Thursday, June 30, 2011

Coffee, My Nemesis

I'm supposed to like coffee.  I'm supposed to use my fanny programmable coffee maker to make it fresh every morning for when I wake up at oh-my-god-this-is-sooooo-early-o'clock.  I'm supposed to sip it on the bus and arrive to work feeling alive, awake, alert and enthusiastic.  I'm a surgeon, for crying out loud.  I should bleed coffee.

I made coffee every day for orientation and tried really hard to like it.  But as I added more and more cream and sugar, and peeked inside the lid to see how much more I had to drink, it hit me- I don't like coffee.  I like Diet Coke.

So as I prepare for my first day of internship, the dreaded "July 1", I plan on braving the day without this mysterious "caffeine", whose effects I am apparently immune to.  I'll throw a Diet coke in my locker. Maybe I'll change my mind when its 11am and I've already been awake for 7 hours.  But I'm freeing myself of the expectation that I need to be coffee fueled for this epic day.  Because I don't like it.  It's sort of gross.


  1. I agree! I've made it through a graduate degree, medical school, and one year of residency with virtually no coffee. I far prefer Coke and Coke-like products, even though the attendings look at me like I've grown a second head when I say I don't drink coffee.

  2. "I'm supposed to use my fanny programmable coffee maker"

    That made me giggle, I'm sorry. ;-)

  3. You are your father's daughter! Love, Mom

  4. Happy first day Laura. I would not believe you were a Grimmer if you did not have a diet coke in your hand!

    Mrs. B.

  5. No worries. I hate coffee too. A good latte I can always do, or chai. But my real morning drink is Diet DP. :) You'll be fine! I'm a PGY 3 now and never had to go with coffee to keep going. :)

  6. I just found your blog.. loving it! I start med school in the fall, but through my undergrad and masters/partial phd I always relied on hot chocolate rather than coffee... hate coffee lol!