Why I am Caffeine Free

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There is no secret in the fact that I am a tea addict and have been for as long as I can remember. The only problem is, it has to be decaf.

Since a young age I have had blinding headaches and we could never pin point the reasons for them. At the age of 24 these had got to the point where I was seeing stars and feeling really quite sick with them. Following the headache lifting, I would feel very lethargic for days sometimes weeks afterwards. It all came to a point after a long weekend in Majorca in 2005.

There were three of us and as you do, we had a late night out in Magaluf, returning to the hotel about 4am and bedding down until 8 am when our taxi, for the airport, was due.

We got up and the hangover seemed non existent so I loaded up on tea and a bacon sandwich.

On arriving at the airport I bought two 500ml bottles of Coca Cola. Thinking nothing of it I polished one of them off and had the other packed away for the plane.

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We boarded and took off, all was well until about 30 mins in to the flight when I felt a bit sickly. I took myself to the toilet, and sat there for a couple of minutes hoping that the walk would make me feel a little better. Seemingly not, I was sick several times and when I stood up was all starry eyed. Toilet flushed, I made my way to open the door and realised I had no feeling in my right hand, come to think of it I was actually dragging my right leg, I had no feeling in my right hand side at all.

Panic setting in, I dragged myself back to my seat and told my friend that I had just been sick and lost all feeling in my right hand side. The panic in her face was immense and she insisted on bringing it to the attention of the cabin crew on the EasyJet flight we were on.

The cabin crew were amazing, from what I can remember, I say that because I had no idea who I was, where I was and how I got there. Worried, they got me up and took me to the back of the plane and gave me water, while they did the full “There is no need to panic, but if there is a doctor on board, please could they make there way to the back of the plane” announcement.

Luckily there was a GP and his colleagues on board, they had been playing Golf in Palma and he came to my rescue. He checked me over and said he didn’t think it was anything serious and it seemed the effects of the vomiting had caused me to have an anxiety attack.

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The symptoms did not improve as we approached the English Channel, so after speaking to the Captain, the stewardess that was looking after me told me that they were very concerned and the Captain would, if I wanted him too, land in Stansted.

The stars had gone away and I was starting to regain a little bit of an idea who I was so I said for the sake of an extra 30 mins, just land in Newcastle.

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Hitting the runway I saw blue lights flashing at the gate where we were disembarking and I was told to wait until the end so that they could get me on the ambulance and check me over.

Very embarrassing affair, but I got on the ambulance and everything checked out as it should. The paramedic asked if I would like to go to the RVI or would I prefer to go to Out of Hours if things didn’t improve, or got worse. I chose Out of Hours as now all I wanted to do was sleep.

We were escorted through customs by the ambulance staff and the ride home was a long one. I got home and vomited for the majority of the day.

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My partner at the time dragged me to the Out of Hours clinic later that evening and they told me I was dehydrated and not too worry. (I was convinced from the point I felt the numbness on the plane that I was having a stroke). So for the next few days all I did was sleep, sleep and sleep some more, the headache I had would not move and I thought enough is enough and took myself to see my GP. After telling her all the symptoms, it turned out that I had been experiencing a severe focal migraine.

Never heard of it, she told me that there is generally a trigger and it would be a process of elimination to work out what it was.

Over the coming weeks things improved and one morning we went in to Darlington for breakfast. We ordered, and got a coffee each while we waited, and another and another and finally our breakfasts came. By this point however I was feeling ill, seeing stars and had lost feeling in the fingers in my right hand. Bingo! Coffee and Cola were the instigators.

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I kept drinking tea as this didn’t seem to have the same effect. Six months later however after not having an attack since stopping Cola and Coffee. I took bad again, this time I cut out tea and went on to decaf, which it turns out is not totally decaf. Your main stream tea brands claim their normal brands of tea are decaf but in the small print it says decaf up to 0.04%. I found this out as the decaf was having the same effect.

My only option was too not ingest caffeine.

Since then I have stuck to drinking fruit and herbal teas. There are so many things I miss, not only the obvious drinks but the like of Irn Bru, Dr Pepper, Lucozade and Energy Drinks. Then there is the amount of medications you have to be caustious over, extra strength paracetamol for one. However, I do love Peppermint tea and discovered Pukka Teas, which are amazing. My favourite of all is Lidl’s Blackcurrant and Vanilla one.

Anyway I digressed in a big style….

A couple of months ago I got in touch with Begutea. They were looking for people to review a selection of their teas and I was all too willing, if they did a decaf version.

