i am taking full advantage of it while it's here!


barfle... nice halibut. i never knew they could be so large!!!
yes, i am still talking about the fish. :D :D


yes... good luck to your uncle, Schmeelkie. please do post back with an update.

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Re: quitting smoking

Postby piqaboo » Thu Jul 07, 2005 11:46 am

Good to hear from you, lady.
Enjoy all your travels!
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby mmichaelson » Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:27 pm

Great to hear from you lioness - drop me a line if your travels bring you this way!!

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Re: quitting smoking

Postby monkeymd2b » Mon Jul 11, 2005 12:23 am

Great job on staying smoke free and it sounds like your life is fun and exciting right now with traveling and writing.

If you're looking for fun stuff to do, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is lots of fun. And then you can do the million and one hikes in oregon. Okay, exaggeration but there are lots of enjoyable hikes in the NW...including "hikes" through vineyards of the Willamette Valley. Not quite Napa but I'm told equally tasty and enjoyable by friends who actually drink wine. And hey, then you can hike up the Hill to OHSU and rescue me from the sleepless nights of call I have yet to endure (6 more to go...the last one allowed me a whole 2 hours of sleep). I'll be slumped over with messy hair in the corner surrounded by pediatric patients running temps above 38.5 C and their nurses who insist on calling me an hour later to inform me that the tylenol worked. I think I'm a safer driver when I'm drunk compared to being post call...cause I still care when I'm drunk. (Note: i've never actually driven drunk because like I said, I still care). Nighty night!
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby DavidS » Mon Jul 11, 2005 1:21 am

[quote]Originally posted by lioness:
[b] i thought something smelt bad over here! :)
BTW, have you experienced an improvement in your sense of smell?
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby barfle » Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:48 am

Good to hear from you again, lioness, and I'm glad you're still off the butts.

I'm sure I've said this before, but occasionally I think I want a drag off a cigarette, but by this time, it only takes about ten seconds for that feeling to pass.

I think that's as close to cured as you can get.
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby lioness » Fri Aug 12, 2005 1:42 pm

hello to you all!!

we are back from our crazy adventure to the left coast. much did not go as planned including slashed jeep tires and a broken toe. :D :D :D

yeah, baby!!!
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby Marye » Fri Aug 12, 2005 2:01 pm

Great success, lioness. Congratulations!
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby Shapley » Fri Aug 12, 2005 2:09 pm

Lioness,

Good job, and welcome back!

V/R
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby Trumpetmaster » Fri Aug 12, 2005 2:48 pm

Lioness,

Congratulations!!!!

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Re: quitting smoking

Postby BigJon@Work » Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:09 pm

Originally posted by lioness:
we are back from our crazy adventure to the left coast.
We? You and the cats?

Welcome back and congrats on the smoke-free streak. As for the toe, ouch!

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Re: quitting smoking

Postby bignaf » Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:12 pm

:) welcome back!
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby Serenity » Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:14 pm

Thanks for sharing some of that added time with us!
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Re: quitting smoking

Postby piqaboo » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:03 pm

That's a hunk of money saved, honey. Buys a lot of gas, even these days!
Good for you and your lungs.

C'mon back this way so we can try again to hook up.
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