Cigarettes & pneumonia

When I was recovering from my recent bout with pneumonia, one of the doctors I saw at the hospital told me my smoking cigarettes at age 74 made me vulnerable to the bacterial version of the disease. And that I would continue to be vulnerable to it the longer I smoked. Until it finally killed me.

So in the three weeks—including one of coughing before I came down with pneumonia and the two weeks since recovering, I have had less than one pack of cigarettes. And I was only drawing the smoke in my mouth and blowing it out again. I didn’t start inhaling again until yesterday.

Which ended in a fit of coughing. I have a Nicoderm patch packet but haven’t used it yet. I think it’s the act of inhaling that I miss rather than the nicotine per se. But my lungs won’t let me do it any more without a penalty of coughing. Am I going to quit entirely? I hope so but really can’t say just yet.

4 responses to “Cigarettes & pneumonia

  1. Sennacherib

    It’s a bear to quit. It takes 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months, and 3 years. 3 days to quit the buzzing and worst jone’s, 3 weeks to quit having withdrawals, 3 months to start forgetting about the cigs, and 3 years for your lungs to come back.
    I quit a 3 pack a day (marlboro reds) habit, it was hard. Good luck!

  2. Can’t imagine a 3-pack a day habit. I was at half a pack a day and I still got pneumonia, My lungs were weaker or I’m older I guess.

  3. Sennacherib

    “My lungs were weaker or I’m older I guess.”
    Hah! No you’re just smarter than I was.

  4. Keeping fingers crossed for your success. I only wish…