I'm on day four of Nicoderm CQ, the nicotine patch. So far, so good. I've had a few cigarettes since Sunday, but nothing major.
The biggest problem that I've found with the patch is this: it stops the nicotine craving, but it doesn't make you not want to smoke. Which seems odd, but if you've given up cigarettes before, you know what I mean. It's not so much the "ohgodIreallywantnicotinegivemesomenownownow". It's the "wow, okay, normally I would go outside for six or seven minutes and smoke...what do I do now?" (And not to mention the general social implications of not being with the smoking crowd anymore.)
Don't get me wrong, I'm liking it. I definitely like this more than chewing Nicorette. I get a nice, steady stream of nicotine in my system; I don't have to remember to have the gum with me at all times; and I don't have to chew gum so much that my jaw hurts. But still, it's just weird.
Although last night, I think I had my first batch of "vivid dreams" the box warned me about, which made sleeping rather difficult. Hell, one dream managed to continue, even after I woke myself up...twice! So, I guess I will see if the dreams continue, and if so, stop wearing the patch at night.
And only 9½ more weeks to go on the program. Whoo.