Quit Date: 6/2/13
Posted January 2, 2015 · IP
We all have a moment or two (sometimes more) after quitting and see our former self in a smoker. We see a smoker doing something unbelievably ridiculous. Something that we as smokers, did or easily could have done. As a smoker, it would have have been impossible to realize or if we did realize, we just didn't care...the addiction was that powerful. I have lots of habits I buried with my smoker self. Was reminded of one today.
I took my grandmother out today, she needed some shopping done and had a quick check up at her oncologist's office. She is 89 and hard of hearing, with moderate COPD so she needs a little help. She had a basal cell carcinoma on her scalp removed and another was found and that was removed as well recently. She is in the clear, next check up not till the spring. Please wear sunscreen people, anything that is exposed to the sun needs protection.
Anyway, clearly I've run away from my point. We parked and turned around to the entrance of the oncology clinic. A woman leaving the clinic opened the door and lit up a cigarette. Never mind that you are on hospital grounds and no smoking is allowed. An oncology clinic, HELLO what are you thinking? Have you lost your ever loving mind? These thoughts and more raced through my head. As we approach the door, she hold the door open for us, blowing smoke right at us. I tried to be discreet in covering my nose and mouth. I have mild COPD that has been behaving very well since I quit smoking and refuse to breathe in smoke. Meanwhile, my grandmother has that constant cough and inside my head I am starting to fume that the woman holding the door blowing smoke in our faces just doesn't get it. Then again, she is an addict and won't understand until she is removed from the source.
Thing is, as a smoker none of that would seem strange to me. I did a lot to get my fix as a smoker, hiding behind bushes to smoke when I shouldn't have.
It made me think, what were your irrational behaviors as a smoker?
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