Please excuse any typos, grammatical errors, and just plain $hit that don't make sense in this post because it is being sent from my decaffeinated brain.
So besides the usual awesomeness that is January, I have been dealing with some minor pain for the past few weeks.
Without violating any HIPAA regulations or sending you to poke your eyes out with sharp sticks, let's just say I've had an unusual pain that's made me want to wear a metal bra and not engage in any hugging that involves people whose heads come up to my "chest" area lately. I had said "pain" checked out first with a delightful mammogram and then yesterday with a visit to my friendly and competent M.D.
Turns out I have a condition that although it requires further tests, appears benign and harmless. Of course, I am imminently grateful and happy about this news. That's the good news. Here's the bad news. My doctor was going over the results of my mammogram and examination. When I asked what the treatment for my condition was she said simply, "Well, we'll have to wait until the further testing is done, but it can usually be managed with dietary adjustments." It was when I said, "Like what?" that she *may* have looked like the devil. She asked, "Well, do you consume a lot of caffeine?" Of course like any person faced with a threatening doctor who is looking more and more like the devil, I lied and said (or more like gulped), "Yeah. A little." She then delivered the horrifying news, "Well, you might have to give that up."
In case you don't know me, let me just say - I love coffee. We have a long and strong relationship. Here are the reasons why I love coffee: 1. I love coffee. 2. There are only three things I love as much as coffee - beer, dark chocolate, and Pinterest (Oh, wait. Did I forget God, my hubby, and my kids? Yes? Oh, well.), and 3. Coffee is my BFF. So, when my usually friendly doctor said I might have to give that up it was kind of like she said, "Well, you might have to cut off your right arm."
This news came yesterday around 4:30 p.m. and I decided to plunge right in and go cold turkey. I have a good friend with whom I texted back and forth about my new challenge. Because we have worked out the details (such as who will be my sponsor and the fact that I will probably need an actual 12 step program), I wanted to share this with you. This *might* become a huge part of my blogging - my journey through rehab!
If I was technology competent (or possibly had a fertile iPhone) I would insert our actual text screens right now. Since I can't do that, I am just going to type out what we texted and you will get the picture (no pun intended). Please excuse the typos (it is TEXT after all), and I have crossed out the irrelevant or self-incriminating parts (thank me later, friend).
Friend: Oh dear gawd! Plze don't say u have to quit booze, too?!?
Me: no. i didn't even ASK. but, there goes the new keurig.
Friend: What about coffee benefits, like depression, heart disease, sanity,
Me: Hello, my name is Mxnxca.
Friend: I'll sponsor you!
Me: God grant me the serenity to change the people I can and ignore the rest. Amen.
Friend: I'll be the "source close" to you when you go AWOL from coffee rehab. "yes, we all knew it would be hard for her, but we didn't expect her to assault the nurse with her toothbrush. it may be time for a true intervention."
So, that's my birthday story, bloggy friends. After finishing this post I have decided that since I have such a long journey ahead of me, I am going to start rehab tomorrow. Right now I am going to brew myself a nice hazelnut blend! Technically is this my first relapse? I say "no" since I haven't really started yet! So, have a great weekend and wish me luck............tomorrow!