Decaf Coffee Lobotomy

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 03 Dec 2007 10:52:46 GMT  <== Personal ==> 

At the end of March, I wrote about my first coffee lobotomy. I completely lost my forebrain, and my physical energy, from drinking two large cups of strong coffee a day. It took four full days of coffee fast for my brain to come back and another three days for my energy to fully return. Well, it happened again. This time I had been drinking mostly decaffeinated coffee, which made the experience different. I wasn't nearly as physically exhausted, but my frontal lobes were again completely paralyzed. Couldn't think my way out of a paper bag. I tried to work last Monday, but found it impossible. So I called in sick, "mentally exhausted", and took the rest of the week off. On Friday morning, I awoke with a brain, but still shell-shocked, so I didn't work over the weekend either. It feels like I'll be able to work today. Time will tell.

Once again, besides not being able to think, near panic was one of the symptoms. Worry that the condition was permanent, hence I'd never be able to write software again. Fortunately, all I needed to do was stop drinking coffee for a week.

Bottom line: I'm going to have to stop drinking coffee. Black tea, too, since it affects me pretty much the same way. Not sure about green tea. Hot chocolate will remain OK, I hope.

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