My recent post generated a few comments especially the paragraph about the caffeine pills. Comments on this subject usually generate differing opinion comments. I have been called a "train wreck", I have been told I need mental help, in the past I have been told I have a death wish, I have been equated to Tony's lack of seeking medical attention, and in each one of these cases I look back at what I wrote and look at the comments and for the life of me cannot ascertain how certain readers come to the conclusions that they have.
Before I relay today's results I'm going to take this opportunity to try to explain what's going on inside me and maybe, just maybe, it will give my readers an idea of what drives me. I need to start this off with asking my readers to think back through their lives and pose the question has there ever been anything in your life that you wanted to obtain so badly that you were willing to do whatever it took. Maybe when you were in college and we're cramming for those final exams perhaps you took substances to keep you going for hours and hours on end so that you can study or perhaps you had classes, homework,and a job, getting only a few hours of sleep a night to be able to accomplish everything you needed to. If any of my readers are doctors and although I am not a medical professional, but from what I understand when doctors are first starting out I think they call it their residency, they have to work 24 and 48 hours straight and I doubt very highly that they are doing it on pure willpower. Maybe some of my readers own their own business, and those that do, think back to when you first opened that business and were struggling to be a success. In your mindset of that time would you have done whatever it took to make your business successful even if it meant a personal risk to your own health at the time? There are other examples I could probably come up with, but the point being that usually in people's lives, and often more than once or twice, things come up that are so important to that individual person that they will throw caution to the wind, take risks to their own personal self in order to achieve what they are setting out to achieve, do what it takes to be successful in their schooling, careers, or personal dreams. Just because mine involves poker does not make it any less important. I'm not a doctor, I'm not in college, and I have not opened my own business, but that doesn't make it any less important than anybody else's goals and dreams. If you have seen anything or recognize any of what I have written in this paragraph that could apply to you at some point in your life, that has hit close to home in your own lives in the past then maybe, just maybe, you understand where I'm coming from.
A comment in my last blog entry suggested that I was hooked on caffeine and to be quite honest it is a possibility, but can you be hooked on something if you're not taking it on a daily basis and you go days between doses. I will admit however that when I do go days and days without hitting those pills I usually feel very sluggish and run down. I also found out tonight that I may need to be taking the maximum safe dose. I was grinding $10NL today. Took a dinner break and ordered a delivery from Pizza Hut and after I was done eating even though I was on 200 mgs of caffeine, fell asleep at 7 p.m. and did not wake up till after 11 p.m. and wasted an entire night. I should have been grinding, working towards the goals, but instead my body made me fall asleep and I don't know why. I did not think it was possible with 200 mgs in me that was taken just an hour previously would allow me to sleep, but it's quite obvious to me I'm going to have to step it up to 400 mgs per dose per day just to keep me going. However, I did a little research and found out all is good with my intake. The Following comes from the Mayo Clinic as in the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and if anyone tells me that they are not going to accept findings by the Mayo Clinic then we don't have anything to talk about.
"Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That's roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two "energy shot" drinks."
The poker that I did get in was a pretty much nothing happening type of day. I played 1055 hands, ended up losing just over half a buyin and had absolutely nothing exciting happen during the course of that time. It's nearly 4am and I'm going to grab some sleep for a 12 p.m. start. Not sure what day I will be playing the tournament with Lightning who has finally arrived in Vegas and to him I say welcome back Mr Lightning welcome back. Until next time take care everyone and I'll see you at the tables.