Caffeine Withdrawal

I had to quit caffeine. Which means no coffee, no black tea and no colas. My God that sucks.

My blood pressure was high enough that I broke down and went to one of the walk-in clinics run by Southwest Medical. They checked my BP (185 / 105) and bumped my meds, told me to lose weight, give up salt, fatty foods and caffeine.

I’m trying to go along with them. Heck, I even brought a salad for lunch.
(One of the girls just said she’s going to In and Out Burger for lunch…. Bitch!)

But my head hurts like the beginning stages of a migraine, and I generally feel like shit. I even gave the girls my Takis, they’re like hot Cheetos, but taste like they have even more salt.

And the truth is, I feel so crappy that I thought there must be something serious wrong with me. So I Googled “caffeine withdrawal” and came up with this on OneMedical.com:

Headaches are the most common symptom, occurring in about 50 percent of people experiencing withdrawal. But there are a variety of other issues that can accompany quitting caffeine, including:

Fatigue
Anxiety
Irritability
Depressed mood
Difficulty concentrating
Drowsiness
Brain fog
Flu-like symptoms with muscle aches

Symptoms typically begin within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuing caffeine, peaking during the first two days, and can last all the way up to day nine. Although high-dosing coffee drinkers are more likely to experience intense symptoms, it only takes about three days of regular caffeine consumption to create the withdrawal effects. Re-introducing caffeine during the withdrawal period can actually reverse the symptoms within just 30 to 60 minutes, but that will make it harder to reach your ultimate goal of total abstinence.

Yup, that describes me to a tee.

And this; this is really depressing. –It’s empty.

I just washed it carefully and am putting it on a shelf until I can have my coffee again. –Someday soon, I hope.

I also put away my Nespresso machine and my coffee pot.

The PAC I saw at Southwest Medical said I could drink all the green tea I want. Have you ever tasted green tea? It’s like drinking hot water.

Yeah, I’m getting even crankier. I hope the people I work with have the good sense to leave me alone unless it’s really, really important.

Notebook and Sharpie Pen

A friend gave me this notebook to write in.
Write what you ask? Why my thoughts of course. –She’s an old hippie turned new age, whatever they call themselves.

notebook

Dance in the rain? Yeah right, my mamma said I had a choice, I could get struck by lightning, or I could get struck by her hand if I didn’t get my ass back in the house.
Yup, she instilled in me the good sense to come in out of the rain.

Any way, on recommendation of a travel writer, I tried a sharpie pen, which is exactly what it sounds like, a very fine point sharpie.
fine tip sharpie

You can see what happens when you don’t lift your hand high enough or tilt the pen too much. At least it doesn’t bleed through. Because of the way I write it still makes a mess. –So it’s back to ball points.
sharpie text
(And for those of you who know me, I can read it even if you can’t.)

Cox Cable Las Vegas Sucks

We dumped their phone service so they raised the cost of our cable tremendously. –To make up for the lost revenue. They gave us faster internet to make up for the difference in costs.

We were happy with the old setup but they shoved it down our throats.

Internet is down, but it seems to be only us in the immediate area.

I think somebody hates us at cox.

Of course, when you’re the 800lb gorilla you don’t need to give a shit about small businesses.

Cox is up for less than 2 minutes and then down again.

I’ve talked to their techs and for the most part they don’t care, they don’t think, they just do everything by rote. They don’t check up the food chain until they finish screwing thing up.

Pathetic as they are, Cox is the best service in town so we have to put up with the bullshit.

I carry and use this Sony pocket recorder…

I carry and use this Sony pocket recorder for notes to self.

Sony voice recorder
It works well and is easier to use and less conspicuous than my monster iPhone(7+).

But the apple fan boys think it’s a waste. –Yeah, right. If it was made by Apple they would think it was wonderful. But if Apple made it it would be built into a watch and it would cost at least $500.

Of course the Apple watch may already have a recorder built in, so you can talk in to your wrist just like Dick Tracey.

As a side note, I’m using the free WordPress app again. The others work, just not the way I want. This one doesn’t do everything I want either, but it’s the best of the lot.

So, it’s back to this with any final editing being done on one of my computers.