Jun 18 2016

Just popping in

Hi All, long time no see! Hope you're all still doing well. Life is changing for me at the moment. I have new glasses, a new car, a new job starting soon and a new drivers license (well a renewed one with a new photo with me 30kgs lighter in it anyway!). Still having a few issues with feeling sick but I have much improved since last year.

Just wanted to say that I think of all of my quit buddies often even though I don't visit this site much anymore.

Keep strong guys!

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Jan 25 2016

Stats Update 1095 days smokefree 3 Years

Smokefree days: 1095 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 27375
Total savings: $23,323.50

Woooo! look at the savings! and that was at the old prices! Hope everyone is well in Quitland. I'm finding myself on this site less and less but I often think of all my Quitbuddies. Hope you're all well and still going strong :)

For those starting out - It can be done (no I didn't believe that either but here I am) and for me distraction and this blog were a big help. If you slip, dust yourself off and get back up on that horse again. Nothing good is ever that easy to get :) And being free of those nasty things is soooo good!

DL xxx
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Aug 14 2015

Some inspirational quotes for the day

I found some gems today:

"Life is like a roller coaster. It has it's ups and downs but it's your choice whether to scream or enjoy the ride"

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that we used to create them" - Albert Einstein

"Keep your face in the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do." - Helen Keller

"If plan A doesn't work, don't worry - there are 25 more letters in the alphabet!"

"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore faith in yourself" - Lucille Ball

"Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure"

"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step"

"When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen"

and finally... "Shake it off" - Taylor Swift.

Have a great Friday everyone :)
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Jul 30 2015

Our Future

"The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."
Abraham Lincoln

Nice quote for the day I thought and very apt for us quitters :)

Have a great day everyone
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Jul 15 2015

Health Update No 3

Hi Guys,

I notice a few of you asked after my health on my 900 days blog yesterday. So, an update...

I had a follow up appointment with the Gastroenterologist yesterday. Not much joy really. After numerous scans and tests for which I have paid over a thousand bucks (and that's just the 20% of the full costs that isn't covered by my health insurance) they have worked out that indeed I do have a freaky pancreas (Pancreas Divism - a birth defect) but they don't reckon that this is what is making me ill!

Arrrrgh, so I'm back to square one. Still feeling sick pretty much every day and losing weight (now 51 kgs - I used to be almost 80 kgs about 15 years ago!- I'm 5 ft 2 almost) Great, so I've paid a thousand bucks for you to tell me what it isn't! Basically he didn't really have an answer for me about why I am getting sick. He says that some people just have their system "get out of kilter" as he put it. He ended up chatting to me for about 5-10 mins then just sent me away for a blood test to check my iron levels and B12 vitamin levels. I paid another $130 just to talk to him!

So, duly had the blood test this morning - stupid veins - two arms punctured to get my blood out. Now waiting on More results. Story of my life and I'm no further ahead. He suggested me going on the drug Amitriptiline so not sure whether he thinks I'm depressed now (I'm not) or whether this drug is good for other stuff too. I thought it was mostly used as an anti-depressant. I have some at home already as my GP tried to give me that ages ago and I ended up swapping to something else so I still have them at home. From memory they made me a bit agitated but drowsy at the same time which wasn't good so I stopped taking them. Stupid Gastro guy ignored me when I told him this. I don't think I will be going back to him somehow.

So, my next plan is to get my usual meds that do help a little from the doctor - anti nausea pills etc and maybe also try those pills I have seen on TV - Inner Health Plus - probiotic tablets for the tummy. If my digestive system is all confused perhaps these will help with my tummy bacteria and balance it out - More good bacteria than bad ones. I dunno but it's worth a try - Doctors are not helping me at the moment, that's all I know. Gonna try and just think positive and heal myself. I have been eating really healthy as my hubby is trying to lose a bit of weight to take pressure off his hip - he needs a replacement hip but wants to wait another 10 years at least before he gets it done as he's only 50 and doesn't want to end up having to get this done twice - he hates hospitals. I need to also try something to loosen up my sore back, maybe Pilates or something to get a bit more limber. I'm a bit unfit and feeling sick to start into anything too strenuous at the moment so I thought that may be a good start. Just can't afford it yet after all those tests and my recent dental work on the gold crown which I'm still paying off.

