There was a time in my life when I thought ADHD was an uncommon yet probably obvious malady known only in large metropolitan areas. I assumed those suffering from it were easily picked out. I thought they would be noticeable to one and all by the fact that they would be doing nothing. Unable to concentrate on anything long enough to get started, they would flit from idea to idea, never being able to make a plan, let alone execute one.
Archive for April, 2011
In a London hospital gift shop the other day I found myself staring at a rack of magazines. Do you ever find yourself staring at something mindlessly, wondering how you got there?
Anyway, I remembered a friend telling me about an article on ADHD in Chatelaine, so I decided to check it out. Join me in the gift shop, won’t you? View full article »
(with apologies to Dr. Zeuss)
When people try
To describe me
They think they’ll just
I’ve often thought
That in my life
I have endured
A lot of strife
There have been spells
Of feeling blue
And times I didn’t
Have a clue
And other times
When I’d zone in
Would wear me thin
So that if someone
Talked to me
I’d buzz and sting
Just like a bee View full article »
Well, I think I did day 20′s post about four weeks ago … let’s see … yep, there it is, right there. A window on my world! Some of the things I’ve been asked to do for the challenge are not in that post, but hey, I’ve been so busy this month I’m lucky to get a post up at all.
And I seem to be a day late and a dollar short when I do post. Such is the nature of ADHD. When I set my mind to doing so many posts in a given amount of time or on a schedule, I’m good with it.But to have actual prompts seems to be an issue. I seem to be having trouble with it, and I’ve figured out why. View full article »
So, mindfulness, being mindful. And do this while I’m writing a blog. What an interesting concept. I’m not sure it can be done. I’m a strong believer in the creative spirit, but I also believe that being creative is really just reassembling things you’ve collected into different things. And in many cases we assemble things as a representation of other things.
Wow, that sounded convoluted … View full article »
A monk named Mendel once said “This genetic things stuck in my head.” He was riddled with doubt ’Til he figured it out Or, at least, this is what I have read. Taylor McKinlay
The Wego writers challenge for today, well yesterday, I’m always behind, was to open a book and point at a line … and use that as the blog post title. I thought: “This will be a short post. What can I write about a line taken out of context from a book?” Ouch! Was I wrong. View full article »
Things I want … and I’m not being impulsive here … I don’t think …
The technology is available for many advancements that would be beneficial to those of us with ADHD.
You know, I’ve harped on this subject before. To recap just one example, my car should not wait ’til I’m a mile down the road to remind me that I put my signal light on, but changed my mind. That’s when I hate my car. When I put on the signal light it should chime with every flash, except when the brake is on. So if I’m sitting at an intersection – no noise, but as soon as I pull away – ding – ding – ding. As it is now, I’m driving along, minding my own business, when suddenly my car starts chiming. It’s saying “Ha, ha! you’ve been driving and signalling for five minutes. Everybody thinks you’re a space cadet. I couldn’t keep from laughing any longer, I just had to tell you.” – damned car! View full article »
April 7th Leave your health a text or voicemail …
I chose to leave a voice mail for my ADHD instead, I think that’s fair … don’t you?
“ Just checking in. We were supposed to talk at … oh, I guess it was half an hour ago. Sorry I’m late – got distracted. But I thought you were supposed to be there for another hour at least. Did I forget something? Did you? Now I don’t know if you got distracted and took off, forgot about our appointment and didn’t make it back in time, or if you’re angry with me for being late and are screening your calls.
Oh well, all I can do is recite the ADHD mantra for you … ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry, I’m sorry! Get back to me when you can … pleeeaaase??? …”
The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge
Dammitol (that’s a new medication that’s supposed to be effective in the fight against frustration), this was supposed to be quick little blurbs and here I’ve written a full post. This is going to be a long month!
Wednesday April 6 “I write about my health because…”
Wow, what a challenge … I hadn’t given it much thought. Of course, having ADHD means I’ve made many decisions without giving them much thought. But still, you’d think that a commitment like the one I’ve taken on here would have had some deliberation behind it … View full article »