I started to feel a little light-headed halfway through The Hare’s dentist appointment. Her appointment was at nine, perfect for a breakfast date on the way home. She slept until just before we had to leave, but I had been up for a couple of hours. I decided this would be the week to ween myself off of caffeine. My daily coffee consumption has crept up recently, keeping me awake at night and prohibiting me from a good night’s rest. I probably drink a pot of coffee a day, absorbing the last savory cup around 2 or 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I made tea instead yesterday, De-caffeinated.
Going cold turkey seemed like a good idea.
I have an affinity for being
Leaving the house, I grabbed a book, a steaming travel mug of tea and popped one chewable adult multivitamin. My stomach rumbled mildly, but nothing too uncomfortable. However, a sharp stabbing pain above my left eye had started surfacing. The longer I sat in the waiting room, the more intense my head ached. My tea was unsatisfying and not mixing well with the chalky aftertaste of multivitamin. Finally, The Hare emerged. Standing up to greet her, my head started spinning and my hands felt clammy.
“Mom?” The Hare asked, “Everything okay?”
“Of course, I’m just hungry, ” I answered, wiping a bead of sweat from my brow.
Suddenly, my headache overpowered me and a loud belch of tea and multivitamin exploded. I needed to get to the coffee shop as fast as possible, but as we pulled out of the parking lot, I could feel my stomach heaving. My hands shook on the steering wheel, my mouth filling unexpectedly with vomit.
“Don’t puke on your new sweater,” I thought to myself, making great effort to swallow the foulness.
“Mom?” asked The Hare, “What’s going on?”
But before I could answer her, my stomach convulsed again and I puked two more times. Keeping my lips pursed, my cheeks poked out like a puffer fish, as I scanned the side of the road for a safe place to pull over.
“STOP THE CAR! STOP THE CAR!” shouted The Hare excitedly.
I quickly jumped out of the car in the parking lot of a closed business and made it in time to expel a mouthful of tea and bile. Cars whizzed past as I held my hair away from the mess, a gossamer of saliva clinging to my chin.
“Thank goodness I didn’t do this in the car!” I thought to myself in relief.
Sliding back into the driver’s seat, I assured The Hare I was okay, explaining that taking a multivitamin on an empty stomach and the lack of caffeine was the cause of this sudden “illness”. I just needed some breakfast and I would be good as new.
The Hare scowled at me.
“Don’t ever do that again,” she scolded, “You nearly ruined my appetite.”