Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Love the One You're With

As our Tuesday commences, I see the topic for today's blog is: One thing you or a Loved one does spectacularly.

Well, mines a little different. I tend to forget when my pump is getting low. And I don't always check two hours after I eat. My A1C is better, but not perfect. My sensor, well, I am in between good and bad with that. But diabetes has changed me, for the better. BIG TIME.

On the 26 of this month, it will be five months since I quit smoking. I smoked for fifteen years and loved it. I loved the socialization, I loved the feel, I even loved the smell some times. But when I read all the complications with Diabetes that stem from smoking, I couldn't ignore it. Heart risk!? Circulation problems!? LIMB AMPUTATIONS!!!!???? No, thank you.

So, I started in October and gradually decreased how much I was smoking. I started at a pack and a half a day. Yes, I was smoking 30 cigarettes a day when I decided I didn't need to be any more. But I went to 10 immediately- a huge cutback. Then the next week, I smoked nine a day. Then 8. And so on and so on. I did have to do the 1 cigarette a day for two weeks. I just couldn't give it up right before Christmas. 

My last cigarette was December 26, 2011. I feel better. I don't get sick as often. My numbers are good. My circulation is better. And I don't smell like an ashtray. I think about smoking some days, but then I just remember how much I love my feet. 

I have to admit, some times I take deep breaths when a smoker is near by, but it will never be worth one more puff. 


  1. Congratulations on quitting! I know that takes a lot of work and will power.

  2. Congratulations!

  3. Good job! Slow & steady, and I believe it's for real...you won't go back.

  4. Woot!

    I think you and George/Ninjabetic (he smoked forever too) said the same thing about loving smoking but loving your feet more. I'd agree.

    And the rest of us thank you for not smelling like an ashtray anymore!