I did get a "second opinion" from a retired Doctor friend that I have - she's 79 but still as sharp as a tack. She logged into "medscape" which is a special website doctors can log into to find research articles etc. Her feeling is that my Pancreas sometimes works and sometimes doesn't - which is when I get the sweet taste in my mouth (Pancreas not producing enough insulin) and I start feeling sick (Pancreatic duct - which is the bit which is deformed, not joined - narrowing and/or blocking causing a Pancreatitis attack). She also mentioned that my system might be all out of whack but because of the Pancreas thing. I agree with her but hey - I'm not a doctor - what do I know? I just know it's really frustrating feeling so sick when you are the sole breadwinner in a low income family. I gotta work and this affects my life significantly on a daily basis. They don't seem to be taking me very seriously as on paper all their tests are coming back ok. I guess it's not them hanging over the toilet every morning so the gravity of my situation is somewhat lost on them..

So, there it is - in Limbo again. On the good news front, I have saved and saved each week (which is hard on one income but easier when you don't spend money on smokes) and I booked tickets for me, my hubby and my youngest daughter (who willl be 17 this year) to go to Aussie (Gold coast, Brisbane, Labrador) for Christmas and stay with hubby's sister and family. Looking forward to that. (And yes I will be getting travel insurance in case I get sick over there!, lol) so at least something to look forward to. I'm over being sick. I'm over doctors and hospital stays too. Enough of my whinging. Time to help myself and think positive!

Have a great day everyone.
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Jul 14 2015

Stats Update 900 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 900 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 22500
Total savings: $19,170.00

Nice round numbers today on my stats, I like the look of those. I can't find all the money I saved though...lol
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Jul 2 2015

Stats Update 888 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 888 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 22200
Total savings: $18,914.40

One more milestone...Three Fat Ladies! (or three snowmen). Woo hoo!
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Jun 24 2015

Stats Update 880 days smokefree

Smokefree days: 880 days
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 22000
Total savings: $18,744.00

Nice round numbers on my stats today I thought. Still no results from the MRI and MRCP scans on my pancreas. Sorry I haven't been commenting much I have been unwell again. I am reading the blogs when I can though.

Hang in there folks!
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Jun 3 2015


Wow the rain today in Dunedin is epic! The entire park and roundabout across from my work has flooded. Has turned to a lake with rapids! Heaps of roads closed. I feel sorry for the smokers standing out there today. We have no shelter for them anywhere around my work so they are forced to cower under the eaves of the front door. Glad that's not me anymore!
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May 15 2015

Another Health Update

So, all the doctor dudes may have finally found out what is causing me to feel sick constantly and have those nasty attacks of vomiting. The CT Scan results came back and they now want to do a special type of scan on me (MRCP) to look closer at my pancreas. Apparently they think I have something called Pancreas Divism.

See this website if you're curious: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000247.htm

Essentially I have been having pancreatitis attacks because my little duct (tube) to the pancreas has a birth defect and hasn't formed properly. Digestive enzymes etc are going where they shouldn't oughtta go and that is what is making me feel ill. The attacks are when the duct gets blocked and I get pancreatitis. Sounds like it's an easy fix though. They just put a little stent in the tube or sew it up together properly and it should be fine. If I leave it though you can get tissue damage in the pancreas and that's not good. I guess this new scan will see exactly what it's looking like and they will decide on the appropriate treatment for me. If there is damage they might have to open me up and do an op to fix it but hopefully just the tube down the tummy and chuck in a stent. At least I know what it is (we think). I'm so over feeling sick all the time. It's like when I had extremely bad morning sickness except there's no baby reward at the end of it! lol

Oh well at least it has killed any thoughts of smoking a ciggy. I never have thoughts of smoking when I'm feeling sick and that is a lot these days!

Have a great smokefree day peeps! You're all doing great :) Trash the Ash!
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