Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Today is my No Coffee day.  No caffeinated coffee; no decaffeinated coffee.  No Diet Pepsi Free Cola (yeah, I drink that stuff).  No chocolate either milk chocolate or dark chocolate. 

I can drink milk (YUCK), and juice (does a Bloody Mary count?), and water (whoopee!).  I probably run on less caffeine that 95% of the U.S. and Europe but I like the comfort and the "start your day" of a hot cup of decaf in the morning.  No fancy stuff, just black coffee in a mug.

So what am I drinking this morning?  A small glass of Sweetie's orange powerade.  And it's not even as tasty as Tang.  Remember Tang?  Then you're as old as I am! ha ha

Now, do I really believe that a patient needs to be without the tiniest hint of caffeine in their system 24 hours prior to a stress test to get accurate results?  No.  I think the medical profession makes rules - they love rules - and since they are the bosses of you, you do what is asked.  (Charlie Sheen, take note!)

I like my new cardiologist.  I don't know if he's a good cardiologist or not - how would I know until it's time for something serious to happen and he comes through with flying colors.  But whether he's good or not he's still the doctor - and a specialist doctor at that - so I have to do what he says

They'll be putting in the new water heater today.  Materials and labor have been prepaid, but we were told to expect other expenses (if they have to bring everything up to code with other plumbing, etc.).  Let's hope it stays under $1,000.  And that I get some painting done this afternoon.

And it looks like most of my sidebar thumbnails are back!!  Hope your's are, too.


Ann Buckner said...

Thumbs up for a good test Rhonda.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Rhonda, we will have good thoughts for you during your test. I hope that you can get some painting done today!Take care,

Teresa Palomar Lois said...

Not the best of the weeks, right dear? Oh well, it will pass really soon and I hope Jerry will be waiting for you with a nice cup of latte or something right after you get out of that stress test, maybe you'll need to throw a couple of hints to him today though ;)

Jeanette said...

I hate deprivation, especially of coffee. I"m like a bear with a sore paw without it.

Good luck on the stress test tomorrow. Then go straight out for coffee and chocolate. :)

I had one of those years ago. They just got bored with me being on the treadmill for so long lol (that was in my running days).

laura said...

A day without coffee? you have my deepest sympathies!
My new favorite (nonalcoholic) beverage is almond milk--it's delicious (albeit sweet).
Good luck on your stress test--it sounds like you're a good "student," so I'm sure you'll do well.

hw (hallie) farber said...

Paint and drink water--tomorrow at this time the test will be behind you. I remember making Tang for my kids when they were small. I remember the taste.

Irina said...

I wish you quick and good test results. Do not forget your sketch book.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

No wonder you are getting stressed - leaking roof, burst water heater - both messy and costly. .. and there's me thinking drinking decaf was good for you!
Thanks for the link to two new artists to me - that William Cook (note the surname!) can do anything and brilliantly. Now thats what it means by being a trained illustrator.

Cathy Gatland said...

Hope all goes well at the stress test - you'd think a water heater bursting was testing enough!

Carol King said...

What? no coffee, chocolate or soda? Yuck. Perhaps having a new water heater installed the day before a stress test wasn't the best idea. I have stress already thinking about everything that could go wrong. I HATE dealing with contractors.

Good Luck tomorrow!

Noemí said...

Good luck in your test Rhonda!

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks for all the support, friends, but if you'd read my current day's post you know the stress test was cancelled, and I'm recoving from the really bad migraine so things will be okay.