It may not seem like much but I have to stop drinking coffee. Like altogether. I figured this out two weeks ago. My body has bee intensely disinterested in working with me on getting food in and not being sick. I tried lots of medicines, including an antidepressant since there is seretonin in the gut and the doctor thought it would help. It helped a little, I admit. My husband also reports that I am less cranky and less bubbly when I take it. But after a month or so, the benefits dwindled and I have been back to potatoes and rice and bland things for awhile. What other possible irritant could I possibly give up?
*Groan* I wish I hadn't asked.
So what the heck. I have stopped drinking coffee, except for one cup a day. I split that into two half cups, or rather two half-caff cups. I've started drinking loads of tea, which not only helps but keeps me hydrated. I've had muscle tension, headaches, pain, crankiness and days where I feel like I'm going to pass out from fatigue. In coming off of my addiction, I've had this fogginess about me, like the world is moving faster than I can keep up with.
Pretty severe addiction, huh?
I have been drinking coffee since I was 11. That's 29 years. About 20 of those years have been about 2 pots a day. Not cups, pots. I've stuck with it through ulcers and a year of this colitis business. Wanna see me without coffee?
|See the ruby in her mouth?|
My other English classes are going well too. In one assignment, my students were to summarize an article that they chose. Preferably something interesting, academic and in their field of study. The student above was talking about a peer-reviewed article from the Library database on orgasm in contemporary romance novels. She said she couldn't help but have fun with the title. I took a picture and put it up on Facebook. Can't help it.
On the 21st, I'm heading off to Boston to present at the National Council of Teachers of English conference. I'll connect with my Oklahoma teacher friends and attend seminars and probably get a good look at Boston. I like it there, but it'll be cold in November! I may have to stay inside a nice, warm museum or something...
Wish me luck- pretty soon I'm going to wean off of caffeine altogether, forever. For some reason that looms over me like a cartoon monster. On the other hand- ice cream.