Well, I totally forgot to mark an anniversary last month. Luckily, the only person who could get pissed at me about forgetting is me, and I'm pretty forgiving.
January 2000 - I quit smoking.
January 2005 - I'm still not smoking.
So I'm 5 years clean and sober (err..."sober" might be a bit strong of a word) and I'm really very happy about it.
According to Healthecommunities.org the timeline for post-smoking recovery goes something like this:
• Blood pressure drops to normal
• Pulse rate drops to normal
• Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal
• Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
• Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
• Chance of heart attack decreases
• Nerve endings start regrowing
• Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS
• Circulation improves
• Walking becomes easier
• Lung function increases up to 30 percent
1 TO 9 MONTHS
• Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease
• Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection
• Body's overall energy increases
• Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker
• Lung cancer death rate for an average former smoker (one pack a day) decreases by almost half
• Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker five to 15 years after quitting
• Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, and esophagus is half that of a smoker's
My future milestones include:
• Lung cancer death rate is similar to that of a non-smoker
• Precancerous cells are replaced
• Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, cervix, and pancreas decreases
• Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker
Yay for me! Ok, enough self-serving babble.