Sunday, December 28, 2008
I recently had what I self-diagnosed to be a mild virus. Symptoms? Brutal headache, body aches, shivering, always cold, lethargy and just plain old feeling like crap.
So way off with the diagnosis.
After three days, I finally clued in. I’d been starting my day with NO CAFFEINE!
I had been mistakenly making decaffeinated coffee and suffering from caffeine withdrawal - with only myself to blame. (Hate that.) In my defense, the decaf coffee can looks remarkably similar to the real coffee one I buy. And to those who knowingly drink and prefer decaffeinated coffee, I highly recommend Nabob’s brand. It tastes just like the real thing.
My son also suffered through some very slow days at work (sorry, kid) but since he has fewer caffeine addicted years under his belt, his withdrawal symptoms were not as severe.
My horrendous mistake would also explain:
a) the tremendous effort it took not to snarl at people
b) why I suddenly felt perkier after my late afternoon cup of (caffeinated) tea
c) my desire to drop all packages from my aching arms and sink to the floor in exhaustion at store check-out lines while shopping
My mistake was promptly remedied. After one mug of the good stuff I was back to my usual wired self – bloodstream and all vital organs once again functioning at full capacity.
My name is Beth Stewart and I am addicted to caffeine.