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One of the unfortunate effects of a week of nausea = a flatlined… 
3rd-Jul-2009 03:15 pm
Caffeine problem
One of the unfortunate effects of a week of nausea = a flatlined caffeine tolerance.

I'm a pot-a-day girl. Hush. Fibro is a fatigue condition, and the Lyrica... let's just say that when people found out how much I was on, they were amazed that I was awake. Like, ever. So. Pot of coffee. Few cups in the morning, few in the afternoon, maybe one at night.

But this week... so nauseated that I could barely eat or drink at all, for swathes of the week. So coffee consumption went down to a cup or two a day.

So today, when I hit cup 3....

Full-on shaky freakout. Like I'd been mainlining espresso.


Am mostly back to normal now. But. I do not like this. Because, you see, coffee is not medicinal for me. Coffee is one the few pleasures I'm consistently able to indulge in. I like coffee. The smell, the taste...

I do not want to cut back on coffee.


And decaf is not coffee. So don't even.
3rd-Jul-2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Fear not! You can work your way back up to it! The addiction is on your side.
3rd-Jul-2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
ugh. as a fellow caffeine freak, you have my sympathies. :-(

Edited at 2009-07-03 07:43 pm (UTC)
3rd-Jul-2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Apologies for my posting coffee porn today then!
3rd-Jul-2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Coffee is so much love. Although lately I have developed an obsession with yerba mate extract - they make yerba mate energy shots with caffeine. Fibro fatigue occasionally runs screaming.

3rd-Jul-2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Or, you could see it as a good sign, that you no longer were requiring so much coffee to stay awake?
3rd-Jul-2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Nope... wasn't really staying awake. Or awake and functional. *rueful smile*
3rd-Jul-2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
3rd-Jul-2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
I am a freak -- the smell of coffee, beans and brewed product -- is one of the most horrible odors in the world for me.

So of course, I have just realized that a character is a coffee EVANGELIST.

I don't suppose you've ever written up a paean to coffee you can point me to, or know of anywhere on the web that really describes the wonders of coffee?

I flat out cannot drink coffee to get a sense of this lady -- it makes me ill.
3rd-Jul-2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Now that's a fun writing challenge.
3rd-Jul-2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
What kind of stuff are you looking for? Descriptions of different kinds of coffee, like you can find with wine, or someone to wax rhapsodic about drinking it in general?
4th-Jul-2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Honestly, I think I need both. I also need a basic primer on how one makes coffee, and what all the damn weird coffee drinks are.

I never wanted to KNOW about coffee! *wails!*
4th-Jul-2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
:) Ok, I have a good place for you to start, actually. It's Starbucks, which some people will poo-poo, but it's a good primer for what you're looking for. Start poking around here, and they have information on sourcing coffee, info on coffee from each different region including specific descriptions of the different blends and roasts, and instructions on grinding and making coffee. This'll at least give you most of the language you'd need and hopefully give you ideas of what else you might need to look up.

Hope it helps!
4th-Jul-2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
. . . I'm so used to people talking down Starbucks it never OCCURRED to me. *headdesk*

Thank you so much!!
4th-Jul-2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
I used to work there, so it was my first stop. :) No problem!
4th-Jul-2009 02:57 am (UTC)
And decaf is not coffee. So don't even.

If my attention span were OH LOOK A RUFOUS-SIDED TOWHEE any better, I'd be making this into an icon.
4th-Jul-2009 03:22 am (UTC)
"And decaf is not coffee. So don't even."
I SO totally agree with on that! And I have every confidence that you will get back to enjoying your coffee. I know I enjoy mine :)
4th-Jul-2009 03:34 am (UTC)
You know, a lot of your withdrawal symptoms may be made worse or even be completely due to caffeine withdrawal.
5th-Jul-2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Decaf is too coffee! Jeeze, some of us enjoy the ritual of brewing and drinking a hot beverage but don't want to be strung out on uppers. Why is that wrong?
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