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sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 1/3/2008 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I wanted to share my story with you. If you know Starnucks, you know how I feel. And, I never could have experienced this if it weren't for my ileo - I went without coffee all together for 7 years! I am sooo addicted again. Anyhow, this is from my blog.)
 

A blustery, stormy morning hit me in the face as I stepped out of my warm house. I wrapped my scarf tighter around my neck and headed towards my car. I clutched my precious starbucks travel mug, knowing it would be just a few short minutes until it would be filled with a steaming hot and comforting Skinnny Gingerbread Latte.
My car knows the way to Sbux, so I enjoyed minimal consciousness on the way up 85. I found a parking space, and climbed out of my car and back into the wind. I almost got ran over by a Datsun.
I opened the doors and entered the safe haven of my local Starbucks. Ah, the smell! I closed my eyes and breathed in the heady scent.
Then I opened my eyes.
Wh...? Oh my God, NOOOOOOOO!
Gone were the festive decorations. Gone were the clever gift ideas. Gone were the little gift card mittens. Holiday Travel mugs were piled in a bin. The shelves were stocked with plain white mugs. Sumatra was the coffee of the week. What happened to Christmas Blend? I still wanted to send a pound to soilders overseas, and donate to needy families going without Starbucks this Holiday Season. (BTW: Great idea, Starbucks! We can't have families in America go without.)
I took all of it in. I took deep breaths. I knew what was coming next. I gulped and raised my eyes. And there it was. A TAN menu. No red in sight. No gingerbread latte, skinny OR fat. The horror.
I trudged up to the counter. The Barista, who, up until this terrible day, had always greeted me with a cheery "Good Morning - Venti Skinny Gingerbread Latte?", looked at me blankly. I stared back until I realized she didn't know what I wanted. I choked up. I froze. I panicked. What did I want? Oh no. Oh no. The cute Barista dude making the coffees looked over. He frowned, then his face lit up. "We have bottles of Sugar free GB syrup in the back!" He pronounced. I gasped. His coworker smiled. The clouds lifted, the sun peeked through the window and glinted off of a checker board table. Angels sang. The Barista ran into the back room, and returned in a moment, proudly setting the bottle of gold yumminess on the counter. It could be all mine for $6.95.
I still need to order a drink for today. The spell had been broken, and I was able to think again. I ordered my back up, the trusty Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte. The Barista taking my order must've had some left over Christmas cheer - she gave me my coffee for free. Either that, or she felt sorry for my Starbucks dependant, pathetic, over reactive self. Regardless, I bounded out of that store and lifted my red travel mug to the sky in a salute to the Starbucks Gods.
So now, I sit at work, telling my tale to you. It is a bittersweet tale, and I shall miss my SFGBL. But, there's always next year. Until then, SFGBL, until then.

No Skinny GB Lattes: my heart and soul
Replacement SFGB syrup: $6.95
FREE Starbucks: Priceless.


UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!


Amey
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   Posted 1/3/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I am pretty boring...no coffee, no tea, don't drink, don't smoke but I have to tell you...this story was intriguing. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


praying4healing
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 739
   Posted 1/3/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree lol I don't like coffee but that story had me on the edge of my seat
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!


sfgiantsjo
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 420
   Posted 1/3/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Target Starbucks are not REAL Starbucks, IMO. Just not the same without the Starbucks smell, the Fun stuff to look at, and the helpful baristas. Nope, you gotta go to the REAL DEAL. You'll never be the same.
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!


Amey
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   Posted 1/3/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Can I go to Starbucks and order a hot cocoa or would I look like a total nerd? Do you think hot cocoa would have the same effect as coffee...stimulate the bowels?
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


sfgiantsjo
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 420
   Posted 1/3/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You can TOTALLY order a hot chocolate. They had peppermint Hot Chocolates, but those are gone until next year, too.
Maybe the caffiene in the chocolate would stimulate and get things moving??? I dunno.... It's yummy in any case!
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!


peggy113
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Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 1/3/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Amey,

If I were you - I would certainly try adding a little caffeine to try to move things along.  I still like my chocolate, but I've switched to decaf coffee and tea, mostly herbal teas.  Caffeine causes me to "run"!!!

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


nietzsche6
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 22
   Posted 1/3/2008 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
i am in agreement. i love the venti gingerbread latte myself with an extra shot of espresso. my poor children the pepperment hot chocolate (which i have to add was delicious had them add two shots of espresso to one a few times and i loved it)
yeap i am back to my venti vanilla latte with an extra shot of espresso and waiting for summer when I can go back to my vanilla frapacinno with whipcream carmel topping and an extra shot of espresso. noticing a trend? never enough coffee I have 5 kids I have a reason for my madness
then i will be waiting again for my christmas blend. kicking myself i didnt buy tonz when the opportunity was there, my husband said I should- I didnt listen. I hate more than loosing my gingerbread latte for a whole year- the fact I have to admitt he was right. Oh well gives me something to look forward too correct?

Clyde01
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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 1/4/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I don't have a Starbucks story to tell but as a truck driver I know where most of the good stores are all over the US. There are several that are open 24 hours along the Pennsyvania turnpike. There are a couple along the Ohio turnpike as well. I try to stop at the store on I-80 in York, Nebraska next to the Wendys and across the freeway from our fuel stop at the Petro.

I get a Venti Chai Creme Frapachino no whip and a dome lid. I sprinkle cinnamon and chocolate powder on it. MMMM good!!
Ileostomy Oct. 17,2007 Only temporary till next year

No meds at present


summerstorm
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   Posted 1/4/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
that story was wonderfully written, if you aren't a writer, you should be one!
i don't really have a starbucks story, i did have a bought of morning sickness in the parking lot of a starbucks cause the smell was so icky, i HATE coffee. my husband however is obssessed with coffee and we have like five diff coffee makers cause he always thinks there is another one better than the other. So, Starbucks started making some kind of frosted coffee something, which he was getting all the time, and it was getting high! so to save us money, my lovely husband bought some kind of coffee machine that would make those things, it only cost 200.00. What a bargain!
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