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I can honestly say that I wish I'd never started smoking. Because even three months after quitting, every bad cold hangs around in my respiratory system. Some make me cough crap up. Others, like the bastard thing that's currently in my head, live in my sinuses.

So far I've snorted forth reddy-brown crap, yellowy-brown crap, and greeny-brown crap. I'll let you know when I get to bluey-brown crap.


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Feb. 8th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
alan has never smoked, though you wouldn't know when he gets a cold, hacks for weeks. he finds nasal spray useful dries his nose out and stops all the crap dripping down the back of his throat to be hacked up again
Feb. 8th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
I've been smoke free for 42 weeks. It does get better but the cold/flu floored me at Christmas.

It's the spot that I had a t the side of my mouth for 4 months that bugged the hell out of me!
Feb. 8th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
Well done on the 42 weeks.

Last time I quit, I made it almost a year (from France to hell with psycho boss). This time I'm doing better--no cravings at all. I'm only 16 weeks in, but I feel so much better even than last time.

Anything that gets in my respiratory system still fucks me up, though. I daresay that's me for life--my grandmother quit when I was born and still has problems whenever she gets a chest cold or a bad nose.
Feb. 8th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
16 weeks is great too!
I still occasionally get a craving for one. I've so far resisted and I've surprised myself with my will power.

I could just be that your immune system is reduced due to the combination of the stress of quitting combined with normal day to day stress and possibly given that your g.mother is susseptable to colds/flu that genetically your immune system is not as good as others. Is it your maternal grandmother by any chance?

I reccomend trying supplements of vitamin C or drinking fresh orange daily and eating lots of garlic (if you like it).
Feb. 8th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
I've been off them since the first week of September, and it still nags me when I get a cold, much worse than I remember from before I smoked. But it's getting better. I still want one, though, especially now that grad school looms again.

And I daresay that your grandmother had probably been smoking for a lot longer than you had. It may yet improve, you wheezy, hacking bastard. :P
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