Tuesday, June 7, 2005

The Roselius Fog

Symptoms: faint and dingy-feeling headache, irritability, cravings, mild and temporary (but noticeable) shift in blood pressure. 

I'm now enduring a self-induced Ludwig Roselius Fog.  Feeling it.  It's the name I'm giving to caffeine detox.  Fifty hours now, caffeine free.  Not a single soda.  Not a sip of coffee.  Not a nibble of chocolate. 

Roselius is the German scientist credited with salvaging some bad coffee beans back in 1906 and finding a decaffeination process as a result.  In my present state, how can you blame me for not researching it more in-depth than Wikipedia

The purge is temporary.  I figured I'd lay off the usual routine of morning coffee and an afternoon caffeinated drink for the next ten days, then allow myself one or the other less regularly.  Over the past year I've gradually given in to a whole line of succulent caffeinated drinks, fallen in with a robust caffeine addiction.  In the never-ending battle between exhaustion and spry wakefulness (late-early reading, etc.), a proven ally in caffeine.

With this I say farewell to you, caffeine.  But it's not good-bye forever.  ; )

Bookmark and Share Posted by at June 7, 2005 8:16 PM to Slouching Toward

You are a hero. Fight on.

Posted by: senioritis at June 8, 2005 9:36 AM

You're boldly going to a place I've never been before--the caffeine -free galaxy. I am in awe of you. And I like your blog's new look. Reminds me of. . .stars. . .Starbucks! ; )

Posted by: joanna at June 8, 2005 11:26 AM

I have my fingers crossed that the worst is behind me. This morning was the low of lows: detox and allergies. Oof-ah. But it's been a busy day--plenty of other stuff to preoccupy me.

To mention Starbucks, Joanna--that's playing dirty. Not nice! Reason enough to change the background image. Again.

Posted by: Derek at June 8, 2005 9:52 PM