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Have I given up coffee?

December 31st, 2009 at 04:48 pm

I haven't had any coffee since I entered the hospital on the evening of December 13. I'm one of those people who can't go a day without coffee. I usually have several cups a day, and I REALLY enjoy it.

But I wonder if I should give it up. It's not good for my fibrocystic breasts (sorry guys); it's not good for getting to sleep at night; and maybe it has been contributing to, hmmmmm, an overactive bladder (sorry again).

By this time I am surely over any withdrawal effects.

I had a cup of herbal tea today; and while it was nothing like coffee, I could get used to it. If it would improve my health....

Funny how being injured makes you think about health all the time. Right now there is nothing I want more than health, strength, fitness ... and two working feet.

Rationally, I know I will walk again, maybe even run and jump. But emotionally, I feel like I am grounded for life. I don't know how people weather catastrophic injuries. It is so easy for your mind to prey on you. I admire people who are confined to wheelchairs and maintain a good attitude much more than I ever did before. I'm finding I really have to work at not being sad and blue.

Well, this is not finance-related at all, is it?

Tomorrow I will do my end-of-month and end-of-year totals. Hope to share some resolutions, too. I'm still thinking about them. I want them to be real and attainable.

6 Responses to “Have I given up coffee?”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    I think overall you may find that you feel better giving up coffee. DH gave it up for a while and he seemed to have a lot more engery. He picked it up again and now he's just a slug around here on days off. I'm not 100% certain coffee is the cause, but who knows? Hard for you to test this theory with that foot dragging you down though. Feel better soon!

  2. lizajane Says:

    It sounds like you may have quit without really thinking about it. Here's wishing you health in the new year!

  3. Analise Says:

    If coffee is your main source of caffeine, it would be good to at least cut back for the reasons you mentioned.

    You will walk and run again, so hang in there. Happy New Year!

  4. homebody Says:

    Caffeine causes costochrondritis, which is scary chest pain for me. I can drink 2/3 cup a day and I do!! I also have had problems in the past with fibrocystic disease, but only around my cycle and it has gotten much better too cutting back to 2/3 cup. You could always treat yourself to a decaf once in a while.

  5. fern Says:

    I had heard that fibroids tend to diminish after menopause anyway, don't they?

    If you want to replace coffee with something more healthy but still get the energy kick from the caffeine, try black, green or white tea. It offers many health benefits. I can't go without my 2 cups daily. Of course, you could always go with the decaf and still get the health benefits.

  6. baselle Says:

    I love coffee, but I know its just one cup and before 10:30 am or else I can't get to sleep. If you like the taste/smell of coffee (and I do), not much else can compare, but if you like how caffeine makes you feel, you might want to try yerba mate with a bit of sugar to cut the bitterness. The taste is very different from coffee, but the caffeine clarity from yerba mate is amazing. And yerba mate now comes in tea bags which can be used a couple of times. (Just thought I'd tie in the frugal here!)

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