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Ostomy Memories of Morning Brew


ALTHOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES when I went through tea phases, I am generally a coffee drinker.  When I return home from my early morning walk, the first thing I do is start a pot of coffee going, enough for two cups.  I make a strong Colombian brew and add only one little packet of sweetener to it.  I buy whole bean and grind it about once a week.  The other morning, I must have inadvertently skimped on what I put into the coffee machine, as the drink turned out to be a bit on the weak side.  It brought to mind a quote by Abe Lincoln:  “If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” During the summer, I will drink iced coffee, and some iced tea as well.  When I was living in Utah, I discovered that the Mormons prohibit their members from drinking any sort of stimulant but, notwithstanding that proscription, I became aware of an awful lot of the supposed faithful drinking, tea, coffee, cola, energy drinks, and alcoholic beverages.  Unlike Catholics, I guess, they don’t have to confess these alleged sins, and I don’t know that would decrease the imbibing of the banned liquids anyway.  There are certainly worse things you can do than sipping a cup of coffee to get your juices flowing in the AM.   A good strong cup can at least give you the illusion you’re awake.

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Hello HenryM. 

Brewing and drinking tea and/or coffee are definitely fading memories for me. It must be 30-40 years I last had a cup of either.

The story goes:- I began having 'the shakes', akin to symptoms of Parkinson's disease and, as part of the process of experimentation to see if I could get rid of these symptoms, I stopped drinking tea and coffee and replaced it with plain water. Within a day the symptoms had gone, so I never went back to drinking tea and coffee again. 

Best wishes




I’ve never tasted coffee, don’t mind tea in the summer. Give me a sugar free white Monster and I’m good for about 36hrs. And cold Mountain Dew is the nectar of the Gods. 

Reply to AlexT

Mountain Dew has a good caffeine kick! 😛


I wonder if things like coffee, tea, Mountain Dew, etc. count as legitimate 'hydration' for an ostomite...  as opposed to straight water.  In other words, does pretty much any liquid count in that regard??? 

Reply to HenryM

I know when I was in for my surgery the nurses counted any liquid I drank towards my daily count. But I had always read that liquids with caffeine in them didn't count. 🤷‍♀️


I was told all liquids are good, some just have bad stuff in them. 😁

Reply to Bill

Hi Bill,  My history with coffee is similar to yours.  I used to drink it all day at work, as it was supplied free by our employer.  That should tell you how long ago that was!  By the time I got home from work, instead of being in a great mood because my work day was over, I was a jittery wreck.  I felt awful.  Someone suggested it might be the coffee, and that was it.  I didn't drink coffee again for decades and I switched to decaf tea, which was fine.  I began drinking coffee again a couple of years ago, decaf only, and only one cup in the morning, when medical science started telling us that it's actually good for you and that coffee drinkers live longer.  I'm not sure that will prove to be true, but I figure one cup of decaf a day can't hurt me.



     So, I’m a barista.. I’m not sure if Alex and I can be friends or not. 😂 Seriously though, I adore coffee. 🥰

Reply to RaenotRay

😂 Not everyone is perfect. I guess I should start drinking coffee to bring myself up to your level. 😘

Reply to AlexT

     On second thought, don’t start Alex. You’ll be drinking chocolate peanut butter coffee shakes and calling them “coffee”. Just wait.. I will teach you. 😁

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