I'm back. Still smoking regularly, but still in the closet to my kids and most of the public. After nearly four months of daily smoking, including at least 6 per day at work, I have still not had a conversation with any of my non-smoking coworkers, even though they have obviously smelled it. It really does demonstrate how little the rest of the world cares about this smoking thing.
I had a bit of a scare a few weeks ago when I had a inflamed pappai (sp?) on my tongue. My ENT doc gave me some special prescription mouthwash and it went away in a few days, but it sure did cause me to think about moderating my smoking. (In all likelihood, the irritation was caused by my drainage from my sinuses, which had been pretty extensive in the days leading up to the white bump on my tongue. From now on, when it gets that bad, I am going to cut down quite a bit (and I have, thankfully).
Yet another odd thing is that I began having this unpleasant coating on my tongue to the extent that it made my smoking of regular cigarettes rather unpleasant. My doc said it is not uncommon for smokers to have this -- it is a combination of sinus drainage and skin tissue. I decided to try smoking menthols to see if that helped. And it has made the aftertaste much less unpleasant.
I dont' really like menthols, but after three weeks of smoking them, I am getting used to it. IT also seems to have lessened the sinus drainage and throat clearing to some extent.
I've stopped counting cigarettes as much. I am instead just counting the packs I've smoked since the day I made the decision to change my smoking ways. This is largely due to my desire to not focus so much on smoking X number of cigs per day, but instead just smoke as I feel. I am on my 68th pack in 14 weeks.
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