The Struggle

My life, like pretty much everyone’s, has been full of ups and downs. Triumphs and tragedies. Successes and sadness. The last week or so has been one of the toughest in my life.

Yes, I’m off caffeine.

Good lord is it difficult.

Until yesterday I had been plagued by headaches when my body realized, mid-morning, that no caffeine would be flooding my system.

I am at a loss at what to do in the mornings, as brewing and enjoying coffee has been part of my routine since I left the corporate world a decade ago.

And then there are the afternoon yawns. Even with caffeine I struggled in the late afternoons when my energy lags. The last week has been even worse. I took two of the girls to the pool yesterday and kept nodding off while trying to read. At least I didn’t wake up with drool running down my chin and kids pointing at me and laughing.

I would love to have avoided this. But coffee, and caffeinated beverages in general, have been causing me some health issues for several months. I’ve experimented with tea instead of coffee most days since the spring. But even with that change the issues were only scaled back slightly. So I figured I’d give the caffeine-free thing a shot and see if anything changed. The early results are slightly better, but not as much as I would have liked. Which could be a blessing. If the caffeinated beverages only increase the symptoms rather than cause them, I can go back to chugging tons of coffee each morning, right?

I guess I shouldn’t give myself that kind of hope. The headaches are becoming weaker. I’ve yet to pop any Advil today, so perhaps my body is detoxed. Then again, I drank some Milk Chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast this morning, which I’m assuming as a little caffeine in it. But no other issues. So perhaps that will be my new morning routine. It’s not quite as fun as brewing a pot of French Press and drinking it for half an hour.

This is right up there with parenting a two-year-old when it comes to difficult things I’ve had to get through. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

1 Comment

  1. Stace

    Yay!!! Comments! I too tried to detox from caffeine while I was pregnant. Then I decided staying awake at my desk was more important. If it makes you feel better though, you could always switch to decaf and have your routine. But mostly, I wanted to say Yay!!! Comments!

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