I finally decided after an aerobic day at work to have a cold, refreshing, carbonated beverage. I could have any of the main sodas free everyday, but would I dare? After 2 years of reducing every acid refluxing element in my life, I wanted to test it, and maybe, just maybe, I could drink a soda without the hiccuping torture. Slowly, I sipped a half of a can of Sprite poured into a Styrofoam cup, lapping it up like a cat at a milk bowl. Oh, the hell with it! I downed the rest feeling a cool tingle from my toes through my nose and it was exactly how I remembered it, except that I don’t really like the flavor of Sprite. But the bubbles and chill was so – for lack of a better marketing adjective -“refreshing.” The colorless, caffeine -less sugar water seemed like a baby step in the family of explosive, exciting sodas. Maybe I’ll be fully cured one day and be able to survive “the bomb” – a rootbeer float. That’s asking much of my lactose intolerance though. Oh that would be bliss! My next attempt will be worth it…half a glass of Dr. Pepper. Someone will have to come have one with me.