I am finally home from the Mayo Clinic. I went there as a work trip to learn how to be a tobacco cessation specialist. The training consisted of 5 days of lecture and tours of the Mayo Clinic to learn about all things tobacco. I learned some new things along the way, as well as heard lots of stuff I already knew.
For starters, here are the things that I knew but it was nice to hear again:
-tobacco use is an addiction. There are little receptors in the brain that get stimulated when you smoke a cigarette or chew. These receptors have memory, so they remember what it was like to get some nicotine, and they crave more.
-Most people have many attempts to quit smoking before they actually succeed.
– People don’t like to be hassled about quitting smoking (can you imagine?!). Stop hassling people and start having real helpful conversations.
-There are a lot of nicotine replacement out there that can help people quit smoking.
Here are the things that surprised me:
-Cigarettes are designed to be the most efficient nicotine delivery device know. It takes 5 heartbeats to get nicotine in from the lungs into the arteries and into your brain, this is why it is so addictive.
-Nicotine replacement (patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler, nasal spray) goes through the venous system or the oral membranes and so it takes much longer.
-You need to have much higher doses of nicotine replacement than we are giving (this blew me away!). So, the next time someone says “yeah, I tried the patch and it did not work”, it likely didn’t because they didn’t have a high enough dose.
I had such a great time in Rochester. On both my flights there and back, I sat in row 5a on the planes. Weird, right?! I stopped through Chicago O’Hare and had such a great time there. Once I was in Rochester, I ate at several great restaurants. If you are ever in the area, you need to go to Victoria’s and Newts. They are the best. At Victoria’s, I had the Chicken Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli which was to die for. I could eat that every night. The awesome thing about Victoria’s was that they had a gluten-free menu. I am not personally gluten-free, but it’s nice to see menus that feature this. At Newts, I tried the peanut butter burger which sounds really gross but is phenomenal! Try it! Here were other crazy things on the menu!
On Thursday I started getting sick with nasal congestion and all around fatigue. By Friday night the return trip was miserable and all I wanted to do was sleep. I spent all day Saturday sleeping in my jammies. On Sunday, Nathan and I went to Frankenmuth to the Bavarian Inn for Nathan’s grandpa’s birthday and had a great time. Today is Monday and I have taken the day off, so all I am doing is sitting in my lounge chair sleeping. Its wonderful. I hope all of you had a great weekend.