A large portion of the population out there loves coffee. Most of you get up in the morning and cannot function until your mug is emptied. However, some of us cannot drink it because we will feel ill or get the jitters. I happen to be one of those people. My family and I love our tea. There has never been a time where a tea pot stood empty, at least that I can remember. Now, black tea has caffeine in it and I know for a fact that if I have a cup of tea before noon I will get the shakes. Before I knew this fact I would drink my cup of tea and go to my room to write in my journal or work on a short story and my hands would fly all over the place and the amount of typos written were astronomical. So, I experimented and it was the caffeine causing the shakes. Most people after dinner can enjoy a cup of coffee or some black tea and I sadly cannot have either after seven otherwise I will not be able to sleep. I have had friends tell me, “You are so lucky you don’t need coffee”. This is true because I save a lot of money but I have a weakness to Starbucks and their Frappuccino; this is what I call “fake coffee” because it is mostly sugar in there. At one o’ clock in the afternoon I will enjoy a Frappuccino and then I am bouncing off the walls like a child in the years that parents call “the terrible twos.” My mind races and I cannot sit still for the life of me. After the caffeine wears off I fall into a state of zoning out by staring outside of my window and thinking about anything, then when anyone asks me something my mind is somewhere else. Now, I can’t drink straight up coffee, I have tried a sip from a friend once. I felt like I had to puke, it was so bitter and gross that I couldn’t believe people willingly drink this liquid swill to survive through the day. I pity you coffee drinkers. I am writing this article at the late time of 11:24 PM and it is because I had enjoyed a Dr. Pepper at 8 o’clock. Yes, that is how much energy I have and Dr. Pepper contains a caffeine amount of 68 milligrams. A cup of coffee contains 70-140 milligrams of caffeine, which would give me the shakes right now. As a reader you may be wondering, what are these “shakes” she keeps referring to? Well, dear readers, have you ever had gone to the gym and your muscles are shaking from the workout you have just finished? Imagine that feeling and then add the feeling like you need to eat, not the faint feeling but the “hangry” feeling, then add the extreme happiness from when you are drunk or laughing your face off with your friends. That’s what that “shakes” are, it is this uncontrollable shaking and you just can’t stop because if you do stop the whole body will burst into an eruption of flames and ash.
Officially, it is called caffeine sensitivity. Now, we can look at the scientific side of caffeine sensitivity; apparently, there is a genetic link between that, however, almost everyone in my family drinks coffee and does not experience this. There are three categories to caffeine sensitivity; those categories are: Hypersensitivity, normal sensitivity and finally hypo-sensitivity. Most people fall into the normal sensitivity level where they can intake 200-400 milligrams of caffeine. There is only ten percent of hypo-sensitivity caffeine people, those are the people that process caffeine very quickly and can intake more than 500 milligrams a day. I fall into to the category of hypersensitivity, where I experience an overdose in caffeine symptoms, including: insomnia, jitters and increased heart rate. Other symptoms can be as extreme as vomiting, nausea, cardiac arrest, anxiety and dizziness. Luckily, I only have a few of the symptoms included in the hypersensitivity of caffeine. Even though I can't drink coffee does not mean that I do not like the smell. The smell of fresh coffee beans is one my favorites scents maybe because it reminds me a bookstore and a warm winter day by the fire. However, recently in the news it appears that there may be a coffee shortage. So maybe I am lucky.