They were very helpful and sent me the three teas that they produce that were totally decaf.


Nightea Night……

and System Cleanse…..

All the tea’s are made from 100% natural ingredients.

First up to be tried and tested was the Calm, the packaging advised to drink when needed. I often get irritable, I think having a house full of hormones tends to do that to a woman. I wasn’t sure about the smell at first but was really surprised by the taste. It is lovely, quite floral in taste and it really does the job. Out of all the teas this was the first one to disappear.

Perfect tea blend to sit down with when you are having a manic day.

Then there is the Nightea Night. I will be honest and say I still have few of these left but that is not because I don’t enjoy them, it is simply because I don’t have problems sleeping. I save these ones for the nights I am at work and have one about half an hour before the end of my shift. They are very soothing and again taste amazing.

The Cinnamon and Ginger really come through in this tea and it almost smells Christmas like.

Last up was the System Cleanse. I was keen to start this one but held off until we had been on holiday, I knew I would be getting back down to the dieting when we came back and hoped the tea would work along side the diet and fitness regime.

The System Cleanse bags are too be drank one every other night, at night, after your last meal of the day for 14 days in order to “Teacleanse”. They taste amazing with a Vanilla tone that is not to strong but yummy and the lavender gives you a sense of peace.

They are amazing. I have drank many teas with the same stated effects but none have worked like this one. I would stress however that you must stick to the guidelines. I made the mistake of taking one on a morning and the magic kicked in at bedtime. Have it at as advised at night and let the tea work it’s magic while you are asleep. I would recommend this to anyone that is dieting and needs to get rid of that bloat.

These teas are available online from Begutea, along with others that contain caffeine. Supermarket teas are good and I have had a few with purpose that have been effective, none of them have been as good as these especially the System Cleanse and Calm versions. My custom will certainly continue.

Lets be honest, nothing beats a good cup of tea, caffeine or no caffeine 😉


Back 2 Life….


My holiday is officially over and I am back to the keyboard to type it all up for you.

The last few weeks have been manic and I have so much to tell you, share and get your opinion on.

First and foremost I would like to update you on the Gorlins Syndrome stuff.

As you are all aware I have been advised to try the Erivedge Treatment. Anyone who likes my Facebook page will also be aware of the dilemma I faced a few weeks ago, however for those of you that don’t here is the dilemma I faced….

After deciding on a start date to commence the Erivedge Treatment I received to letters in the post. One was the confirmation from the Northern Centre for Cancer Care to confirm that I was indeed embarking on the Erivedge Treatment and the other was from the University Hospital of North Durham with a date for surgery to remove the BCC’s I currently have.

Now the dilemma comes from the fact that I want to get rid of the BCC’s I currently have, yes the Erivedge course may get rid of them but it could be months. When I get a BCC my mind takes over and I am not settled until it is gone. Here I am with 6+ and I have the opportunity to get rid of them, but I also have the opportunity to keep them at bay.

After consulting my Gorlins friends I decided that I would ask the team at the Freeman Hospital if they would be happy for me to have the surgery to remove the growths I currently have and then embark on the journey they are offering as a preventative rather than a cure.

Phone call made I awaited a reply and to my great relief my Oncologist is more than happy for me to do this.

Decision made I also decided that if I am going to start from scratch with no BCC’s it is vitally important that I uncover the areas that are hiding at least two BCC’s and get rid of this hair. As you all know the chances of me losing it when I start the treatment are high so I figure lets do this thing properly. Hair off before my pre consult for surgery and fingers crossed all the BCC’s are removed in one fell swoop.

How am I feeling? Well I am relieved to not be in two minds of which direction to take. I have been given the chance to take both options and that’s great. Not looking forward to the surgery, but then who would be? Also, I am apprehensive about the next new step. I am not a fan of new things, creature of habit springs to mind. All I can do is go with the flow and not worry about things I can’t control.

Anyway on a happier note, what have I got coming up over the next week for you to read about?

We have been so busy with days here, there and everywhere. Here are a few teasers for you:

Girly Night’s…..

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Date Night….

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Impromptu Family Day….

impromptu family day

Libby’s First Football Match…..


Results Day….


The Journey Across the Border….


Haven Holiday…..

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Zoo Adventures…..


Kids in the Kitchen…..


Nothing beats a cup of tea….


I also have a few books to review for you, I will hopefully have an update on my college adventure for you (what a nightmare that is proving to be, yet again), a list of hospital visits and some exciting things coming up this week to also tell you about.

Thank you for reading and I do hope you enjoy what I have to come over the next few days….

For now…