The story I am about to tell comes with a bit of hesitation, but it's also funny. Potentially making someone laugh wins out over my sheer embarrassment. Let me first start with a simple statement, I am a tea drinker. I've never really had a thing for coffee, but go through phases of convincing myself that it's time to grow up and become a coffee drinker. Typically I prefer an iced coffee heavy on the milk and a touch of vanilla syrup. Plus, I am cheap and my eyes bulge out of my head whenever I see the price of a chai latte compared to the price of a coffee. Seriously how do coffee shops get away with charging so much for a tea concentrate with some milk?
Anyway, back to the embarrassing story.
I went to sign up my daughter for a few summer camps, it was early in the afternoon and there just so happens to be a drive thru Starbucks right next door to the summer camp spot! Bonus location for camp, may I add. I thought I'll just pop in and pick up an iced coffee for a little pick me up to get me through my to do list when I returned home. When I pulled into the drive thru I was lured in by a picture on a sign above the menu of a Venti Iced Caffe Mocha. Ooh, delightful. I think chocolate and coffee, will do.
From this moment on may I always remember espresso is NOT the same thing as coffee, no matter how damn luring the picture on the board is! Can I just add a simple reminder here that I am normally a tea drinker, I dabble in coffee a few times a month. That evening, around bedtime and about 6 hours after I consumed my overly caffeinated beverage I needed to go the bathroom frequently. Like every 45 minutes or so.
I got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.
In the morning the peeing marathon continued. At this point my thoughts turned to a UTI (urinary tract infection). So guess what I started doing, drinking lots of water to flush my system. Now I am continually visiting the bathroom and I become confused as to if I am feeling a UTI coming on or if my situation is due to the upped intake of water. Quite frankly a bit of anxiety set in, which I am sure contributed to everything that was going on with my body.
I call the doctor to get an appointment to be checked for a UTI because I was leaving on a roadtrip in less then two days. I thought I better get checked and on medication if I do have one, so my roadtrip wouldn't be ruined. How fun, driving 500 miles and having to stop every 45 minutes to go to the bathroom. I don't know if you've ever traveled i-80 in Nebraska, but skipping the restrooms when possible is the best idea.
My doctor visit, co-pay $20. Diagnosis, my urine was clean. But my pulse was sure elevated. The doctor wrote me a script in case more traditional symptoms appear on my getaway. Guess what, they didn't. About 24 hours after this doctor visit, I had a realization. Caffeine is a diuretic. My body couldn't handle the dose of caffeine I put in it. Boy that stuff is wild when your body isn't use to it. Then I visited the informative Starbucks website and found out some very interesting information.
Grande Iced Coffee has 120 mg of caffeine.
Venti Green Tea Latte has 80 mg of caffeine.
Venti Iced Caffe Mocha has 265mg of caffeine.
The drink I casually ordered had close to three times the amount of caffeine my body is accustomed to taking in. At the very least double the caffeine. Boy did it do a number on myself. I feel so foolish that I went to the doctor with Caffe Mocha induced tinkling. What an idiot. $4 for my drink and $20 doctor co-pay for no reason equals a $24 Iced Caffe Mocha.
Never again. I don't know how you espresso fanatics do it.