I have been addicted to caffeine for at least 20 years. Typically, I use Mt Dew as the delivery mechanism and it has long been my best friend (yeah, yeah, aside from my wife). All through college, I drank Mt Dew for all 3 meals and for all snacks in between.
When my kids were born, I celebrated with a 2 liter of Mt Dew (and Krispy Kreme donuts which was across the road from Bapist Hospital in Nashville). I had my will drafted such that they were to embalm me with Mt Dew (which I had partly completed already) and bury me in a Mt Dew uniform sitting in the driver’s seat of a Mt Dew truck. Mt Dew is, clearly, a sickness!
Five or seven years ago, I had some sort of affliction which ER doctors initially thought was a heart attack. I never got a concrete diagnosis, but they determined it was not a heart attack. They suggested, however, that it was probably a result of stress and too much caffeine. Since I considered this incredibly important, I decided this weekend to bite the bullet and get off of caffeine. I have played at this off and on several times. As any of you fellow addicts out there know, the headaches from detoxing from caffeine are terrible and insatiable. I just had to tough it out. On Tuesday, I was feeling all weird and moody which I think was directly related to caffeine withdrawal. I am pleased to report that today, I am caffeine free!
But there is a void in my life…what is to take the place of my old, former-friend Mt Dew? I just discovered that Mt Dew has a lesser known red-headed step-brother named “Caffeine-Free Mt Dew”! Caffeine-Free Mt Dew and I have been striking up quite a friendship lately…
It seems that things are looking up on our hilltop! I have a new best friend!