I really can’t express enough how glad I am to finally be finished with Chantix. I was fortunate to not experience any negative side effects beyond a few really nasty dreams and three months without any truly restful sleep. On a whim, I decided to check out my stress levels as recorded by my Garmin tracker and compare the two periods, and the difference is staggering.
This first image compares my stress levels on average Wednesdays. On the left are my stress levels while I was on Chantix. Levels on the right are about one week after finishing it.
And here are similar stats but from two different Sundays, which are largely spent hanging out on the couch with the cats. Again the left is while on Chantix, the right is about a week after finishing.
So, yeah. I’m not just imagining feeling better. But it’s nice to have that visual proof as well. And it certainly helps explain how “on edge” I felt for those three months. While I’m sure some of that was simply from quitting smoking, I think the medication had a lot to do with it as well.
Also this past weekend I spent a lot of time cleaning up and rearranging my laundry room. When I moved into the house almost two years ago, that was the “throw it in there and deal with it later” room. I kept meaning to get around to reorganizing it but just kept… not. To complicate matters when Wes was sick earlier this year, he apparently started peeing on the utility shelves in the corner. Which I did not realize until it got warm and began to bake said pee into whatever was there.
I had taken a half day at work on Friday and wasn’t sure what to do with myself when the bug to do something about that room finally bit. Mostly because it’s not air conditioned and those damn shelves were making the whole house smell like cat pee as the room heated up during the day. So I cleared off and disinfected the shelves, then pulled back the rug so I could move the shelves out and clean behind them. That was when I discovered that Wes had also peed on the rugs. A lot.* So those went out to the dumpster – because ew – and Project: Organize The Shelves suddenly became Project: Reorganize The Laundry Room And Mop All The Things, which took pretty much all afternoon and evening.
So here’s the fun part: before and after pictures!
Most of the boxes on those bottom two shelves in the “after” photo are empty. They’re just filling space to hopefully keep Wes from trying to pee there again. Over the weekend, I also ended up taking 47 pounds of paper (those boxes on the left side of “before”) to be shredded. The room already feels way better, and no longer reeks of cat pee.
I still have to organize the tool table, which is located behind the door and is not pictured. Most of that stuff will likely go into the white cabinets in the photos, which I also cleared out of a bunch of junk that was left by the previous homeowners. Also not pictured is the massive box of “donation” stuff which has been sitting in there since I unpacked after the move, waiting for me to re-pack it into smaller, more manageable boxes and get it out of the house. And I’d like to move a bunch of drums and stuff from the music room onto those corner shelves. But those are maybe projects for this weekend.
*None of your stuff got peed on, Daphna. I checked.