Thursday, March 11, 2010

[For Your Own Safety, Steer Clear!]

Well, I finished posting midterms this morning around 2:00 a.m.  I, obviously, did not sleep much last night, and I will say that the grade stats are a bit of a downer this semester.  Then again, so are the attendance rates.  Well, it's over, and now, it's time to counsel students on how not to, well, flunk.  Good times all around.

In other news, I've got an ulcer.  Yup, seriously.  No, not doctor-diagnosed, but based on what I've read, my symptoms match tit for tat all across the board, and since they've been around longer than three days, I'm prety sure it's not heartburn sitting just below my sternum.  I'm trying some homeopathic/holistic remedies first, hoping to avoid nutty health bills.  I stopped by an herbal store this afternoon and picked up some Aloe Vera Plus solution (meant for internal digestion) and ginger tea, both of which are supposed to help digestion and ulcers.  It's a little early to tell, but at this point, after the second dose and at the start of the first cup of ginger tea, I'm not having the pain or gnawing feeling that was pushing me to overeat for the past week or two. 

One thing is going to be hard about this, though: no caffeine or pain relievers until the ulcer is gone.  These next two weeks are going to be hellish with the withdrawal symptoms I will undoubtedly endure.  I've done the cold-turkey thing before, and it was not a pretty sight.  In fact, I'm starting to get the first wave, as I haven't had any caffeine since noon-ish, and my head is starting to ache.

My apologies if you're forced to be in my presence during this time period.

In the end, though, I know it will be healthier.  I'll probably lose a few pounds and have more energy after the addiction is out of my system.  It's just that time between then and now that's going to be epic.  Oh well. 

Well, I have some list-updating to do before bed, and tomorrow an early class, so I'm calling it quits for now.  Good night, all!

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