March 12, 2009

Caffeine Headache

Posted in Random Thoughts at 11:11 pm by timin525

I had THE worst headache today! Normally I wake up and make a 32oz caraffe of coffee with the French press my parents gave me. I used to try to make only 16oz, but I have found that the full press makes a better cup. And I also HATE throwing things away…even homemade coffee that would probably amount to a few cents. So, over the past few months I have gotten used to drinking the full 32 ounces, for the sake of not being wasteful. Plus, it tastes pretty good.

BUT this morning I woke up at 8am and had to leave the house with all 3 girls at 8:45am. We made it out of the house, but without my morning coffee. I was fine until about 12:30pm as we were headed home from our Homeschool group. Then the headache started to kick in. I really didn’t have time to make coffee since I had to feed the girls and get them down for nap all before leaving for work at 1:45pm. I grabbed a coke, hoping it would do the trick (hindsight tells me I should have grabbed 3 ibuprofens along with it).

At 3:30pm, my head was pounding, hands were shaking, I was having hot flashes and my face was flushed. At 4:30pm I thought to make a cup of tea. It did absolutely nothing. By the time I was driving home at 6pm, my hands had stopped shaking, but my headache had become even more violent (if that is even a good description) and I had to keep swallowing to keep my stomach down (gross, I know).

Tim was aware of my condition, so he had the coffee ground and water boiling for me when I walked through the door. He handed me 600mg of ibuprofen, a glass of water and a little bite of food to help the medicine settle and sent me to bed. Five minutes later he brought in my coffee. An hour and a half later my headache was managable and I was able to rejoin the family.

Good grief! I don’t know which is worse: being so addicted to coffee that missing a cup throws me into withdrawal or having the withdrawal symptoms when I miss a cup of coffee (or 3).

Is it wrong to drink something that causes your body to become so addicted to it? I am beginning to wonder if I should start cutting back. I do not like the feeling of something else being in control of my body; this afternoon the caffeine was staking its claim. I definitely will NOT quit cold turkey, but maybe I should scale back a bit. Try 2 cups for a few days and then take it down to just 1.

I’ll let you know how it goes.


August 22, 2008

Random, Sleepless Thoughts

Posted in Random Thoughts tagged , at 3:03 pm by timin525

I couldn’t sleep lasnight. I tossed and turned for a little over an hour before I decided to get up and do something productive with my sleeplessness.

While I was flipping over in bed I started to brainstorm for the next MOPS newsletter.                       

I didn’t get very far, but I will share what I came up with.  

You know you are a frugal mom when you:

1) feel wasteful if you throw the toothpaste out before you have scraped the inside of the tube.

2) make your husband take the kids’ leftovers from dinner to work the next day. 

3) eat the kids’ pb&j scraps before you make yourself a sandwich.

4) save left over drinking water to water the house plants.

And then I got writer’s block. That is when I gave up on sleep and got up to read. Reading always makes me sleepy and I am surprised I lasted as long as I did. I actually finished a book that I have been trying to finish for at least 6 months. It is called Don’t Waste Your Life, by John Piper.

There are so many quotable lines in this book, but I will only share a few that jumped out at me as I read lastnight. 

“It is true that God can be known and enjoyed in every legitimate vocation; but when he deploys you from one place to the next, he offers fresh and deeper drinking at the fountain of his fellowship. God seldom calls us to an easier life, but always calls us to know more of him and drink more deeply of his sustaining grace.”

Piper quoting J. Campbell White – “Most men are not satisfied with the permanent outcome of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ’s purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the  boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men who are putting everything into Christ’s undertaking are getting out of life its sweetest and most priceless rewards.”

These quotes pretty much speak for themselves. This book has been a challenging read, in that it really puts into perspective the things of this world versus the things that will last. For which do we work so hard day in and day out? Will it all just fade away in the end or does our work have a lasting purpose? An everlasting purpose?

With that, I began to feel sleepy and went to bed.