My drug-induced caffeine-free hibernation

I really didn’t even think about what the weather would be like when I made an appointment for Jan. 3 to have a wisdom tooth removed. We maxed out our dental coverage last year, so I was just waiting for the calendar to flip to 2014 so I could schedule this lovely date with the dentist.
I don’t think I could have chosen a better weekend to stay snuggled in bed with a good excuse to do nothing! It’s been snowing non-stop for several days and the temperature is expected to drop to -15 overnight.
Having the tooth pulled turned out to be a not-so-big deal. I remember the dentist saying I would fall asleep soon and I would just need to give him one tooth and yada, yada, yada… Then, I woke up to a nurse handing me an ice pack. Despite my extremely swollen mouth, I couldn’t stop laughing all the way home. (I guess that’s why they call it laughing gas.)
My biggest fear about the wisdom tooth extraction had nothing to do with the actual procedure. I was mainly concerned with how I would make it to the appointment with no food or drinks. I actually considered waking myself up at midnight to have breakfast and a cup of hot tea. The appointment was bright and early — 7:45 a.m. — so surely I could handle getting there without any caffeine in my system.
Still, I was worried. I can’t even remember the last time I went through the morning without any caffeine.
I think it was actually that fear leading up to the appointment that made me decide to go ahead and do something I’ve been wanting to do for years. Once I was forced to survive Friday morning without any caffeine, why not just eliminate it for good? I was already planning to spend the whole weekend lying around doing nothing anyway. Plus, I was going to be on pain medicine for my tooth. That would help with my caffeine-withdrawal headaches. The dentist told me to stay home and rest. And the weather made it even a better weekend to stay inside and hibernate.
Basically, I was tired of the way caffeine controls me. It’s the one thing that I can’t get through the day without. It annoys me that I can’t imagine going through a day without it. (Or even making it to 7:45 without it!)
Many years ago, I eliminated coffee from my world, and that was also one of the times I stopped drinking Coke. I remember the intense headaches, trying to get free of my addiction. In the years since then, I slowly became a tea drinker. My hot drink of choice has less caffeine than coffee, and it’s not quite the same jolt as java. But I still need that slow boost to jump start my day.
Today is my third day of decaffeination, and I will admit, I’m not much fun to be around. I basically want to take naps and watch TV all day long. I move really slow. I have no motivation to do anything. I have a headache. I keep wishing I had some more of that laughing drug from the dentist. 🙂
Maybe some people aren’t meant to live their lives without caffeine. I just want to see what it would feel like to wake up in the morning and not need it. I wonder how long it will take until I can feel like a normal person without caffeine. But then I start imaging how boring my life is going to be if I am going to live the rest of my life caffeine free.
Well, I’ve made it to the end of this blog post. I would like to write something witty here at the end, but my brain can’t really focus right now. Do any of you lovely readers have any words of inspiration for living without caffeine? Better leave a comment quick! I think I need a nap.


  1. Girl- you are a lot stronger than I am! I am impressed! Caffeine is the one thing I know I could not live without. It’s funny though because Adam and I were just talking this afternoon about limiting our caffeinated beverages to 1 or 2 a day. We will see what happens!
    Glad to hear your surgery went well! Cross that off your list!

    1. Kelly, I haven’t had a Diet Dr. Pepper in four days! Still going strong!! I’m hoping I made it through the worst part of the withdrawal. I definitely feel better today than yesterday.

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