I know everyone has been looking forward to some new tutorials on Google AdWords, but I recently quit smoking, and unfortunately I developed what is called “The Quitters Flu”. I didn’t know this would happen when I decided to commit to quitting for good. All I can say is that I feel sick, and I have never felt so sick in my life. I would probably never have felt this way if I just kept smoking, but I know smoking is bad and is something that should be done.
I have been smoking almost half my life. I stated when I was 14 and now I am 27. I figure, smoking for almost 50% of your entire life as to do something to you permanently. At the very least you become dependant on it. Before I decided to quit smoking I could have never pictured myself a day without a smoke.
I had a discussion the other day with a buddy of mine, and he explained to me that I work so hard at mastering my life, hence my blog motto, How To Rule The World. He said, you are mastering everything around you, but you are not mastering yourself. Why do it, just to throw it all away due to an illness or the inevitable effects of smoking.
So therefore, I QUIT and the hard way too, Cold Turkey.
I was good for the first 24 hours, then around 48 hours in I began to feel sick with flu like symptoms. I thought I was coming down with something, but honestly, I have not had the flu since I was probably 8 years old. I have a rock solid immune system. I can be in a room full of people with the flu and walk out of there never getting sick. So I knew something was wrong. I started researching the effects of quitting and came across a few articles that mentioned the quitter’s flu. By my 72nd hour of not smoking all I could do is lay in bed. It reminded me of that scene in the Johnny Cash film Walk The Line, where Johnny Cash was locked in his room until he is sober. I was curled up in a ball, I broke out into a cold sweat and couldn’t sleep a wink. I felt like ripping my skin off and my bones and muscles were so sore all I could do is lay there and wish it would all stop.
Well, I am feeling better, but now I have developed this insane cough. All I do is cough all the time. I just wish something would come out. I cough so hard I want to puke, but normally I don’t. I cough at random moments, in the middle of talking, eating, driving, and even while I am sleeping. Last night alone I must have woken myself up at least once every hour to cough about 100 times into my pillow. I just coughed after finishing that last sentence…
Lastly I seem to be loosing my voice now… I can’t speak and half the time I feel like I’m yelling just to say a word. Then while I am trying to say something so hard, I end up squealing like I’m hitting puberty. It’s all really annoying, if you ask me. I hope I get over this fast.
Anyway, since all I do is cough all day long and can’t speak, I basically can’t make a video until this all ends. So for now, I will provide some other insights and thoughts via the good old text written article method.
For those of you who are interested, here are my QUIT SMOKING stats
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